Toyota SA gears up for exports

first_img12 April 2007Toyota South Africa has completed the R2.4-billion expansion of its manufacturing plant in Prospecton, south of Durban, paving the way for the company to become a major exporter of fully built-up vehicles.The company, 75% owned by the Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan, began its expansion programme five year ago to enable production of the new Hilux as part of Toyota’s global International Innovative Multipurpose Vehicle (IMV) programme for both local and export markets.Approximately half of the investment amount was set aside for local suppliers and contractors.Toyota SA said in a statement last month that the new facility has more than doubled the component stamping capacity at Prospecton, as the company aims to produce 220 000 vehicles a year on a two-shift basis by 2008.“The successful completion of this project and the introduction of the IMV resulted in Toyota Motor Corporation giving an emphatic indication of its confidence in Toyota South Africa as a partner in its global manufacturing network by announcing that the Prospecton plant would become a source plant for a second high-volume export model,” said Toyota SA chief executive Johan van Zyl.“Like the IMV, this model is destined for export to Europe, in both right- and left-hand drive form, with production due to start during 2007.”The stamping facility features two new-generation presses using technology developed by Toyota for use only in its own plants. Toyota South Africa is only the third country, including Japan, to make use of this technology.Improvements at its manufacturing plant will also bring a steady steel supply to the company’s stamping lines, eliminating the need to source steel from Gauteng.“When Toyota SA is producing at its 220 000 units per annum design capacity, approximately half of the production will be for export markets,” Van Zyl said. “This will be a 120% increase over the 50 000 plus units exported by Toyota South Africa in 2006.”The company commissioned a state-of-the-art R1-billion water-based paint plant in August 2006, one of only five such plants commissioned globally by reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa opens new visa facilitation centres

first_img9 June 2014 South Africa is busy setting up 11 new visa facilitation centres, managed by international outsourcing and technology services specialist VFS Global, in order to streamline services for foreign nationals applying for visa extensions or changes in South Africa while tightening the country’s security. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria last week, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the centres would efficiently implement the country’s new immigration rules, which came into effect last month, while making life easier for foreign tourists, business people, workers or students who need extended or altered visas within a short space of time. “This is a radical departure from the existing mode of manual application processes that are responsible for inefficiencies within the permitting environment,” Gigaba said. VFS Global, a specialist service provider for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has been contracted to automate and run the application process, including managing the call centre and the 11 facilitation centres spread across South Africa’s nine provinces. Foreigners in South Africa who, for example, need to extend their temporary residence visas for study or work, will be able to apply online and set up an appointment before visiting the nearest facilitation centre to submit their personal biometrics (fingerprints and photographs). Handling and visa fees will all be paid electronically. Although VFS Global will be responsible for processing visa applications, the decision to approve or reject applications still lies with the Department of Home Affairs. “We will be able to exercise full control over the decision-making processes to ensure that our national interests and security imperatives are served at all times,” Gigaba said. The decision to set up the new facilitation centres and contract their running out to a private company had been informed “by none other than our commitment to improve efficiencies and turnaround times,” he added. The department has already introduced such centres in a number of its high-volume missions abroad – including its missions in China, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria – where it had previously struggled to cut down on long queues and long turn-around times, Gigaba said. “We have visa facilitation centres at quite a few of our high-volume missions abroad and they have been working fairly successfully … contributing, I might add, to the success of our tourism stats over the last few years. It is this good practice that we hope to roll out in South Africa.” According to the Department of Home Affairs, the 11 visa facilitation centres will all be open and fully functional by the end of June. They include two centres in Gauteng province and the Western Cape, and one in each of the other seven provinces, as follows: Eastern Cape – Port ElizabethFree State – BloemfonteinGauteng – Johannesburg and PretoriaKwaZulu-Natal -DurbanLimpopo – PolokwaneMpumalanga – NelspruitNorthern Cape – KimberleyNorth West – RustenburgWestern Cape – Cape Town and George SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Zuckerberg Speaks! New Privacy Settings Coming to Facebook (But no Rollbacks)

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… sarah perez Tags:#Facebook#Features#NYT#privacy#security#Trends#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos But you don’t have to go that far to see the potential dangers of an over-sharing user base who thinks they’re penning short missives that will only be read by a closed group of friends. For example: these people are talking about doing the drug salvia, these people prefer smoking pot, these women are cheating on their husband (or are being cheated on by him), these people hate their boss, these people just came out of the closet, these people hate gays, these people are either joking or serious about being an alcoholic, these people are taking an HIV test, and so on. (Click through on those links and you’ll find full names and photos to accompany each status update. We won’t publish specific examples here, however). Outside of a handful of exhibitionists, the people cited above likely believe what they’re sharing is private. They are mistaken.And what will easier privacy settings do for these people, these, the unconcerned mainstream masses that are the bulk of Facebook’s 400-plus million active users? The answer is nothing because they don’t even know their privacy is being violated to begin with. They don’t know the recommended settings Facebook prompted users to accept starting late last year made everything of consequence public from status updates to photos. They don’t know that their likes are now public. They don’t know that their thoughts are indexed by new, public-facing search engines like OpenBook, OneRiot and Booshaka. And they won’t care until something bad happens. Bad, as in “losing one’s job, losing one’s health insurance, losing one’s parental rights, losing one’s relationships, etc.” writes boyd, offering more down-to-earth suggestions of potential damages. Missing the Point: Damage Has Been Done To those who don’t follow privacy issues on Facebook closely, the Zuckerberg letter appears to address the issue well enough – Easier privacy tools are coming? Great! – but that misses the point. What’s more important is what’s not being said. Reading between the lines, it’s clear that Facebook is not rolling back any of its previous changes. It’s not resetting people’s profiles to “private”; it’s not switching off the “instant personalization” feature; it’s not changing to an opt-in model. And while Facebook won’t confirm that this is the case, (on the record, that is), it’s obvious to anyone who’s clued in to Facebook’s overall agenda what’s going on here: Zuckerberg will have his way. He will see his vision realized. At the end of day, the net effect of all this “openness” may, in fact, be a better world. But getting there will be hard, and people’s lives may be damaged in the process. Do those affected have only themselves to blame for putting thoughts online that should have remained in their heads? Perhaps. But Facebook once told its users it was a safe place to share these things.. .and sadly, many people believed that was true. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg penned a public statement about Facebook privacy issues and what’s being done about that issue by way of an article published in today’s Washington Post. In the brief, carefully crafted mea culpa, Zuckerberg addresses the ongoing privacy backlash the site is now facing: “We just missed the mark,” he wrote, referring to the overly complex, granular privacy settings and controls that offer toggles for everything from search engine visibility to whether or not your photo albums can be seen by your boss. What wasn’t addressed, however, was why the need for clearer, easier-to-use privacy settings became such an urgent matter in the first place. And that is at the core of Facebook’s steamroller approach to forcing people into public sharing, a corporate philosophy that seems less about impact to its bottom line and more about fulfilling Zuckerberg’s personal vision for a more social Web: “If people share more, the world will become more open and connected,” he writes in the article. “And a world that’s more open and connected is a better world.” New Privacy Settings ComingIf we take a big-picture view of the issue at hand, an “open and connected” world may indeed be a better one. But in the harsh light of everyday reality, the situation isn’t as rosy. As social media researcher danah boyd (yes, lower case is how she writes her name) notes in a recent blog post, “Zuckerberg doesn’t know how to resolve the positive (and in his head inevitable) outcomes of transparency with the possible challenges of surveillance.” Taking it to the extreme, she points to an example of the dangerous outcomes: “When a father in Saudi Arabia caught his daughter interacting with men on Facebook, he killed her.” (The example was pulled from the upcoming book, “The Facebook Effect,” by David Kirkpatrick, an inside account about Facebook’s creation.) last_img read more

DMs honoured for pioneering work

first_imgVillagers from Chaparai in Andhra Pradesh’s Left Wing Extremism-affected East Godavari district had to walk for kilometres to get any help due to lack of telecom connectivity, but all that changed with District Magistrate Kartikeya Mishra’s out-of-the-box idea following diarrhoea deaths there in 2017. Mr. Mishra used Google X’s FSOC technology to take telecom connectivity to the remote village and bring about a “mini telecom revolution” there. 16 categoriesFor innovative thinking and setting an example of good governance, Mr. Mishra along with 14 other District Magistrates were honoured with The Indian Express Excellence in Governance Awards on Wednesday. Awards were given out in 16 categories ranging from Agriculture to Education and Technology to Women Development. Mr. Mishra won the award in two categories. Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Jitendra Singh gave out the awards to the IAS officers.last_img read more

Chicago Bulls stay hot after tough win over Grizzlies on the road

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Rafael Nadal tumbles out of Mexican Open, falling to Nick Kyrgios Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town TIP-INSBulls: G Kris Dunn and F Porter both returned to the lineup after missing Monday’s loss to Milwaukee, Dunn with a migraine and Porter with a left shoulder strain. . Wayne Selden reached a career-high four steals in the first half. … Markkanen has led the Bulls in rebounds 12 of the last 14 games. . Robin Lopez scored two points, ending a string of eight straight games in double figures.Grizzlies: C/F Ivan Rabb missed the game with right heel soreness. Bruno Caboclo started in his spot. … Before the game, Conley was awarded the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for January. .Valanciunas has scored in double figures all five games he’s played with Memphis since he joined the team in a trade deadline deal.MORE BICKERSTAFFBickerstaff’s entire postgame press conference — more than four minutes long — was on the play where Conley was knocked down in the closing seconds with no call. He repeatedly said the team has talked to the league about the lack of calls for the Memphis point guard, but the Memphis coach sees no change in what he believes is a lack of well-earned respect for Conley. “This season we’ve had the same conversation about Mike Conley and nothing has changed,” Bickerstaff said, later adding: “I don’t know how far we have to go to get results. I’m trying to be respectful of the process. We’ve done that all year, and it’s led to absolutely nothing. It’s led to no change.” Bickerstaff went on to emphasize that a player like Conley is the kind of person the league should want to promote. “He’s not the type of person you want to continually disrespect.”UP NEXTBulls: Travel to Atlanta on Friday to face the Hawks.Grizzlies: Face the Mavericks in Dallas on Saturday. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 “Clear as day, center of the floor, Mike Conley gets tackled,” Bickerstaff said. The Memphis coach noted if the foul was called, Memphis would have gotten a foul shot and the ball back with a one-possession deficit. He later said of what he perceived as a lack of calls for Conley: “It’s maddening.”Avery Bradley led Memphis with 23 points and seven assists, while Conley added 21 points and six assists. Justin Holiday and Valanciunas scored 13 points apiece.In game featuring two teams residing near the bottom of their respective conferences, Chicago carried a 75-74 advantage into the fourth after three quarters with 18 lead changes, 14 ties and no team having a lead of more than six points. Chicago extended the lead to 93-85 when Markkanen scored inside with 5:30 remaining.From there, the Bulls maintained leads of five to seven points until a four-point play by Conley tightened things at 103-100 with 1:20 remaining. But Memphis couldn’t overtake Chicago, as a 3-pointer at the horn by Valanciunas provided the final margin.“We’re just learning, and we’re trying to get wins,” Porter said. “We’re trying to build for the future, and trying to start something new.”ADVERTISEMENT Lauri Markkanen finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Otto Porter Jr. added 20 points for Chicago, which defeated Memphis 122-110 on Feb. 13, a victory that started the Bulls’ success over the last half of the month.“A hard-fought win for us,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said, noting the 20 lead changes and 15 ties. “I don’t like the 33-point fourth (quarter), and I don’t like that we lost the boards (46-42), but overall, I thought our defense was pretty darn good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOn a key play in the closing seconds, Memphis was taking the ball out with 17 seconds left and trailing 106-102. As Memphis guard Mike Conley tried to use a screen by Jonas Valanciunas, he fell near midcourt and the inbounds pass sailed past him out of bounds. The turnover gave the Bulls the ball, ending any chance of the Grizzlies overtaking Chicago.That led to a postgame rant from Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff regarding the lack of respect for Conley. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) drives against Memphis Grizzlies guard Delon Wright (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tennessee— Despite sitting near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls are on a bit of a roll and closed out their best month of the season.Zach LaVine scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 109-107 on Wednesday night. The win was the fourth in five games for Chicago, and the Bulls finished February 5-5, the first time they reached .500 in a month this season.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIESlast_img read more