For a region that has very little mining activity Cape Town has become rather fond of the Mining Indaba.This is understandable, as over its 20-year existence, the event aimed at generating interest in the African mining sector has grown into the world’s largest mining conference, resulting in it making a notable contribution to the City’s economy. The Indaba has generated R485-million in revenue and creating 3750 direct and indirect jobs between 2006 and 2013 for the local economy.Cape Town is adept at hosting large businesses conferences – it also hosts the annual Design Indaba and Africa Com events – but with 7800 delegates attending from 110 countries, the Mining Indaba is clearly one of the marquee business events for the City.“It remains one of our signature annual conferences, directly bringing in revenue and trade and indirectly creating goodwill and new partnerships,” said Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille, opening this year’s Mining Indaba.Though the City has benefitted from hosting the Indaba over the past 20 years, it now wants to deepen its ties to the mining sector beyond the few days in which the conference takes place.During her speech, De Lille pitched the city as a possible base for foreign companies looking to set up shop on the continent.She argued that while there were “extremely limited mining activities” in the region, the city was still well placed to serve their needs because it had “sophisticated tertiary services, reliable infrastructure and advanced commercial and banking practices”.De Lille showed how serious she was about having the 2100 companies represented at the conference moving to the Cape by giving out her e-mail address – email@example.com – and asked those interested to contact her directly about a possible move.Getting groups aligned to the mining industry to move to the Mother City is not that farfetched considering how the region has made strides in deepening its ties to the rest of continent over the past few years. The Western Cape’s trade promotion industry, Wesgro, said, for instance, the region’s trade with the rest of Africa was R51.4-billion in 2012.Businesses in the Western Cape have also backed 55 cross-border projects totalling R10.9-billion between January 2003 and May 2013.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180404_RyanMartinRains blew past expectations yesterday. We way undershot the level of moisture that ended up coming through. Rain is still trying to exit the state to the east this morning, and even though there was a lot more than we wanted or needed…it does not change the fact that bi-polar Mother Nature has decided she wants more winter.Cold air started to blast in to the far northwest part of the state early this morning, and will continue to sink south and east through the day. With this cold air arrival, we can’t rule out a little bit of light snow in NW Ohio this morning, and as the day wears on it can become a bigger part of the forecast in north central and northeast Ohio. Most of the snowflakes stay north of US 30, but we won’t rule it out completely in a few isolated areas farther south. In north central and northeast parts of the state, we can see lake enhancement bolster the snow chances this afternoon and evening.Clouds mix with some sun tomorrow and then another fast moving wave of moisture moves in over the northern third of the state overnight Thursday night. This likely brings light snow and flurries that can leave a coating to an inch from US 30 northward from midnight Thursday night to sunrise Friday morning. The rest of the state looks dry through the daytime hours Friday.Overnight Friday night through Saturday moisture pushes up over the southern half of the state. This will trigger mostly snow from I-70 southward, and the best accumulations will be from US 50 southward. Liquid equivalent precipitation will be from .25”-.6” meaning we can easily see several inches of snow in the south. Everything is done by Saturday midday.The Saturday and Sunday look to be mostly dry. High pressure moves across the state Saturday and we have some minor south winds in for Sunday. Still, cold air rules the weekend, and we see only minor moderation in temps for Sunday. South and southeast winds do develop Sunday afternoon ahead of our next system early next week, allowing temps to get back closer to normal.Moisture is back to start next week. Overnight Sunday night low pressure moves into the state. The system brings two waves of moisture, both triggering mostly wet snow. The first wave from midnight Sunday through Monday brings a coating to an inch or two to about 70% of the state. Then a second wave moves through Tuesday, with more intense precipitation .WE can see several inches of snow over 40% of the state, but there can be some rain mixing in, mostly over the southern third of the state. Still, temps are cold enough for mostly snow. Total liquid equivalent precipitation from the two waves Monday and Tuesday can be .25”-.7” with 80% coverage. We will hone on snow potential more at the end of the week.We finally put together about 36 hours of dry weather for the entire state from Wednesday through next Thursday midday. Next Thursday afternoon, precipitation is back, but with south winds, temps moderate just enough to be looking at all rain. Temps will not be above normal, but will not be quite so cold.So, to put it in blunt terms, we see no day over the next 10 with temps above normal, and 9 of them will be below to well below normal. This colder surge has caused us to have to talk up snow much more this morning, and lessen our thoughts of rain. Soil temps will stay in the 30s through mid-month…and there can be no talk what-so-ever on field work through mid-month either. It’s not what we want to hear, but it is the truth. The precipitation forecast may get tweaked, but make no mistake…the pattern is cold and damp. The maps below show total 10 day snow accumulations (now through next Friday) at top, and total 10 day liquid equivalent precipitation at bottom.
There will be no easing of the prevailing curfew-like restrictions and communications blockade in Kashmir, at least till the Independence Day functions — planned to be held in all districts of the Valley — are concluded, as the administration is buoyed by the calm maintained by people during Id and Friday prayers.“The restrictions are being eased out in a phased manner in the Valley,” said J&K government spokesperson Rohit Kansal. “Normal situation in the Jammu division has been restored,” he added.Mr. Kansal, however, remained non-committal about any time frame for restoring communications including the Internet in the Valley. Residents in the valley have largely been cut off from the rest of the country and the world since August 5. He also asserted that no untoward incident had been reported anywhere in Kashmir in the past 24 hours.Also Read Newspapers pause publication Police officials said authorities did not want to leave anything to chance ahead of Independence Day. All venues were in the process of undergoing “security sanitisation”, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.Mr. Kansal said full dress rehearsals for the I-Day functions were held in every district of the Valley on Tuesday. “The necessary arrangements have been put in place for grand and befitting functions,” he added.Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute at the march-past in Srinagar’s main venue Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium.Once the hotspot for separatists to organise street protests, Lal Chowk’s Ghanta Ghar was also being spruced up for the I-Day celebrations.In a separate move, Mr. Kansal said the J&K government would host a first-ever global summit, attracting investors from many countries, between October 12-16. “The summit will see investors travelling to Srinagar, Jammu and Ladakh,” he added.This is a major bid by the authorities to establish confidence among the local population on the development front.The Centre has affirmed that J&K offers major potential in tourism and information technology sectors and is keen to help the province to tap it.