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Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — In a move that gives the Oakland Athletics a backup plan if their proposal to build a new ballpark at Howard Terminal strikes out, Alameda County supervisors agreed Tuesday to sell the county’s ownership share of the Coliseum complex to the team for $85 million and get out of the sports business.A nonbinding term sheet that the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved lays out the purchase price, payment …
Human engineers may join forces with cellular architects to produce the next generation of paints, cosmetics and holograms, reported Science Daily. Scientists are finding ways to harness the rapid growth of diatoms. Manufacturing consumer products with these properties currently requires energy-intensive, high-temperature, high-pressure industrial processes that create tiny artificial reflectors. But farming diatom shells, which essentially harnesses a natural growth process, could provide an alternative that takes place at normal room temperature and pressure, dramatically reducing energy needs and so cutting carbon dioxide emissions. The process is also extremely rapid — in the right conditions, one diatom can give rise to 100 million descendants in a month.The products are also biodegradable and have a low carbon footprint. Someday the holograms on your credit card, the shimmering fabric in your clothes, and the sparkle in your face may owe their dazzle to miniature glass-makers of the sea, diatoms.The picture of the five-pointed star diatom in the Science Daily article is worth a thousand words. How did a little one-celled organism figure that out? And why? Surely a plain pill box would have sufficed for survival, but God gave living things beauty as well as function. Search on Diatoms in the search box above for more fascinating facts about these creatures and how they grow their exquisite glass houses.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
KwaZulu-Natal is an important hub of industrial development in sub-Saharan Africa, thanks to its rich natural resources and well-developed infrastructure.The container terminal at the Port of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: Brand South Africa)Economic activities in the province are mainly concentrated on the port of Durban and the capital, Pietermaritzburg, with significant contributions in the Richards Bay-Empangeni area, the Ladysmith-Ezakheni area, the Newcastle-Madadeni regions as well as on the south coast.KwaZulu-Natal province overviewGallery: All-year sunshine in KwaZulu-NatalKwaZulu-Natal provincial governmentTrade & Investment KwaZulu-NatalInvestment opportunitiesKwaZulu-Natal is a competitive region for foreign investment, particularly for re-export opportunities through the port of Durban.The province has identified nine prime targets for inward investment: textiles, clothing, plastic products, chemicals, fabricated metal products, automotive components, wood and wood products, footwear, machinery and appliances. Of these, primary and processed aluminium at world competitive prices from local suppliers, provides a real opportunity for investors in the sector.Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal promotes strategic business growth in the province. Services to prospective inward investors include:Pre- and post-establishment support, such as feasibility studies, liaison with government departments, marketing, technical and financial analyses, and assistance with legal formalities and regional regulations.Provision of infrastructure and utilities.Lease or sale of land and property.Loans for acquisition of plant and equipment.Working capital loans.Introductions to key contacts, such as auditing companies, legal practitioners, material suppliers and shipping groups.IndustryRichards Bay is the centre of operations for South Africa’s aluminium industry. The Richards Bay Coal Terminal is instrumental in securing the country’s position as the second-largest exporter of steam coal in the world. Richards Bay Minerals is the largest sand-mining and mineral-processing operation in the world.Richards Bay Coal TerminalThe vehicle-manufacturing industry has created a considerable multiplier effect in component and service providers. The automotive leather industry has grown rapidly, with exports significantly increasing foreign exchange earnings. KwaZulu-Natal has also recently undergone rapid industrialisation, thanks to its abundant water supply and labour resources. Industries are found at Newcastle, Ladysmith, Dundee, Richards Bay, Durban, Hammarsdale, Richmond, Pietermaritzburg and Mandeni.Substantial progress has been made to the Dube Trade Port and King Shaka International Airport project at La Mercy. It is estimated that redevelopment of the current airport site will create 269 200 jobs over a 25-year period.Durban Chamber of CommerceNewcastle Chamber of CommerceZululand Chamber of BusinessManufacturingThe three largest manufacturing industries are pulp and paper products (19%), chemicals and petrochemicals (17%), and food and beverages (16%).In the chemicals and petrochemicals sector, industrial chemicals comprise a third, at R1.1-billion, of the gross output, petroleum and coal products 30% at R1-billion, chemicals 21% at R700-million, and rubber and plastic products the balance. In the textiles, clothing and leather sector, which represents 15% of the manufacturing sector, textiles contributed 54% at R1.6-billion and clothing 27% at R800-million.The manufacturing sector is geared for export, with nearly a third of South Africa’s manufactured exports being produced in KwaZulu-Natal.TourismThe Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative (see below) has created unique opportunities for investment in tourism in the St Lucia region. The governments of Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland are launching tourism investment opportunities on a scale unparalleled in Africa – in an area of immense potential underpinned by a wealth of natural and cultural resources, including a pristine coastline, classic African game parks, the southernmost coral reefs in Africa and rich indigenous cultures.KwaZulu-Natal Tourism AuthorityKwaZulu-Natal WildlifeLubombo Spatial Development InitiativeStraddling southern Mozambique, eastern Swaziland and northern KwaZulu-Natal, the Lubombo region has some of the most picturesque and unspoiled natural attractions in Africa. At the heart of the region nestles the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, one of South Africa’s seven Unesco World Heritage Sites.The Lubombo region is currently enjoying the biggest and most prolonged tourism boom in its history. The year 2005 marked the 17th successive year of increased foreign visitor arrivals in South Africa, with a record of over 7-million overseas tourists choosing to holiday in the country.The growth in international tourism comes on top of a large, established domestic tourism market currently worth twice as much as its foreign counterpart.Recognising the opportunities offered by this robust growth, a number of excellent tourism investment opportunities have been identified in each of the three countries. These range from beach resorts to boutique hotels and game lodges, and are designed to help establish the Lubombo region as global tourism destination.Until now, the region’s inaccessibility has inhibited development beyond some game reserves and a few lodges. A major new tourist road and secondary roads are being constructed as part of the Lubombo SDI.Some R630-million has been committed to regional support networks such as new roads and the upgrading of the major national access route, park infrastructure such as game fences, internal road networks and tourism facilities, the restocking of the park and various regional programmes that include major new malaria eradication drive.Brand South Africa reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.