Transnet hub boost for small business

first_img7 August 2013The newly launched Transnet enterprise development hub will expand business opportunities for smaller enterprises and new business entrants, Public Enterpises Minister Malusi Gigaba said at the launch in Johannesburg on Tuesday.The hub will be a “one-stop shop” for entrepreneurs and new players – from registering their businesses to financial support.State-owned firm Transnet will invest over R2-billion in the hub, with the aim of developing enterprises and to assist them in participating in the economy.“The hub, the first of its kind in the country with an integrated approach, will be a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs and potential suppliers to Transnet,” Gigaba said.“Services on offer will include business development, business registration, procurement advisory services, tax registration and compliance, financial support and guidance on black economic empowerment requirements, among others.‘An enabling environment for business’“The plan is to roll out the concept across the country. R60-million has been set aside for this and it might increase in the months and years to come,” he said.The launch of the hub comes over a year after Transnet announced its intention to spend R300-billion through its Market Demand Strategy on capital projects over a seven-year period in projects it said would to create 588 000 jobs.Gigaba said the launch of this hub was a concept that would pave way for more hubs to be opened at other parts of the country.“R200-million will be for other enterprise development initiatives such as business incubation, financial and non-financial support focused on providing an enabling environment for small business,” he said.“R200-million will be invested annually over the MDS period, increasing as the Transnet profit itself increases.”The hub will primarily target potential suppliers to Transnet and up-and-coming entrepreneurs will also get advice on a broad range of opportunities, including teaching them how to tender for Transnet business.‘Lifeblood of the economy’Gigaba said small businesses were the lifeblood of the economy and that 12-million South Africans relied on small businesses to survive.“The aim of this intervention is to ensure that we increase the participation of small businesses in the mainstream economy, as they have been identified as critical to unlocking economic growth as well as the pursuit of inclusive growth,” he said.“Small businesses in South Africa employ between 60% and 70% of the employable population. I therefore believe that it is our responsibility as government to harness this opportunity.”The hub will operate five days a week and was created in partnership with the South African Revenue Service, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, BEE Verification Agency, the National Youth Development Agency, Small Enterprise Development Agency and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Companies Intellectual Property Commission.“Transnet provides the bulk of the funding, while the partners provide advice and expertise on their respective areas,” Gigaba said.“The partnership is expected to cultivate strategic relationships between Transnet, provincial and national economic development institutions and provide small businesses access to financial and non-financial support.“It is our firm belief that the hub will provide meaningful contribution in supporting and promoting viable and sustainable SMMEs that will have a direct impact in the economy through job creation.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Payola: The Dark Side of PR

first_imgcormac foster Related Posts Tags:#crime#journalism#marketing In 2013? Seriously? Wasn’t Payola over in the 60s (or at least after the J-Lo scandal of 2005?). I had to see if this had legs, so I submitted a bidless proposal.Into The Heart of DarknessThe next day, I got a response, asking me to promote a small virtualization vendor: Their price for selling my soul? 25 bucks. That hurt.I contacted the vendor’s PR department, ready to tear them a a new one, but instead of excuses, I got shock and horror. They claimed to be completely in the dark – and I believed them. I emailed the poster, asking if the company was a knowing client. They said yes. I replied, telling them I’d contacted the company and heard just the opposite.Crickets.It’s been four days, and all communications have ceased.The vendor was pissed. In fact, the Senior Product Manager with whom I spoke was angry enough to threaten legal action against the job poster, and I believe that’s already begun. That action is the reason I’m not naming names, though you can probably find the job by digging on your own, if you’re curious. UPDATE: After the publication of the piece, I was contacted by the vendor’s actual PR firm, a boutique outfit that’s worked with some very large technology brands. We’ve worked with them in the past. At this point, I became even more convinced that the scammers were flying solo.I reported the job to Elance, describing its varying levels of sketchiness, but it’s still up, and will probably stay there. As far as I can tell (and please correct me if I’m wrong, folks), there’s no law against paying for references in a blog. Still, when I mentioned “paid placement” to the poster, they shot back a clarification right away. They were “pitching an idea.” They just happened to pay money if they were allowed to review the post before publication and that “idea” made its way to a site.Pay-For-Play Alive And WellSemantic juggling fixes everything.The point here is that payola is apparently alive and well in the blogosphere. If the going rate is truly only $25 for a mention in a respectable publication, it’s easy to see the appeal – a dozen mentions would cost less than the airfare to send one rep on a briefing. But why would one of these shady agencies spend money to promote a non-client?The biggest advantage is protection. When you’re feeling out an ethically-icky situation, you don’t want to dangle any top-shelf clients that can expose you. Once the journalist is on the take, both parties have a vested interest in keeping things quiet, so the agency can relax a bit. The other benefit is promotion. The by-product of all this fishing will be a catalog of company references in relevant publications, which could be an excellent door-opener for sales. In any case, freelancing sites provide a fantastic layer of anonymity for shady promoters. It’s something Elance, Guru.com and the rest of the freelance marketplaces will have to address in the future.Maybe all my instincts are wrong, and the vendor was actually involved. It’s always possible, but it doesn’t change the conclusion. There’s apparently still money in buying off journalists, and from the looks of it, they aren’t very expensive. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… We all know PR reps work charm and tsotchkes to build “relationships” with journalists and analysts, but they’re way less shady than, say, Black Hat scammers in the SEO biz, right?Apparently not. A few weeks ago, I saw the following job post on Elance. The description was a remarkably up-front pay-for-play bid:We need people who can publish news articles at news sites PR2+.You choose the topic and weave in the subject we assign. After a review, you publish to a specified news site.Several journalists needed. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Westbrook has season-best 46 to lead Thunder past Wizards

first_imgNBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City MOST READ Anthony is still getting used to his team winning when he has off nights.“I’ve got to remind myself that I am on the team with somebody else, and they do some of the things that you are capable of doing that you have been doing your whole career,” he said. “But for me to be on the same side as that — I don’t have to go after it every night. I just take what the other team is giving us. It’s a beauty to watch when it’s working and when it’s clicking, especially now when we are winning games.”Bradley Beal scored 41 points, John Wall had 21 and Markieff Morris added 20 for the Wizards, who committed 23 turnovers.The Thunder took a 54-40 lead into halftime, but Washington tied the score at 68 before the Thunder rallied. Felton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Thunder up 10, and Oklahoma City led 82-74 at the end of the period.A powerful right-handed jam by Westbrook gave the Thunder a 92-85 lead in the fourth, and a steal by George led to a dunk by Westbrook that put Oklahoma City up 99-89 with just under seven minutes to play. Westbrook punctuated his performance with a two-handed breakaway jam with about a minute remaining.ADVERTISEMENT “We came back,” Beal said. “I don’t think the deficit was too bad. It was just those offensive rebounds and those turnovers down the stretch.“We clawed back into the game, we were moving the ball in transition efficiently, getting rebounds, and all of a sudden, that kind of died down and stopped. When that happens, the game totally flipped in their favor and the momentum changed.”TIP-INSWizards: Coach Scott Brooks spent seven years as Thunder coach. … Went more than four minutes without scoring to start the game. … C Ian Mahinmi committed three fouls in three minutes in the first quarter and finished with four fouls in 11 minutes.Thunder: George drained a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer but was called for a technical foul on the play. … Westbrook will be on the Team LeBron All-Star squad along with former Thunder player Kevin Durant.JOKE’S ON WESTBROOKAnthony had Westbrook, whose name appeared last, convinced the list of All-Stars was in order of selection. After Westbrook learned that the list was alphabetical, he responded to his teammate.“See, I told you man, it’s in alphabetical order man,” he told Anthony. “Of course I was first.”STAT LINESWestbrook is averaging just 2.5 3-point attempts during Oklahoma City’s win streak. He averaged 4.6 per game before that.“Yeah, trying to keep attacking the basket and find ways to get in the paint and make plays happen,” he said.QUOTABLEBeal on whether Adams, who was issued a technical foul for kicking him in the groin in the third quarter, did it intentionally: “I don’t know if it was or not, all I know is I got kicked where I shouldn’t have.”UP NEXTWizards: at Atlanta on Sunday. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Thunder: at Detroit on Sunday. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I just read the game honestly and if it’s time for me to take over, then that’s what I do,” Westbrook said.George scored 18 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Anthony added 13 on 4-for-11 shooting. Westbrook filled in the gap by making 19 of 29 field goals in one of his most efficient shooting performances of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need him to be that way,” Oklahoma City reserve point guard Raymond Felton said. “Some nights he can score 46, some nights he can score 20. Whatever it is, we still need him to be aggressive the way he was tonight.”Steven Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won 20 of 28 after an 8-12 start. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Durant drops triple-double, Warriors hit 21 3s to beat Wolves Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony couldn’t find their shooting rhythm, so Russell Westbrook went into attack mode and overwhelmed the Wizards.Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points, and Oklahoma City beat Washington 121-112 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

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