RED Door opens for small business

first_img21 February 2006The Western Cape’s RED Door initiative for developing small business in the province has grown to 10 centres – including one mobile centre – that offer budding entrepreneurs a range of services to help them get new businesses off the ground.The Real Enterprise Development initiative, or RED Door, aims to harness the entrepreneurial drive of unemployed and self-employed South Africans. The concept is supported by international research revealing the power of the small business sector to reduce unemployment.The first RED Door offices were opened in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain in November 2004. Since then, seven other RED Doors have opened across the Western Cape: in Atlantis, Beaufort West, Hermanus, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Paarl and Vredenberg.And on 20 February, the first mobile RED Door was launched in Cape Town. The unit travels between the Bellville Interchange, Sivuyile College and the Wynberg Library, taking the RED Door’s services to people, such as those with disabilities, who don’t know about, or have difficulty reaching, the stationary offices.The provincial government plans to have 30 RED Doors across the province by 2007, for which it has budgeted in the region of R110-million. Whether or not some of these are mobile units will depend on the success of the first mobile unit, which is running as a pilot project for six months.The RED Door is a one-stop shop for new and existing businesses looking for help and advice, from the most basic to the most sophisticated.Business mentors and advisers speaking Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa offer a range of support, including help with writing a business plan, identifying weak areas in a business, accessing finance, finding accountants and lawyers, taking advantage of government incentives and tenders, improving general business skills and learning how to import and export.Going through the RED Door also means getting access to the internet, to a growing network of business service providers, and occasional use of small conference facilities.Since November 2004, the RED Door project has helped small business owners win tenders worth about R11-million.Delegates to the World Economic Forum’s Africa Economic Summit paid a visit to Khayelitsha’s RED Door in June 2005.Speaking during the visit, Haiko Alfeld, the WEF’s director for Africa, said that while small enterprises were an important driver of growth and poverty reduction in Africa, “many small businesses face serious constraints to growth, including the lack of access to capital, business skills and information, infrastructure and technology.“The RED Door concept perhaps offers a way out of this logjam,” Alfeld said. “We have heard very good news about this concept, and wanted our delegates to experience it first-hand.” reporterlast_img read more

SA engineer to help build Bloodhound

first_imgBeverly Singh receives her Bloodhound SSC Chevening Scholarship from the UK’s deputy high commissioner in South Africa, Martin Reynolds. (Image: Bloodhound SSC) Wing commander Andy Green, who will attempt to break his own land speed record set up in 1997 in the Thrust SSC, inspired Singh to apply for a spot on the Bloodhound team.(Image: Janine Erasmus) The Bloodhound SSC has been years in development, and will be ready to break the land speed barrier by 2015.(Image: Bloodhound SSC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina Joubert  PR, Bloodhound SSC  +27 83 409 4254 RELATED ARTICLES • Bloodhound brings world focus to SA • Proudly SA helmet for Bloodhound • Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports • SKA: who gets what Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Beverly Singh, an engineering graduate from Port Elizabeth, is the first recipient of the Bloodhound SSC Chevening Scholarship – she will work with the construction team on the final assembly stages of the supersonic car, while pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.Initiated in 1983, the Chevening Scholarship programme is funded by the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations. It was originally known as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Awards Scheme but in 1994 was named after Chevening House in Kent, an official residence of the UK’s foreign minister.The Chevening programme singles out scholars with leadership potential from around the world, and gives them the chance for postgraduate studies at universities in the UK. For the 2011-2012 round of applications, the number of scholarships was increased to more than 700 worldwide. Of these, about 30 will come from South Africa.To date, there are over 40 000 alumni from 116 countries, excluding the US and EU. Singh joins previous recipients such as Iceland’s prime minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Jaime Bermudez, the Colombian minister of foreign affairs, former Polish prime minister Marek Belka, and Lili Wang, the vice-governor of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.A process engineer at Kestrel Renewable Energy, a company that builds wind turbines, Singh graduated in 2008 with a diploma in mechanical engineering and in 2012 with a Bachelor of Technology degree – both from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She completed her practical training at General Motors South Africa and also worked at Eveready.She is now preparing to join the Bloodhound development team in the UK in September, while she studies for a master’s degree at the University of the West of England in Bristol.“The university has great research facilities and is in partnership with great companies – Rolls Royce, Boeing, etc. – and I’m also looking forward to travelling and meeting new and interesting people,” she said.Singh will work with the supersonic car’s team at their technical facility in the Bristol suburb of Avonmouth. Bloodhound is scheduled to come to the speed run site of Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape in 2015 for a series of test, during which it’s expected to break the current land speed record of 1 221 km/h.In 2016 the car will return to the Northern Cape for the big assault on the 1 609 km/h (1 000 mph) barrier.The university is already involved in the Bloodhound project and was one of its founder sponsors.Breaking barriersSingh received her scholarship from the UK’s deputy high commissioner Martin Reynolds, at a function in Johannesburg in mid-August.“In 2011 I attended a lecture by [Bloodhound driver] Andy Green at the university, where he explained what they are trying to achieve, and the engineering challenges, and I was inspired,” she explained. “On the website of the SA Institution of Chemical Engineers I saw an ad for the scholarship and I knew it was definitely something I want to be a part of.”Singh attributes her love of engineering to a grandfather who enjoyed working on cars, and from an early age she was hooked. “I was always interested in learning about technology and how things work, and the logical and practical side of it, and that got me into engineering.”She is keen to gain new knowledge and skills in the engineering field. “I share Bloodhound’s passion for education and sharing knowledge, and inspiring young students to get more involved in engineering, science and maths.”Singh would ultimately like to establish a manufacturing training facility for young South Africans, where they can learn crucial skills that will boost the country’s economy.last_img read more

Mozilla’s Raindrop: An Open Conversation Aggregator

first_imgWhile most conversation aggregators are concerned with harnessing your river of data, Mozilla is breaking it down into manageable raindrops. According to a morning blog post on the Mozilla Labs site the company is launching the prototype for Raindrop 0.1, a product that they’re calling “open messaging for the open web”. While Mozilla’s Snowl Firefox Add-On made it possible to follow streams and rivers of messages in your existing browser, Raindrop offers what appears to be a much cleaner interface and an API to hack on your own personal conversation dashboard. Raindrop’s mission is to “make it enjoyable to participate in conversations from people you care about, whether the conversations are in email, on twitter, a friend’s blog or as part of a social networking site.” Essentially, Raindrop is cutting out the noise and pulling in the information that is actually of interest. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Raindrop UX Design and Demo from Mozilla Messaging on Vimeo.Thanks to Arjo for the tip! The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos dana oshiro Tags:#Social Bookmarking#social networks#web center_img While email clients can filter bot and spam messages, it’s more difficult to discern between personal and general messages from real people. With Raindrop, users messages are categorized and prioritized. For example, in Twitter your direct messages and reply messages are highlighted while the rest of the stream is cast aside. Meanwhile, mailing list messages are also given their own category, separate from personal emails. As with most Mozilla products, the group will encourage front-end widgets and code from outside 3rd party developers. While the tool certainly shows promise, it is currently only available to developers. The group’s first priority is to build a downloadable installer. To ensure that you’re one of the first non-developer testers, keep an eye on Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

We have not bid for Kylian Mbappe: Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied that the club have made a bid for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, whom he believes will stay at the French club.Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the 18-year-old who has become one of Europe’s most sought-after strikers.”We have not made any offer,’ Wenger told reporters after Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.”I think he will stay, it looks like that. One more season. Maybe he has too much choice. In the end, people don’t move.”What we know now is that Mbappe is over 100 million (pounds) and after that it’s free to imagine what you want,” said Wenger.Wenger also said that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would stay despite interest from Chelsea and Liverpool.”Hundred percent I expect him to stay,” he said. “No matter what happens he will stay.”last_img read more