Govt confident of surviving no-confidence vote

first_img– calls for support from the publicWith a No-Confidence Motion against it looming, Government on Tuesday reaffirmed that it was confident it would survive the vote; while at the same time hitting out at the Opposition and boasting of its achievements.According to a statement released by the Government’s Department of Public Information (DPI), the coalition reaffirmed its commitment to fulfil its “good life for all” promise at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.While the Government acknowledged there were challenges and a “few” missteps, it insisted that there were also “impressive” successes since 2015. It bragged about its foreign affairs triumphs, the holding of Local Government Elections, regular Parliament sittings and Cabinet meetings and the “marked reduction” in serious crimes.“Our coalition has promoted social security and lifted the image of our Indigenous peoples as Guyanese citizens, enjoying equal rights and opportunities. Our Government has upheld multicultural cooperation and facilitated social cohesion,” the coalition Government, through the DPI, also said.“The coalition Government has restored confidence in, and integrity to, public life. We combatted rampant, pervasive corruption among persons holding public office, reconstituted the Integrity Commission and appointed a Public Procurement Commission to handle state procurement,” the Government added.The Government went on to boast of installing “thousands” of street lights, improvements to education, “reliable public health care”, infrastructural advancements, and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project started under the former Government. Then it spoke of its efforts in the rice sector.“We have worked on securing better and more markets for rice along with launching more seed paddy varieties for farmers who also benefit from several new, high capacity pumps and access to fertilisers,” the Government said.“Guyana can now boast of having a truly national public information network that links the coastland and the hinterland. Our people all across Guyana have free access to the Internet and are connected and communicating with persons all over the world,” the Government said, a reference to its Information Communication Technology (ICT) efforts.“Against this background, the coalition Government is certain that the No-Confidence Motion brought by the Opposition Leader will be resoundingly and comprehensively defeated in the National Assembly on Friday, December 21,” the Government added.On the other hand, Opposition Leader Jagdeo had stated that the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) had proffered several reasons for their move to file a no-confidence motion against the then PPP/C Government. Among them was the restoration of monies cut from the Budget for the Amerindian Development Fund (ADF), hinterland airports, the University of Guyana student loan programme, vouchers for public school students, and the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project.Another reason was the non-transfer of monies to the Consolidated Fund, which was held, legally, by semi-autonomous agencies. A third claim was a procedural breach in the $4 billion transferred to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and allegation of corruption.The Opposition Leader charged that if these reasons could have justified the filing of that No-Confidence Motion, then there is greater justification, now, for the filing of the No-Confidence Motion.He listed several things to support this contention, including the loss of 30,000 jobs; the decimation of the sugar sector; massive increases in the cost of living; and the imposition of hardships on the Guyanese people, via Government policies, such as $60 billion in increased taxes per annum.He also pointed to “unbelievable” levels of proven corruption, exposed via, not only the parliamentary Opposition, but also by the Auditor General’s Office and the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). The hiding of the US$18 million signing bonus from ExxonMobil in a separate account, when the monies should have been transferred into the Consolidated Fund, was another example cited.“Since this Government took office we have had taxes increased by 60 billion dollars per year, although they came in on a promise of lower taxes. They came in on a promise of creating more jobs. We lost 30,000 jobs. Acts of corruption have been unbelievable,” Jagdeo had stated.In addition, the Opposition Leader had stated that it was made clear at the recently held Local Government Elections (LGE), where the PPP/C, from all appearances, came out victorious with a 45,000 votes more than the Government. As such, Jagdeo noted that it is time for the coalition to be called out for what he says are its continued failures.Jagdeo further added that the country is “drifting” because of a lack of vision of the APNU/AFC coalition Government. According to him, the No-Confidence Motion is intended to protect Guyanese and Guyana from the excessive borrowing, taxing and wasteful spending of the current Administration.last_img read more

Scientists explain Saturn’s moon

first_imgLA CA?ADA FLINTRIDGE – One of the biggest surprises of the Cassini mission is Saturn’s moon Enceladus, which stunned scientists a year and a half ago with its jetting geysers of ice crystals and water vapor. Researchers had long assumed the tiny world was a frozen, still sphere of rock and ice, and the discovery left them scratching their heads. But a team of planetary scientists, including JPL’s Robert Pappalardo, now think they might know how the little moon pulled off such a big surprise. The key, they say, is in the way Saturn’s gravity tugs on Enceladus’ icy skin, squeezing and stretching it. “With our model, it doesn’t have to be so hot down there,” Pappalardo said. He and his colleagues believe that Enceladus does have a liquid ocean, but that it lies much deeper within the moon’s interior. They believe that other moons, like Neptune’s satellite Triton and Jupiter’s Europa, could also have similar histories. “On Enceladus, the rare thing is that we’re kind of seeing it in action, whereas in other moons it’s something that might have happened in the past,” Pappalardo said. So far, reaction to the theory has been mixed, and only more visits to Enceladus by Cassini or future missions will reveal the truth. “In stark contrast to Enceladus, Mimas, another icy satellite of Saturn with a closer orbit and a larger eccentricity, has followed a benign evolution,” wrote Andrew Dombard, a planetary scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, in an article in the journal Nature. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If you’ve got fractures in the ice, and the two sides of the fractures rub back and forth like you rub your hands together, then you get heating,” said Pappalardo’s colleague, Francis Nimmo, a UC Santa Cruz planetary scientist. The heating isn’t much – only about 20 degrees Fahrenheit – but in the vacuum of space, it is enough to vaporize the moon’s icy crust around the fissures, Pappalardo said. The resulting bursts of vapor and ice crystals burst hundreds of miles off the moon’s surface. After the geysers were first observed, scientists had predicted they were caused by reservoirs of liquid water near the surface. What nobody could explain, though, was how a moon only as wide as Arizona that should have cooled off eons ago could heat water enough to create steam. last_img read more

Three things we learned from Man City v Lyon

first_img0Shares0000Assistant manager Mikel Arteta took charge of Manchester City in place of the suspended Pep Guardiola© AFP Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Lyon stunned Manchester City with a shock 2-1 win in their Champions League group-stage opener on Wednesday. Here are three things we learned from the Etihad Stadium clash:Guardiola sorely missed Pep Guardiola was forced to endure City’s miserable display from high in the stands as he served a suspension — and the Spaniard’s absence seemed to unnerve his players.Guardiola had earned the touchline ban for his sending-off against Liverpool during City’s exit from the competition last season.The City boss was not allowed any contact with his players or backroom staff inside the Etihad Stadium, leaving assistant coach Mikel Arteta to run the show.Arteta has established a good reputation as a coach and was linked with the Arsenal job, but he was powerless to prevent City’s ignominious loss.Guardiola looked increasingly agitated in his seat as City failed to make a dynamic start and his frustration was complete when Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir struck to put underdogs Lyon in complete control before half-time.Favourites tag weighs on CityAfter swaggering to the Premier League title in record-breaking style last season, City have been installed as Champions League favourites, but their disjointed display against Lyon suggested that lofty tag might be premature.Although City won the English title with a 100 points, they have never gone beyond the Champions League semi-finals in eight attempts.If City are to lift the trophy at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1 next year, they will have to improve significantly on this strangely shambolic effort.Mistakes from Fabian Delph, for the first goal, and Fernandinho, for the second, left City in such disarray that they were booed off at the interval.In 21 Champions League group games over the past seven years before this one, City had lost only three, with their previous defeat at this stage coming against Juventus in September 2015.United old boys haunt CityAs if a losing start to their European campaign wasn’t bad enough, City’s defeat came at the hands of opponents who included two former Manchester United players in their starting line-up.Dutch forward Memphis Depay endured a miserable 19-month spell at United before joining Lyon in January last year, while Brazilian defender Rafael Da Silva spent seven years at Old Trafford before moving to Lyon in 2015.Depay scored just seven goals in 53 appearances for United after joining from PSV Eindhoven in June 2015.“Everybody knows the story of me and Manchester United was not successful,” Depay said this week.“I can look back and say I didn’t want it to go like that. For sure, the city is still red and we will try to get a good result against the Blues.”Depay, who hit the post in the second half, was rewarded for his optimism as underdogs Lyon, who finished only third in the French league last season, inflicted City’s third successive home European defeat after knockout-stage losses to Liverpool and Basel last term.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Late Messi winner sees Barca sink Atletico

first_img0Shares0000Messi is expected to win a record sixth Ballon d’Or on Monday © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Dec 2 – Lionel Messi delivered a major boost to Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes by scoring a late winner in a 1-0 victory at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.Messi is the favourite to win a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or in Paris on Monday and he came up trumps again for Barca at the Wanda Metropolitano, where an even contest looked destined to finish goalless. “In matches that are close and intense, having Leo is always a big advantage,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.The Argentinian’s 86th-minute strike, after a neat one-two with Luis Suarez, keeps Barcelona level on points with Real Madrid at the top of the table while leaving Atletico with a mountain to climb if they are to rejoin the race.“It’s important for the three points but also for the mental side,” said Valverde. “It sends us into the Christmas period with confidence.”Atletico now sit six points adrift of both Real and Barca, with those two also having a game in hand which will be played out in the season’s first Clasico at the Camp Nou on December 18.It means Atleti could conceivably head into the Christmas break nine points off the lead, a significant gap, particularly considering they will have to play away against both Barca and Real Madrid in the second half of the season.“We need points,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. “We are not far from them but we are worried. I am happy with the way we are playing but I will not smile at that because that does not bring us points.”Antoine Griezmann was whistled on his return to his former club, whom he left for 120 million euros ($132.3 million) to join Barcelona in the close season, while toy rats were dropped on the plaque that still bears his name outside the stadium.But Messi scored his 12th goal of the season and sixth in his last five games. He has now 25 in 27 in the league against Atletico although this was his first at the Wanda Metropolitano.– Pique reprieved –Pique was fortunate not to be sent off before hobbling from the pitch with an injury © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUBarcelona were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men in the second half when Gerard Pique escaped a second yellow card for a late challenge on Alvaro Morata.They rode their luck in the opening 20 minutes too, marooned in their own half and able only to survive thanks in large part to their goalkeeper.Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two excellent point-blank saves although was given the chance to as Mario Hermoso found himself free at the back post but shot straight at him before Morata met Kieran Trippier’s corner but failed to head into the corner.There had been little Ter Stegen could do about Hermoso hitting the post early on as his pull-back was diverted almost disastrously by Barca left-back Junior Firpo but somehow stayed out.Yet after a dizzying opening spell, Barcelona stabilised and finished the half the stronger. Messi skipped free down the right but was ushered out, Suarez fired wide and Pique’s header bounced up onto the crossbar.Thomas Partey should have scored after the interval but opted to pass while Suarez was generous too, shooting straight at Jan Oblak.Another break saw Messi skip through three attempts to bring him down, only for Griezmann to blaze over at the back post. Atletico went close with 20 minutes left but Angel Correa’s drive was cleared by Sergi Roberto, with Ter Stegen beaten.Pique had been lucky to avoid a second yellow card for a sliding challenge on Morata moments before.Instead, Barca pressed on and with four minutes left, Messi delivered the game’s defining moment.Thomas Lemar’s crossfield ball was cut out and on the break, Messi drifted in from the right, past two tired Atletico defenders. He bounced the ball off Suarez and steered the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.Earlier on Sunday, third-placed Sevilla stayed just one point behind Real and Barca with a 1-0 victory over Leganes.Julen Lopetegui’s side extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 matches as Brazilian centre-back Diego Carlos bundled in a 63rd-minute winner at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Trial set in killing of student

first_imgDeputies linked the Guerreros to Barrio Nuevo Estrada, a local gang of about 430 members, but said Dasalla was not a gang member, according to court documents. Prosecutors requestedthat some witnesses’ information be kept confidentialto avoidretribution. A witness who was walking with Dasalla claimed to have seen very little when testifying at the preliminary hearing. The witness said he did not see Dasalla get shot, and that he was “not really listening” to exchanges between Dasalla and the Guerreros. He also said he walked away and tried to ignore the fight, because “it did not have anything to do with me.” Gabriel Guerrero was convicted of robbery in 2000, and also has misdemeanors for driving without a license, possession of dangerous fireworks and marijuana possession. One of the key witnesses is Gabriel Guerrero’s girlfriend, Regina Zarate, who was in the van. She testified during the preliminary hearing that Daniel Guerrero was the shooter, and that when he shot Dasalla, Gabriel Guerrero was actually slumped in the minivan after being shot himself. She also told the court they dropped off Daniel Guerrero and the other man in the car at a friend’s house with the rifle, and then took Gabriel Guerrero back to her mother’s house in Pomona, and from there to the hospital. However, investigators found the rifle used in the murder jammed in a trash can at the Zarates’ house. The red minivan belonged to Zarate’s mother. Zarate testified that she and Guerrero had left her mother’s house, along with a friend of hers, to run some errands, and that she had no idea they were planning to track down Dasalla. dan.abendschein@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A trial date of Jan. 8 was set Thursday for a Rosemead man charged with murdering a Gabrielino High School student in April 2005. Gabriel Guerrero, 26, is accused of involvement in the shooting of 17-year-old Ryan Dasalla as retribution for a fight Dasalla had with Guerrero’s younger brother, according to records in Pasadena Superior Court. Authorities have been searching for Guerrero’s other brother, Daniel, for two years. Witnesses said Daniel Guerrero pulled the trigger. In February, Los Angeles County issued a $30,000 reward for information leading to Daniel Guerrero’s arrest. Deputies said he was suspected to be hiding out with extended family somewhere in Central America. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Gabriel Guerrero first had a trial scheduled for October 2006, but it has been delayed several times. The prosecutor in the case, Michelle Humphrey, did not return phone calls about the case. According to court records, the Guerreros pulled up in a red minivan next to Dasalla, who was walking home just outside Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel, and asked him where he was from. Witnesses testified that another man in the car was Steven Escobar, a friend of Daniel Guerrero’s. Escobar was never charged, although investigators interviewed him about the case. He was not called to testify in the preliminary hearing. Sheriff’s Detective David Carver, who investigated the case, did not return calls about Escobar. Gabriel Guerrero attacked Dasalla while Daniel Guerrero or Escobar pulled a rifle, according to court documents. The shooter killed Dasalla and accidentally wounded Gabriel Guerrero, who was later found and arrested at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. last_img read more

Schwarzenegger wants end to writers strike

first_imgThe last writers walkout in 1988 lasted 22 weeks and cost the industry $500 million. The entertainment industry contributes an estimated $30 billion a year to the Los Angeles economy, or about $80 million a day. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Terminator is taking aim at the Hollywood writers strike. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he has been talking to both sides and urging them to settle the strike that began on Monday. During a news conference in Sacramento, the governor said the dispute is having a major effect on the state economy. Schwarzenegger, a former A-list actor, says writers, union officials and studio executives won’t feel the financial crunch as much as electricians, set designers and other behind-the-scenes workers. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

THE HIGH KINGS ANNOUNCE CHRISTMAS GIG AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgThe High Kings are on their way to Donegal.Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey & Darren Holden – renowned vocalists and musicians – have come together to create the most exciting Irish ballad group to emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the 1960s.The band will play at the Mount Errigal Hotel on Saturday, December 28 – the perfect lift after the turkey! Carrying on the tradition of great Irish music, creating exciting modern songs in the folk idiom and incorporating some of the classic ballad repertoire from the past.The highly acclaimed musical Director David Downes, (musical director of Celtic Woman) brings intricate harmonies and driving rhythms to The High Kings songbook, giving them freshness and sparkle that is modern and exciting, without ever sacrificing the traditional melodies and lyrics, which made them so attractive in the first instance.The songs themselves reflect a wide range of moods, the rousing “Rocky Road To Dublin,” the haunting strains of “The Parting Glass,” the irresistible “The Wild Rover” and the stunning “Fields of Glory”. The four part harmonies will be backed by a band on the Irish tour.Tickets are available from the Mount Errigal Hotel.  THE HIGH KINGS ANNOUNCE CHRISTMAS GIG AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: December 4th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyMount Errigal HotelThe High Kingslast_img read more

SPORTS PARTNERSHIP TO LAUNCH ITS STRATEGIC PLAN THIS MONDAY

first_imgIncreasing participation in sport and physical activity across the county is a key priority of Donegal Sports Partnership as it launches its fourth strategic plan in the Finn Valley Sports Centre on Monday 7th December at 6pm.The core values of the organisation are based around openness, equality, effectiveness, efficiency and inclusion and these core values underpin much of the current and future plans of the organisation.There are many barriers that limit participation in sport and physical activity in Donegal and that restricts participation by many sectors of community in experiencing the positivity that comes with taking part in sport.In addressing participation in sport in Donegal, the Sports Partnership have identified following widespread consultations, a number of key objectives and goals which will provide a focus for the future, including the provision of knowledge and skills development in areas such as; sports leadership, coach education, safeguarding, sport event management, club and community sports development and teacher education. The Donegal Sports Partnership through its Club Development Programme will continue to assist clubs/groups to grow and strengthen their organisations with support training and capacity building workshops on topics such as; leadership, governance, finance, event management, volunteer training and coaching encouraging clubs to aspire to a quality minimum club development standard. Assist clubs to deliver sports programmes and events which take advantage of our natural environment, such as our coast, rivers, beaches, trails and mountains and to develop sports and recreational opportunities for more marginalised groups in society such as children, people with a disability, women, older adults and men over 35.The full plan will be unveiled on Monday 7th December in the Finn Valley Sports Centre, Stranorlar and Donegal Sports Partnership invite anyone with an interest in sport and physical activity to come along from 6pm.SPORTS PARTNERSHIP TO LAUNCH ITS STRATEGIC PLAN THIS MONDAY was last modified: December 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPlaunchstrategic planlast_img read more

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 15 CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

first_imgA man has pleaded guilty to 15 different charges of indecently assaulting another man.The man, who cannot be named, was charged with the offences at various dates between 1984 and 1987.All the offences took place in West Donegal. The man, who wore a blue jumper, only spoke to plead guilty.Barrister Desmond Murphy SC, said his client was currently in jail and wanted all matters dealt with as soon as possible.“He accepts what he did and he wants to get on with it,” he said.The case has been put forward to the next sitting of Donegal Town Circuit Court for sentence.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 15 CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT was last modified: October 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:INDECENT ASSAULTLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

Limpopo sets new standards of success

first_imgFrom left, Brand South Africa’s Iggy Sathekge, Belu Mdlalo, Miller Matola, Lindiwe Ngcobo, Leo Makgamathe and Dimape Serenyane at the Limpopo summit. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)Sustaining a successful business through diversification and creativity was the focus of the recent Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Polokwane, Limpopo province.Initiated by Brand South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Each summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.Speaking at the recent summit, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that the branding of South Africa is not a matter of choice but a necessity in every province, requiring the joint efforts of local government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations.Endorsing Limpopo’s role in making South Africa a force to be reckoned with throughout the world, province Premier Cassel Mathale added: “It is the combined behaviour of a country’s people and its attributes that make up a brand or identity. A positive identity – or favourable reputation – promotes global competitiveness.”Mathale noted how the highly successful 2010 Fifa World Cup had, and still is, transforming South Africa’s image, locally and abroad.“The Brand South Africa is using that legacy of the World Cup to build a globally competitive brand. They are looking forwards, not backwards,” the premier said.Claiming his spaceAt the forefront of helping breed a successful nation brand is Stanley Mufamadi, MD of Limpopo’s home-grown Vuwa group.Mufamadi said his journey, from working in human resource (HR) management to building a diversified portfolio of thriving business ventures, represents the aspirations of all budding entrepreneurs in the province.“When I came to Limpopo in 1997, there were a lot of opportunities I identified in Polokwane – in HR consulting, in transport and in the tourism and hospitality industry.”“Because it’s always wise to start with an area that you are comfortable with and have expertise in, I made inroads with HR.”Mufamadi set up a company called Vuwa Management Consulting, establishing Vuwa as a brand in itself representing quality, consistency and value.“We chose that name because it’s simple, easy to remember and unique to Limpopo, meaning ‘arise and claim your space’ in Tshivenda.”Second was Vuwa Transport Services, which began with just one bus, ferrying workers from Polokwane to a mine site some distance from the city.“The job was done very well – we went from a single bus to operating 12 buses in seven years with no fatalities or accidents. That happened because we had shown commitment to the promise of the Vuwa brand.”From here, Mufamadi branched into tourism with Vuwa Safari and Tours – which now offers a variety of tour packages, overnight accommodation and conference facilities – and a new chain of lodges.“We’ve invested a lot in promoting this branch on radio and in newspapers and we are competing very well at the moment. We’re proud of the space we’re taking in the tourism industry,” he added.Passion, teamwork and strategic investment in operational facilities are among Mufamadi’s secrets of success.“As an emerging operator, you have to invest in communications – you need to be seen, you need to be available and you need to be contactable.“You also need to learn as much as you can about your industry, benchmark against the best and comply with all statutory requirements, especially the South African Revenue Service.”In the Vuwa consulting business, “expert knowledge, competent staff, on-time delivery and quality” are key, Mufamadi said.“The success factors of Vuwa Safari and Tours include strict compliance with road transport regulations, a professional image, participation in international travel tradeshows and expert training.”Central to building the Vuwa brand has been gaining access to financing from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Industrial Development Corporation, among others.“In many instances entrepreneurs battle to access grants and loans because their affairs are not in order – but we can testify that we have received very good support from these institutions.”Next on the horizon for Mufamadi is property development in Limpopo and exploiting opportunities in the local agro-processing industry.“I want to encourage other entrepreneurs and organisations by telling them that the future looks very, very bright – although there is still a lot of support needed to foster sustainability.“What we need is to see more stock exchange-listed companies that originated in Limpopo – driven by the very people who live here,” he said.last_img read more