SAN JOSE — Before we dive into the Erik Karlsson stuff, let’s give some props to Joe Pavelski.Captain Clutch came through in crunch time again Saturday, jumping on Timo Meier’s rebound in the slot and burying it at 13:06 of the third to clinch two points for the Sharks on a night when the Vancouver Canucks controlled much of the play.The goal came after Pavelski pressured Alex Biega into turning the puck over in his own zone, setting the stage for his heroics later in the shift. Pavelski also …
Creator of Nguni Juices Norman Mpedi in his factory. Workers collect fruit in the veld for processing. The umviyo fruit is rich in vitamin C and fibre. (Images: Norman Mpedi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Norman Mpedi +27 82 267 3053 firstname.lastname@example.orgRELATED ARTICLES • Paying it forward with goat farming • Teaching people to work with nature • South African wine farms invest in biodiversity • SA’s burgeoning berry industry Emily van RijswijckThanks to canny survival skills learnt in the bush, former Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier Norman Mpedi has made a drastic career change and launched successful organic juice manufacturing operation Nguni Juices, using wild indigenous fruit harvested in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.It all started when Mpedi could not find work in the South African National Defence Force following the disbanding of Umkhonto we Sizwe. At this stage he often used to think back to times when he and his fellow comrades survived solely on what was available in the Angolan bush. Sometimes this only amounted to edible wild fruits growing in abundance.He recalls: “We ate this fruit, the umviyo, sometimes for up to three weeks at a time and we survived.”Untapped potentialUmviyo is the isiZulu name for the wild medlar or Vangueria infausta, a wild fruit similar to the better-known marula (Sclerocarya caffra) or Mnguni in isiZulu. Nutritionally, it’s as rich in vitamin C and natural fibre as the latter.In juice form it is an almost unrivalled high-energy natural supplement. Knowing this, Mpedi knew there was untapped potential in this source and started to investigate it further.“No-one had this idea before,” he says.This was back in 2003 and Mpedi began tackling the challenges of researching various indigenous fruits and their potential for juicing, and finding financial assistance for his start-up venture. He also had to register his product and patent his juice with the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office.With the help of specialists in the field from the University of Johannesburg and Pretoria, his final product was tested for nutritional quality and taste, and finally given the thumbs-up.“All my products are organic and completely free of chemicals,” says proud Mpedi. His products are currently only available at selected tourist and health shops, at some fruit and vegetable outlets and certain petrol stations.Mpedi is still looking for additional capital to fund expansion.RecognitionIn the meantime, his efforts have not gone unnoticed. In February 2011 Mpedi got a personal mention in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s annual budget speech.Gordhan related how Mpedi, Mlondolozi Kosi – with his ICT training centre in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape, and Antonio Pooe – with Exactech Fraud Solutions in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban – are small business operators setting an inspiring example for others.“Small businesses are an important source of jobs. Businesses that employ fewer than 50 workers account for 68% of private sector employment,” Gordhan said at the time.Mpedi employs about 12 workers at his factory in Mokopane in Limpopo. As the fruit ripen in summer, his busiest times are from January until March when he employs additional local people to help with harvesting.In 2007 he was a finalist in the small companies category of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Technology Awards, and in 2008 he was recognised by the Industrial Development Corporation for his research on indigenous foods.In the new year Mpedi hopes to branch out into other products, such as alcoholic ciders from the same fruit.In addition to umviyo, he harvests monkey oranges and a plant known as utshwala benyoni, also known as white birds brandy, because when birds eat it they “become very noisy and lively”, Mpedi says.This plant is used as a natural enhancer in the fruit juice as it has a minty flavour.“Next year my business will grow even more, for sure,” he adds.
27 May 2013It was back to business for African heads of state as they began their two-day African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday morning.The weekend has been characterised by celebrations in various parts of the continent to mark the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity, now the African Union (AU).But the 21st Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union, which is closed to the media, is deliberating on more serious issues facing the continent and the ability of the so-called Vision 2063 strategy to enable the continent overcome its challenges over the next 50 years.The high-level meeting is set to adopt several reports dealing with peace and security on the continent and the political and financial position of the AU.South African President Jacob Zuma was scheduled to brief his fellow heads of state on the outcomes of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit held in Durban earlier this year, with a special focus on the BRICS Leaders’ Africa Dialogue Forum,The leaders were also due to look at a report on funding options for the AU prepared by Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria and chairperson of the High-Level Panel on Alternative Sources of Funding the African Union.While Africa has become home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, the continental body has struggled to secure funding, with most of its member states struggling financially and dependent on external donors to supplement their budgets.Previously, the panel recommended a number of proposals for more sustainable funding, including a $2 tax on hotel rooms on the continent and a $5 levy on flights to and from African countries.The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Planning and Coordinating Agency admits that delays in payment of contributions by member states, coupled with the difficulty in accessing partner funds, are increasingly impacting negatively on the pace of implementation of the union’s activities, projects and programmes.“These are major challenges that deserve urgent attention and all the technical analyses conducted so far have confirmed that options identified as alternatives to the current system of financing will not only have a significant revenue impact for the Union, but will also be equitable and efficient,” the agency said recently.The AU Peace and Security Council was scheduled to table a report on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa. The council has had a busy year trying to put out fires in conflict-ridden states such as Sudan and South Sudan.The leaders were also set to discuss the political instability and conflict in Mali, the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Madagascar, which is in a political deadlock since a 2009 coup. Madagascar has been in crisis since Andry Rajoelina seized power from former President Marc Ravalomanana.The UN says the instability in Madagascar has resulted in an economic downturn in the country, and international donors have been reluctant to continue with development aid amid uncertainty about how the money would be spent.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Brand South Africa celebrated women’s month in Mpumalanga where women and girls were given the opportunity to speak about matters affecting them.On Saturday, 29 August, high school girls attended a workshop at the SABC offices where they covered matters related to dignity, health and empowerment.The girls were encouraged to go out in their communities and play their part to uplift and encourage their peers to develop their communities.The girls were given an opportunity to network and rub shoulders with influential women from Mpumalanga at a gala dinner later that evening in the Emnotweni Arena. The gala dinner was hosted in collaboration with Ligwalagwala FM.Guest speakers tackled issues of personal financial management, opportunities and investment portfolios available out there for women to explore and exploit.Other topics included women’s spirituality as well as a discussion about women’s health. To round up the evening, four Mpumalanga designers showcased their spring collections in a fashion show.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ellen Essman, Senior Research Associate, OSU Extension Agricultural & Resource Law ProgramIt’s been busy in Columbus, with the Ohio General Assembly sending multiple bills to Governor Mike DeWine for his signature. One of the bills is one we have been following very closely — Substitute Senate Bill 57, or the “hemp bill.”Ohio’s hemp bill was originally introduced in the Senate in February. The bill was written in response to the 2018 federal Farm Bill, which gave states the option to create hemp programs so that citizens within the state could cultivate and sell hemp products. For a breakdown of the Farm Bill, see our post here. Ohio’s hemp bill passed the Senate in March, and was sent to the House, where numerous amendments were made.The Ohio House made many changes to the Senate’s original hemp bill. Most importantly, the House version, in addition to requiring a license to cultivate hemp, also requires a license to process hemp into different products. Additionally, the House’s substitute version of the bill created a Hemp Marketing Program, which would be similar to other grain and soybean marketing programs, added legally cultivated hemp to the list of agricultural uses permitted under CAUV, required setbacks between hemp and medical marijuana cultivation, and banned people from obtaining both hemp licenses and medical marijuana licenses, among other changes.We were not expecting the hemp bill to pass the General Assembly in July, as House Speaker Larry Householder indicated in June that the House would not vote on the bill until September 2019. However, on July 17, 2019, the bill passed in the House with emergency language, and the changes were quickly accepted by the Senate. During the July 17 afternoon legislative session, we were given some possible insight into why the bill passed so quickly and unexpectedly; State Representative Koehler spoke about the need to help Ohio’s farmers given all the struggles they currently face. Representative Koehler viewed quick passage of the bill as an opportunity for Ohio farmers to potentially have a new commodity crop in the ground next spring.The emergency language in the final version of the bill means that once signed by the Governor, the law will go into immediate effect. In other words, once the bill passes, hemp and hemp products will be decriminalized in Ohio and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will be able to immediately begin the process of writing regulations to carry out the new hemp cultivation and processing programs.Even with the emergency language in the bill, a few things still need to happen before farmers can plant hemp. First and most obviously, Governor DeWine still needs to sign the bill into law. Then, ODA must begin its hemp program rulemaking. The rules will not become effective until the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approves of Ohio’s hemp program. After USDA approves the program, then ODA will be able to approve licenses for those who want to cultivate and process hemp.
Ajit TendulkarSachin Tendulkar’s elder brother Ajit, who was the single biggest influence on his cricket in his early days, had to undergo a bypass surgery last week at the Jaslok hospital.According to information available to IndiaToday.in, Ajit went through the knife last week and the operation was successfully performed by Dr. Sudhanshu Bhattacharya, one of the best known cardiac doctors in the country.Sachin’s wife Anjali, who is also a qualified doctor herself, along with another family member went to Dr. Bhattacharya for initial consultation after which he suggested bypass surgery over angioplasty. “There was a blockage in one of the main arteries that supplies 50 per cent of the blood to the heart. The best way to deal with such cases is to go for surgery as it means relief of lifetime. The patient can live for 35-40 years without any reintervention. I am glad he responded well to treatment,” Dr. Bhattacharya told IndiaToday.in.Sachin Tendulkar, who would make daily visits to the hospital, thanked well wishers through this tweet today. “A big thank you to all my friends for their prayers n good wishes. My brother Ajit is recovering well after undergoing a bypass surgery.”Ajit is 9 years elder to Sachin and was the man who spotted a special spark in Sachin’s free flowing stroke play and took him to coach Ramakant Achrekar when he was aged 11. Guru Achrekar went on to shape the diamond.