24 April 2012 Construction of the 140-metre Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge over the Mbhashe river in the Eastern Cape is progressing well, with the Mvezo and Dondolo villages in particular set to reap major benefits from the R123-million infrastructure project. The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform said this week that the project was part of the government’s Comprehensive Rural Development Programme, as well as the countrywide infrastructure drive announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address earlier this year. Fast-tracking rural development According to the department, the Mveso bridge project includes the building of a new 10-kilometre tar road linking Mvezo – the birthplace of former president Nelson Mandela – with the N2 national road, reducing the distance to East London, Mthatha and Idutywa by at least 50 kilometres. Currently, when travelling to Idutywa, the people of Mvezo have to go via Qunu Village – a 86-kilometre journey. This trip, on completion of the bridge, will be considerably shortened. The project will fast-track economic development by making travelling and transporting goods easier for about 20 000 people living in 21 villages in the surrounding area. “The bridge will improve the lives of people living in and around Madiba’s village and is one of the key contributions to keeping alive the Mandela legacy of a better life for all,” President Jacob Zuma said on 18 July last year, when he presented Mandela with an architect’s model of the bridge as a gift for his 93rd birthday.Heritage potential re-assessed Environmental impact assessments were conducted in the area, the department said, with ecological specialists making sure that any endangered animal and plant species were not affected by the development. Aquatic specialists have been monitoring the quality of the water in the Mbhashe river, while heritage experts have assessed the potential impact of the bridge on the heritage value of the area. According to the department, Mvezo has been earmarked as a future tourist attraction. SAinfo reporter
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Real Madrid organise shirt number for Man City midfielder Brahim Diazby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid already have a shirt number organised for Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz.Cadena SER says Diaz will wear the number 21 shirt at Real Madrid.The 19-year-old will sign a six-year deal at the Bernabeu.Real and City have reportedly reached an agreement over a £13.6million (€15million) transfer that will see Diaz head back to Spain, having joined the Blues from Malaga in 2013.The details of the add-ons are the only hold up to the transfer now, according to Marca, and Real are hoping to present Diaz at the Bernabeu at some point next week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Liverpool keeper Adam Bogdan explains AIK trialsby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan is trialling with AIK.The Hungary international, 32, has been a free agent since leaving the Reds last summer.He told Sportbladet: “Of course, it’s very interesting. This is a huge club. I have done my research and really understand how big it is,.”A club that is top class and one of the biggest teams in Sweden. People all over Europe know about AIK and they have played a part in Europe in recent years. “So I’m going to train here for a week. Then we’ll see. What do I have and what does AIK have for me?” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bianchi hails ex-Man City powerbrokers Shinawatra, Erikssonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi says he values his spell in England.The former Torino centre-forward played for City during the Thaksin Shinawatra era.He told TMW: “Shinawatra wanted to win, he didn’t want to waste time. Then he had his problems at home and was forced to sell. I knew City would grow.”I always liked him, he was always present with us when he was in Manchester, he didn’t miss anything, he treated us like a god. We were envied, the player had a single room in retreat, difficult to see in football. So the athletes can self-manage, can rest, they are small but fundamental things.”On playing for Sven-Goran Eriksson, he added: “Very great coach, able to manage the players, he made you have fun. He had an important elegance, he was old-fashioned.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Lampard warns Chelsea against complacency ahead of Burnley tripby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has warned Chelsea not get complacent after they notched up a sixth straight victory against Ajax on Wednesday night.Michy Batshuayi’s late strike put the Blues top of Group H after three Champions League matches.Burnley are up next for Lampard’s side, but the former England international has sent a warning to his players.”I’m already thinking about Burnley,” said Lampard.”I said to the players to win five games in a row is great but it’s dangerous because you can get lax but to win six games in a row is even more dangerous.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after rushing for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Just because it looks like Braxton Miller won’t be playing quarterback this season for the Buckeyes, doesn’t mean Ohio State’s other QB’s can take things easy. There’s still a quarterback competition to win and a national championship to defend, and sophomore J.T. Barrett, the primary starter last season, certainly knows that. That’s probably why Barrett and fellow quarterback Stephen Collier spent some free time today throwing with wide receivers Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and Noah Brown. That Ohio State offense will be scary this season, no matter who is at the controls.
zoomImage Courtesy: Pacific Basin Hong Kong-based dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping has closed a USD 40 million seven-year term loan facility with ship finance institute Danish Ship Finance A/S.As explained, the facility is an extension of the company’s existing term loan with Danish Ship Finance A/S and is secured by the same 19 vessels currently secured under the original financing.Pacific Basin said that borrowings under the new facility will carry an interest cost of Libor plus 1.5%, extend the company’s overall amortization profile and enhance its financial flexibility.“We are very pleased with the terms of this additional new tranche to our existing term loan facility which further consolidates our funding flexibility with access to long-term committed funding for the next seven years at an attractive cost which contributes to our competitive vessel P&L breakeven levels,” Peter Schulz, CFO of Pacific Basin, commented.Pacific Basin currently operates around 210 dry bulk ships of which 111 are owned and the rest are chartered.
APTN National NewsFor many First Nation, electing a band council is an important decision.But it seems in Kahnawake, not everyone feels that way.At last weekend’s band election, only one in four eligible voters went to the polls.That’s because there’s a long history of Mohawks refusing to acknowledge the council’s right to govern.APTN’s Tom Fennario explains [email protected]
Carles Puyol has revealed that he believes that his former Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique is the best centre-back in the world right nowThe former Barcelona captain, who led the club to six La Liga titles during his 15 year career with the senior side, was full of praise of Pique and labelled him as the best defender in the world and remarked on how much he has improved over the years.“Right now, Pique is the best centre-back in the world,” said Puyol, according to Lavanguardia.“He’s the perfect age and physically he is in great shape. He’s always been very intelligent, but you notice it more now.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.”The same with his leadership, which he’s always had but now he’s in complete control on the pitch, especially at the back. That’s a plus.”His positioning has improved as well. He hardly ever loses his position and he knows how to read the game and to anticipate what’s going to happen. He never loses his head. He seems more responsible, too, something which comes with time and age.”“Now he picks his moments [to join in attacks] much better,. Maybe he will only go forward once in a game now but he has a gift, something intangible that very few players have. It’s called goal-scoring instinct and that allows him to be in the right place at the right time. It happened against Roma, he went forward once and he scored.”After graduating from the B team in 1999, Puyol went on to make 593 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona and led them to three Champions League titles. The former defender retired at the end of the 2013/14 season.