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Captain of the ‘Hebridean Spirit’ - Ian Stevenson is welcomed to South Africa by John T Rennie’s agent - Antonie Briel

Captain of the ‘Hebridean Spirit’ - Ian Stevenson is welcomed to South Africa by John T Rennie’s agent - Antonie Briel

Momentum grows for 2010

THE local accommodation industry can look forward to benefiting greatly from the 2010 Soccer World Cup, with controlling body FIFA having identified Richards Bay a satellite area.  This status was granted based on the ability to provide at least 200 contracted rooms, with close airport and bus access.  Speaking at the Hotel Richards on Thursday, Nicky Krugel of Match Event Services - organisers of accommodation requirements at World Cups and other major events for the past 23 years - said local bed providers would have to work together to reap the benefits.  ‘We presently have 32 000 beds and we need a total of 55 000 by 2010,’ said Krugel.  ‘Match will, for 18 months at no charge, put you on our web site, from which visitors will choose where they want to stay.  ‘This saves you having to do your own marketing overseas - and we receive about 4.2 million hits a day.’
Krugel warned against high expectations and said there was no point in building more hotels and B&Bs that would not be sustainable in the long term.

Putting Zululand on global map

Putting Zululand on global map

A PRIME region for overseas investment.
That was the opinion of a Norwegian delegation who visited Zululand’s uThungulu District last week.
Spearheading the visit, businessman and philanthropist Per Steinar Melas said the area has ‘everything’ an investor may require, including ‘people who want to work’.

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Norwegian businessman Per Steinar Melas with uThungulu District Municipality Municipal Manager, BB Biyela and District Mayor, Stan Larkan


RBCT steams ahead

RBCT steams ahead

RICHARDS Bay Coal Terminal has climbed another notch in its health and safety standards.
This week RBCT was awarded full certification of the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001, a management system that places emphasis on continuous improvement.

The certificate was issued by the SA Bureau of Standards after RBCT was independently assessed against the OHSAS 18001 standards.

'This achievement demonstrates our commitment to providing a safe and healthy working environment for our employees and contractors on site,' said RBCT Executive Chairman – Kuseni Dlamini.

'It also underpins our reputation not only as the single largest but also the best-run coal terminal in the world.' 

The certification means that RBCT complies with international management systems geared toward reducing and preventing accidents and accident-related loss of lives, resources, time and damage to the environment.

RBCT achieved its ISO 14001 (environmental management system) certification in 2003 and will be audited for annual re-certification due to be completed in March.

Coal exports for the month of February increased to 6,19 M/t at an annualised rate of 80.45 compared to 3.98 M/t in January.

RBCT has commenced an expansion project which will see the terminal expand from its current annual throughput capacity on 72 million tons to 91 million tons per annum in 2009.

Source:  Dace Savides (Zululand Observer)

Saving the Black Rhino

THE small remaining genetic pool of Black Rhino is threatened as never before.
This was the stark warning from rhino expert, Dr Jacques Flamand to a select audience at the  Enseleni Nature Reserve last week.

The occasion was the first public fundraiser for the ‘Adopt A Black Rhino’ conservation project, based at the Zululand Rhino Reserve (ZRR) near Hluhluwe.  Flamand said: ‘At ZRR we have the opportunity of giving this species, which numbered 65 000 in 1922 and only 3 000 in 1992, a chance to recover from the brink of extinction.’

Zululand Expo

Zululand Expo
The Richards Bay Zululand Expo in September 2007

Zululand’s premier combined entertainment and exhibition showcase, THE ZULULAND EXPO, will take place in Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal from THURSDAY 27 - SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2007.

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Click the "read more" link for more about the Zululand Expo Event.

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