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first_imgOakfield Park re-opened earlier this month and is celebrating its 280th year in 2019 with the first of many special events, Easter in Wonderland, which takes place on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday.The Oakfield Park gardens will be open from 12 to 6pm each day and will host a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The family fun includes treasure hunts and character meets with the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Easter Bunny and Alice. The Easter Bunny Express Train will be running regularly each day and there’ll be egg and spoon races, flamingo croquet, and Easter themed crafts and storytelling. Visitors to the park are invited to come along dressed up as their favourite Wonderland Character, have tea in Buffers or bring their own Mad Hatter’s Picnic. Meet the Easter Bunny in Oakfield Park this Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12-6pm.Hop Aboard The Easter Bunny Express Train at Oakfield Park this weekendNo tickets are necessary. Normal gate fees apply and all activities are included. As this event is not ticketed, it will be free to access for 2019 Annual and Gold Pass holders. The start of a new season is the perfect time to get an Oakfield Park annual pass, which can be purchased online at www.oakfieldpark.com/passes Spend Easter in Wonderland at Oakfield Park; the family fun includes treasure hunts and character meets with the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Easter Bunny and Alice.Meanwhile, tickets for Oakfest – the park’s summer music festival – are expected to sell out. Taking place over the June Bank Holiday weekend, Oakfest will run across two stages and two days and includes a stellar line-up of national and international artists. World-renowned Alabama 3 Acoustic will headline on Saturday 1st June, while one of Ireland’s most exciting bands, The Academic, will headline on Sunday 2nd June.Other top acts for Oakfest include Ryan McMullan, Little Hours, The Frank & Walters Acoustic, Cronin, Rory & The Island, State Lights, DD & The Delta Boys, The Lost, Mark Black & Izzy, The Davy K Project, Cherym, Makings, Control The Dark and String Empire. As well as a top-class musical billing, Oakfest at Oakfield Park will have plenty for the whole family to enjoy, including a disco dome for little music lovers, arts and crafts, face-painting, puppetry, nature walks, train heritage, folklore and storytelling.  Tickets are selling fast so get yours before it sells out: https://oakfieldpark.com/oakfest/  Enjoy Easter in Wonderland at Oakfield Park was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:days outeaster 2019family funoakfestOakfield ParkRaphoeThings to dolast_img read more

first_img18 February 2009Soweto, South Africa’s famous township, is well known to tourists who’ve visited Johannesburg and gone looking for a taste of the city’s African culture and history of resistance against apartheid.Now, adventure tourists can also board the bus to Soweto, as a project to develop a “vertical adventure centre” with a distinctive township feel starts coming to fruition.And, if you’re a local and you’ve already done the bungee swing between the two 100-metre-high Orlando Towers in Soweto, and need to push the boundaries further: no problem. For a new adrenaline rush, you can now do the swing inside one of the towers.Zoopy TV takes a flying leap from Soweto’s Orlando Towers. Click arrow to play video.Yes, from this weekend you can line up for the internal bungee swing, says Bob Woods, the project director and rope expert. The external swing involves falling 30 metres from the top of the tower, then swinging back and forth like a pendulum and eventually being lowered to the ground.On the internal swing, you swing high inside one of the towers and then are lowered to some 15 metres above the ground before taking a foefie slide (zip slide) back to earth.Soweto’s Orlando site is dominated by the huge, colourful twin towers, which used to supply electricity to the former white suburbs of Johannesburg, but which are now defunct. The disused power station building is a cavernous structure some five storeys high, overlooking a dam.Phase one almost completeThe internal swing and other features will complete phase one of the adventure tourism project taking place at the towers, made possible by a loan of R3.6-million from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).“Adventure tourism is a major growth market around the world, and the creation of an adventure tourism facility will undoubtedly contribute towards Soweto’s economic diversification and tourism attractiveness,” says Kate Rivett-Carnac, the DBSA’s tourism specialist.Woods says the vast walls of the towers will be developed into a “vertical adventure centre the scale and nature of which describes a truly unique and legendary facility.”He promises that by late March you can expect to be abseiling down the towers, and by early May you are likely to be bungee jumping between the two towers. He has brought in Canadian experts to help with the final rigging for the bungee jumping.Climbing the wallsAlso in the pipeline is climbing the internal walls of the towers, a climb of some 60 metres. Woods is concerned that climbing is an elitist sport – he’d like to bring it to young Sowetans.“I would like to promote climbing among the people of Soweto. It can often be a tool in helping to channel energies in a positive way,” he says. Other facilities below the towers he foresees are a restaurant, a music venue and bar, and a small skateboarding park.“We want to create the feeling of a park, where families can spend the day.”Since opening in June last year, Woods says he has had 15 to 20 jumpers take to the towers each day. Most visitors to the site are Gautengers, with 18 percent being foreign tourists. But it seems most people can’t quite bring themselves to jump off the towers, preferring instead to take the lift up, and stand admiring the view.Otherwise, from March you will be able to take a foefie slide ride from 10 metres up the side of one of the towers.You pay R360 for the swing, or R60 to take in the view from the top. The swing is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm. You can book your place on the website.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

first_imgThe new plant, which will be located 85 kilometres north of the town of Brits and adjacent to Continental Cement’s limestone deposits, will be designed to initially produce 2 500 tons of pure ordinary portland cement per day, with the capacity to significantly increase production according to market demand. Growing SA, China links Lower costs, job creation “We have significant experience in the developed and highly competitive Asian markets, where we have built plants that have added substantial capacity to the Asian cement industry,” said Jidong chairman Zhang Zengguang. The investment “will significantly increase South Africa’s cement production capacity, while also contributing to economic activity and job creation in Limpopo,” Women Investment Portfolio Holdings’ (Wiphold’s) Gloria Serobe said in a statement last week. The deal represents a significant foreign direct investment into the local cement industry, with an inflow of over R800-million from China, 45% of which will be equity investment and the rest in the form of commercial debt. Skills, knowledge transfer Jidong will both build and operate the plant, which will be based on the best technology available. She added that the project had significant black economic empowerment (BEE) spinoffs through Continental Cement’s existing BEE shareholders and Wiphold’s broad base of BEE beneficiaries. South Africa’s Women Investment Portfolio Holdings and limestone miner Continental Cement have announced a joint venture with the China-Africa Development Fund and Jidong Development Group to build a R1.65-billion cement manufacturing plant in Limpopo province. Jidong, a leading developer of cement plants and the largest cement producer in Northern China, and the China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund) are the majority shareholder in the joint venture, holding 51%. Wiphold holds 23.9% in the joint venture, with the remaining 25.1% stake held by Continental Cement. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The joint venture consortium expects to distribute most of the cement to the regional market in Gauteng, and believe they have a significant competitive advantage in that the cement plant will be closer to the province than any other cement plant, resulting in lower transport costs. “We are pleased that we will be able to transfer our knowledge, skills, best practices and efficiencies to South Africa.” “A large proportion of this labour contingent will be sourced from this community.” “The plant is in close proximity to the Raputi community which is dependent on the local farming community for employment. The plant will provide work for 600 people during the construction phase and 170 people during operation,” said Continental Cement CEO Anton Weavind. The venture follows an agreement between Wiphold and Jidong, signed in 2007, in terms of which Wiphold would import and distribute Jidong/Wiphold-branded cement into South Africa, Tanzania and Angola. 24 May 2010 “This deal underlines the growing links between South Africa and China, and an increasing appetite for South African and Chinese institutions to provide export credit and debt finance,” said CADFund CEO Chi Jianxin. “This creates increased opportunities for projects between our two nations.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the requirements for the registration of XtendiMAx, Engenia, and FeXapan is the investigation of any non-performance (ineffective control) by the respective companies, which then has to be reported to the U.S. EPA. The goal of this reporting is apparently to try to track the development of resistance as soon as it occurs in a few fields, which would then allow time to modify practices so that the rate of resistance in other fields is slowed.  We encourage growers and consultants to take the time to scout for non-performance, within 14 days after application according to information from labels. Problems with control can be reported to the three companies via online sites or toll-free numbers as follows, or directly to company representatives.Monsanto (XtendiMax) – 1-844-RRXTENDBASF (Engenia) – www.Non-Performance.BASF.USDuPont (FeXapan) – 1-888-6-DUPONTProblems with off-target movement from spray particle drift or vapor drift (volatility) can be reported to the three companies the same way. We would encourage growers experiencing these problems to contact the companies or their representatives, but unlike non-performance, they are not required to investigate and report these to the USEPA. Given that these problems are usually the result of not following label guidelines or appropriate application practices, the primary contact would be the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Contact the ODA Pesticide and Fertilizer Regulation Section at 614-728-6987.last_img read more