Udonis Haslem having talks with Heat, deciding on return

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “It was a great conversation,” Haslem said at the opening of his latest Einstein Bros. Bagels, one of several franchises that he and his business partners have collaborated on in the Miami area in recent years. “At the end of the day, it’s was a conversation about if they want me back and if I want to be back.”He’s also planning a meeting with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra in the coming days. Heat officials, including team president Pat Riley, have said they want Haslem back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Haslem’s on-court role has been limited over the last three years. He appeared in only 14 games last season, all off the bench, and hasn’t gotten more than 20 minutes in any game since Jan. 1, 2017.But his voice in the locker room is vital. The 38-year-old Miami native remains one of the team’s captains, and it’s not uncommon for him to mentor teammates on the bench during games or raise his voice at halftime—even before coaches enter the room—when things are not going to his liking. Even this week, several Heat players joined him for his usual midday outdoor workout under the sweltering Miami sun. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I was glad to have them,” Haslem said. “It’s usually lonely out there.”He’s taken the same approach that he’s brought to basketball to the business world. Haslem and his partners have created well over 200 jobs with their food-service ventures, with more projects looming.“I like being invested in the things I’m investing in,” Haslem said. “I don’t just sit around and wait for the check. My life has pretty much become basketball, working out, business and my family. Those are my four vices.”Haslem has played with 126 different Heat teammates, not even counting those players who were signed for training camps and never actually appeared in a regular-season or playoff game. His return for a 16th year would mean that he’s been with the franchise for more than half its history; the Heat had played 15 seasons before he signed with them in 2003.For his career, Haslem has averaged 7.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. He was a starter on the Heat championship clubs in 2006, 2012 and 2013.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat looks to pass the ball from the ground while defended by Terrence Ross #31, DeMar DeRozan #10 and Bismack Biyombo #8 of the Toronto Raptors during the first quarter of the game at American Airlines Arena on May 7, 2016 in Miami, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI, Florida—Udonis Haslem is creating jobs, while working toward getting his Miami Heat job back for another season.Haslem has had talks with the Heat in recent days as he continues working through the process of deciding whether to return for a 16th season. There is no timetable for a decision, but there are now indications that he is clearly leaning toward a return.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Djokovic wins in Cincinnati, Halep’s match suspended Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Lands and Survey $30M New Amsterdam office commissioned

first_imgA new $30 million building to house the New Amsterdam office of the Lands and Survey Department was on Wednesday commissioned in the country’s oldest town.Previously, the New Amsterdam office of the Lands and Survey Commission was housed in the compound of the Regional Democratic Council.Minister of State Joseph Harmon speaking at the commissioning ceremony said the project was constructed by GUY Construction Services and took nine months to be completed.The Lands and Survey Commission, he noted, has always had a strong board and management has taken seriously its obligations.The restructuring of the department is as a result of the undergoing restructuring of the land policy.The new New Amsterdam Lands and Survey office“So the physical facilities which you see are only a part of that restructuring which is taking place in land management and the Police in relation to land. Everywhere you go as the populations expand you have a conflict to resolve in relation to land because to the extent to which the population and domestic use expand, it is to that extent that you commercial, industrial and agricultural use being challenged. So it is an important issue which the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission is tackling. And they are tackling it in a very methodical way with the help on international organisations and with the skills available to the Commission,” Minister Harmon said.Land Administration Division Manager Michal Hutson explained that the Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-offices which is largest in terms of revenue was the first to be restructured.“Region Six [East Berbice-Corentyne] is our largest portfolio in terms of acreage but it is our second largest in terms of revenue, so naturally after Region Four it will be Region Six.”Meanwhile, upgrades have also been done to the Springlands and Black Bush Polder offices in the region. Construction has started for a new office at Crane in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara). Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) will also be having its own lands and survey office at Bartica.Hutson said upgrades have also been done in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). The community of Kwakwani is soon to have a sub-office of the Lands and Survey Commission. So too is the mining community of Port Kaituma.Hutson says new offices are not all the Commission will be focusing on but services will be upgraded too.last_img read more

Teachers’ salary impasse ends

first_img…to receive 12%, 8% increases…General Secretary unpleased with payoutBy Davina RamdassAfter more than one month after a nationwide teachers’ strike was called off, Government has finally agreed to increase the salaries of teachers by 12 per cent for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018. This was disclosed on Friday at the Education Ministry’s Brickdam, Georgetown office, following a six-hour long discussion between Education Minister Nicolette Henry and executives of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU).The Minister revealed, “What we have proposed essentially is in so far as 2016 in concerned, we finalised at 12 and eight per cent respectively and for 2018 we’re at eight per cent and the debunching figure (is) the one that we shared earlier theEducation Minister Nicolette Henry and GTU President Mark Lyte along with officials following the end of the impasse on Friday$315,000,000”.Although fewer smiles were seen on the faces of the executives, the President of the GTU, Mark Lyte told Guyana Times that the Union is satisfied with the amount being given to teachers.“We are walking away a lot happier than initially. We recognise that we were able to broker an agreement with the Ministry of Education that will bring a lot of satisfaction to our member and I think that was the ultimate objective of this whole process to ensure that every teacher benefits significantly”.According to him, the previous offers tabled did not provide benefits for all teachers. In fact, some 80 per cent of teachers, he said, would not have benefited from the Government’s previous offer.It was explained by him that the increases for teachers will be paid in two tranches. “The increases are going to be paid in two tranches because you know what teachers receive in 2016 would have an impact on 2017 and 2018, so we are going to have payments being done in December and payments being done in January 2019”.A joint statement shared with the media from the two agencies said “Having considered new information provided, which included salary benefits for all scales of teachers ranging from TS1 to TS19 and special and non-salary benefits, the two parties concluded discussions and have committed to the implementation of the agreement. The three-year 2016 to 2018 agreement will be signed in the new week”.Better relationsAs the two parties are still recouping from the last protest action where calls were even being made for the Education Minister to be removed from the office, the two are gearing towards improving their relations, through more collaboration.“Well certainly for any relationship to be improved it requires some amount of collaboration, cooperation (and) communication. Those are key words and keyGTU and the Education Ministry engaging members of the media on Friday afternoonthings that have to happen,” the Minister stated.She was keen to note that quite a lot of that has been happening over the past few days, resulting in the ultimate resolution. Henry also noted that as better relations with the Union continue to be of concern, the matter was discussed on how involved the two will be in meetings and programmes bilaterally, especially since the Ministry believes the Union was created to support its work.General Secretary displeasedAlthough the President of the GTU would have said the Union is satisfied with the amount, the Union’s General Secretary, Coretta McDonald, during an exclusive interview told Guyana Times that she is not pleased with the amount being given to teachers.As a serving educator, she would only say that “teachers deserve more”. When asked to say more about the offer, she opted not to, saying “I’ll say all the wrong, wrong things”.When Lyte was questioned as to whether all the executives would have agreed to the amount, he said, “I can’t speak for the General Secretary. We sat there as a group and we made decisions so everyone had a chance to give their input and everything”.Called offNot only has the arbitration process been wiped off the table due to the recent agreement being made, but also the thought of strike action.Teachers were gearing up for another round of protest action, following a number of failed discussions between the GTU and the Ministry. They were being rallied up by the Union as they were unable to agree with the Ministry to appoint an arbitration panel to rule over the teachers’ wages dispute.Moreover, the then conciliator, Minister within the Labour Department, Keith Scott took it upon himself to introduce a University of Guyana Professor, Leyland Lucas to chair the panel.The Union at that time said they believed they were being bullied and never attended meetings, following the unilateral appointment. Even as they were planning to head back to the streets, the Ministry threatened legal action, which the Union said it was well-prepared for.The last nationwide teachers strike took effect on August 27, 2018, during schools’ pre-term activities and lasted for a little under two weeks, as the Ministry gave into the pressure and agreed to arbitration on September 6, 2018.On Monday, President David Granger finally intervened where he offered the Union a 10 per cent increase for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018.The President’s move came days after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo advised that Granger take a stand on the matter.This is the second time that the President has been forced to intervene between the GTU and the Education Ministry to resolve the wage-related matters.Last November, a high-level taskforce was appointed by him to oversee these matters.Initial callsA 40 per cent salary increase for public school teachers was initially proposed for the year 2016. Over time, the percentage would be increased for all categories of represented teachers. For the year 2017, the Union was hoping to have bargained for a 45 per cent increase, which would then increase to 50 per cent for the remainder of the years indicated in the agreement (2018-2020).They recently changed their demands and said they were willing to accept a ‘substantial’ payout from the Government even after the GTU rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19.last_img read more

Manchester United target reveals decision over his future rests with agent

first_img1 PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris Saint-Germain forward and Manchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed a decision over his future rests with his agent.The Swedish maestro has emerged as a key target for Louis van Gaal this summer and various reports from Europe have suggested the 33-year-old could be ready to move to the Premier League for the first time in his career.The former AC Milan star has also been repeatedly linked with a return to the San Siro, but Ibrahimovic would not be drawn on his next move when quizzed by journalists after PSG’s pre-season friendly win over Fiorentina.“Will I stay in Paris? My future is in the hands of [agent] Mino Raiola,” the one-time Ajax man said.Ibrahimovic has one year remaining on his existing contract with Laurent Blanc’s side and so far talks have stalled to extend that deal, leading to speculation the super Swede could soon leave the French capital club.last_img read more

Salford 1-1 Hartlepool: Home side in hat for third round FA Cup draw

first_imgSalford City’s historic FA Cup run remains alive after the part-timers held Hartlepool to a 1-1 draw at Moor Lane.The Sky Bet League Two visitors took the lead in the eighth minute of the second round tie through Rhys Oates’ penalty, before Stephen O’Halloran equalised from close range in the 23rd.Hartlepool passed up several decent chances to win it in the second half and Salford keeper Jay Lynch saved well from Jake Gray, while Chris Lynch and James Poole went close for the hosts.The eventual result was no less than Salford – who had never gone beyond the third qualifying round before this season – deserved as they put in another hugely creditable performance to follow up their memorable 2-0 victory over Notts County in round one.And although a tough replay at Hartlepool awaits, they know their name will be in the hat alongside those of Premier League sides when the draw for the third round is made on Monday.Salford’s famous ‘Class of 92’ owners – two of which were in attendance in Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, along with 1,400 fans – will surely be proud.Hartlepool were looking to avoid being victims of a round two giant killing at the hands of a seventh tier side for a second successive season, having been beaten by Blyth Spartans at this stage last season. Stephen O’Halloran equalised in the 23rd minute 1last_img read more

Downey finishes off Warren in key match

first_img “Our passing hasn’t been as strong as it has been in the past, but the serving has been coming along,” Downey coach Andrea Sims said. “Defense, passing and serving, those are my things, I’ve never had hitting. To actually have tall girls who can hit, it’s pretty exciting.” Those two big hitters, junior middle blocker Erin Saddler and sophomore Maritza Montes, led the way Thursday, and the Bears had no answer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The first game was closer than the others as Downey (10-9, 2-0) committed mistakes that helped Warren (3-7, 1-1) stay in the game. But in each of the final two games, Downey took early advantages that caused Warren coach Scott Lane to call timeout. In the second game, it was 7-0 before Warren scored following a Lane timeout. The Vikings took a 6-0 lead in the third game before another Warren timeout, but the Bears simply didn’t have enough to compete consistently. “We’re flat-out the worst team in the San Gabriel Valley League,” Lane said. “We don’t have athletes that want to work every day. Am I a miracle worker? No. If you don’t have people that come through and bring it every day, and on your off day, you’re not going to win, I don’t care who you are.” The Vikings are on track to win their third consecutive SGVL title after Warren took the league in 2002. The Bears are just two years removed from advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division I-A title match, though middle blocker Kendra Huff, a stalwart on that 2003 team, sat out the third game on Thursday due to ineffectiveness. “The one thing Downey has never been strong at is playing teams that are at their level or a little bit lower,” Sims said. “That’s the history of Downey, they always play at the level of whatever’s on the other side. I think this is the first team ever that’s actually been able to motivate themselves to push hard and go full-force right from the start.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Usually, this is the battle for the San Gabriel Valley League. Warren faces Downey, a good battle ensues, and the winner is on the fast track to the league title. But while Thursday evening’s winner will likely end up as the SGVL champion, it is clear that Downey, a 25-15, 25-9, 25-11 winner, has no challengers at this point. last_img read more

Photo library: Development 2

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Development contact sheet (625KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Babalo Rozani is a trainer at Mintek’s Kgabane jewellery-making training programme. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Paul Nduduala is a trainer at Mintek’s Kgabane jewellery-making training programme. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Babalo Rozani isa trainer at Mintek’sKgabane jewellery-makingtraining programme. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Mandise Skelecreating a copper and silverbracelet at Mintek’s Kgabanejewellery-making trainingprogramme.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Mintek’s Kgabanejewellery-making trainingprogramme.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Trainee diamond polishers at the the Harry Oppenheimer DiamondTraining School. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Abram Matshidisofrom Klerksdorp is a traineediamond polisher at the HarryOppenheimer DiamondTraining School. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Zubair Kassam(right) and Amadi Cajetan(left) are a trainee diamondpolishers at the Harry Oppenheimer DiamondTraining School. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Magauta Phutsisi(front right) from QwaQwA inthe Free state is a trainee diamond polisher at the theHarry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageDEVELOPMENT 2: {loadposition dev}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

2009: turning point for South Africa

first_img21 December 20092009 will be remembered as the year that South Africa staked its claim to hosting a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup™.Certainly, the past 12 months have marked an extraordinary turnaround in the preparations for this mega sporting event. Just a year ago, the hosts of the tournament were reeling after a series of near catastrophic events. There were serious doubts that South Africa would ride out an outbreak of xenophobia, a wave of electricity blackouts, labour disruptions on key 2010 construction projects, and a major political, judicial and constitutional crisis which saw the recall of Thabo Mbeki as President of the Republic.Fifa president Sepp Blatter, an ardent supporter of hosting the World Cup in South Africa, confirmed the apprehension of the international community when he coined the term “Plan B”, suggesting that the governing body had a contingency plan in place in the event that South Africa could not meet its requirements.But what a difference a year can make. Sanity prevailed and, for the most part, South Africa confounded its critics.Foreigners were reintegrated into the communities they had fled, power was restores to the electricity grid, construction workers and project managers settled their differences and completed some of the world’s most magnificent stadiums.And, of course, Jacob Zuma, who was swept into power, is currently enjoying high approval ratings.If “Plan B” was the catch phrase of 2008, it has now been replaced by 2010 Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordan’s “death to doubt”.Jordaan was referring to the completion of most 2010-related construction projects and the magnificent 2010 Final Draw in December, which determined the grouping for next year’s tournament.Another remarkable turnaround has come from the international media. Where they were fuelling the fire a year ago, they are now reporting (in unison) that South Africa is on target with its World Cup plans and has the capabilities to host a magnificent spectacle.The next six months will bring a new set of challenges as we fine-tune the 2010 machinery to ensure that there will be no last-minute hitches.Six months before the previous edition of the tournament in Germany, an extraordinary social revolution under the “Land of Ideas” initiative saw the entire country – from east to west – unite behind one mega sporting event.We can look forward to the same. The excitement of 2010 is now bubbling under the surface, and South Africa can look forward to staking its claim as the most powerful model of unity on the planet.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

Microsoft pushes African hi-tech future

first_img11 February 2013 Microsoft is set to introduce an affordable smartphone tailored specifically for Africa as the global software giant moves to kickstart its 4Afrika Initiative, a drive to boost the adoption of smart devices, empower small businesses and accelerate skills development on the continent. Announcing the 4Afrika Initiative at launch events in Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa last week, the Washington-based company said that it planned to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of young Africans by 2016. At the same time, the initiative aimed to “bring 1-million African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) online, upskill 100 000 members of Africa’s existing workforce, and help an additional 100 000 recent graduates develop employability skills, 75 percent of whom Microsoft will help place in jobs”.Huawei 4Afrika phone To get the ball rolling, Microsoft has partnered with Chinese manufacturer Huawei to introduce the 4Afrika phone, a full-functionality Windows Phone 8 which will come pre-loaded with select applications designed for Africa. The phone will initially be available in Angola, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa later this month.Windows AppFactories To support this drive – and as part of the company’s move into an area so far dominated by rivals Apple and Android – Microsoft is moving to unearth Africa-relevant Windows and Windows Phone applications through AppFactories recently opened in South Africa and Egypt. According to the company, the AppFactory teams of student interns have already built 73 Windows apps and 39 Windows Phone apps, and at full capacity plan to contribute up to 90 new apps a month to the Windows Store.SME Online Hub, Afrika Academy Microsoft also announced a new SME Online Hub through which African SMEs will have access to “free, relevant” products and services from Microsoft and other partners – starting with a “welcome offer” of one year’s free domain registration and free tools for SMEs interested in creating a professional web presence. The hub is expected to open initially in South Africa and Morocco in April, and to expand to other African markets over time. To complement this, Microsoft has established the Afrika Academy, an education platform leveraging online and offline learning tools, to help Africans develop technical and business skills for entrepreneurship and improved employability. Starting in March, the academy will offer training at no cost to recent higher education graduates and government leaders. “The world has recognized the promise of Africa, and Microsoft wants to invest in that promise,” 4Afrika Initiative general manager Fernando de Sousa said in a statement last week. “We want to empower African youth, entrepreneurs, developers, and business and civic leaders to turn great ideas into a reality that can help their community, their country, the continent and beyond. “The 4Afrika Initiative is built on the dual beliefs that technology can accelerate growth for Africa, and Africa can also accelerate technology for the world.”‘TV white space’ technology As part of the initiative, Microsoft has also announced a pilot project with the Kenyan government and local internet service provider Indigo Telecom to provide low-cost, high-speed wireless broadband in the East African country. The initiative – dubbed “Mawingu” which is Kiswahili for cloud – will involve the first deployment of solar-powered base stations working together with “TV white spaces” to deliver high-speed internet access to areas lacking even electricity. Microsoft said it hopes to implement similar pilots in east and southern Africa in the coming months to further explore the commercial feasibility of TV white space technology. “These pilots will be used to encourage other African countries to accelerate legislation that would enable this TV white space technology to deliver on the promise of universal access for Africa,” the company said. Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International, said the company believed “there has never been a better time to invest in Africa”, and that access to technology, particularly cloud services and smart devices, “can and will serve as a great accelerator for African competitiveness. “The launches of Windows 8 and many other new products in the coming months represent a new era for Microsoft, which we believe will redefine the technology industry globally. These additional investments under the 4Afrika banner will help define our company’s new era in Africa.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa, EU to discuss fruit exports

first_img10 June 2013A delegation led by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane arrived in Brussels on Saturday ahead of meetings with several top European Union (EU) officials this week, with South African fruit exports likely to be high on the agenda.The European Union (EU) wants to stop some imports from South Africa, like citrus fruit, SA Ambassador to Belgium Mxolisi Nkosi said on Sunday.“There is a trend of rising protectionism that the EU is using to threaten to block some of our exports, including citrus exports,” he said during an unofficial meeting with South African diplomats at his home in Belgium’s capital, Brussels.“We are concerned about this. We will speak of this at the meeting and see how we can find a solution.”Nkosi said the citrus sector contributed around R6-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).The rise in citrus production was mainly due to the increase in cultivation areas, packaging and transport improvements, and preferences for healthier food options.But citrus harvesting and production in most of Europe continues to decline, particularly at this time of the year due to climate conditions.About 40 percent of South Africa’s citrus exports go to the EU, making it one of the country’s most important markets. South Africa is the world’s biggest exporter of whole oranges and the largest shipper of grapefruit.“This is a big business,” said Nkosi.Citrus imports were halted after some shipments were found to have the citrus black spot (CBS) disease. The spot is a fungal disease which affects the external appearance of the fruit.In 1993, the EU declared CBS a phyto-sanitary measure, meaning it was placed on a trade watch-list at EU borders. If spotty fruit were found, the consignment would be impounded.This reduced the proportion of citrus exports to the EU. Farmers are now spending substantial amounts to get rid of the spots.The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa listed nine additional direct and indirect costs associated with the EU measure. These include more spraying, replanting earlier than necessary, added inspection costs, and storage costs for impounded fruit at European ports.Export earnings account for about 80 to 90 percent of citrus growers’ revenue. The industry wants the phyto-sanitary measure withdrawn pending further research into black spot. Farmers believe the threat of citrus fruit being blacklisted could have disastrous effects on the sector.The first case of CBS was recorded in 1929, and until recently the EU has not been too concerned about excluding spotty fruit.Nkosi said the EU remained one of South Africa’s biggest trading partners, accounting for 24 percent of global exports.He said the Eurozone financial crisis had significantly reduced demand for South African exports.Despite its problems, Nkosi said the EU remained the second-largest economy in the world, accounting for 17 percent of the world’s GDP.“Our relations with the EU go a long way,” he said. “South Africa is the only African country with a partnership with the EU.”However, Nkosi was concerned that EU development aid to South Africa would be significantly cut in the coming years. “We need to be alive [to this], and the reality is the EU can no longer help us the way they used to,” he said.Despite this, he said the EU would remain a strategic partner.Sapalast_img read more