One Donegal location has been named on Trip Advisor’s Irish Top Ten destinations. Dublin was the best-rated destination in Ireland for tourists on the tourist website’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards for destinations.Following Dublin in the top Ireland destination list is Killarney, while Galway, Dingle and Cork take third, fourth and fifth place respectively. But Donegal Town has been named as number 9 in the top 10.Other towns such as Letterkenny, Bundoran and Buncrana failed to make the top 10.But hopefully, visitors will spend plenty of time taking in all Donegal has to offer when they come as far as Donegal Town.The award recognises the locations that are the most popular among TripAdvisor reviewers based on millions of reviews and opinions. Ireland top 10DublinKillarneyGalwayDingleCorkKilkennyCongWestportDonegal TownSneemGuess which Donegal place has been named on TripAdvisor’s Top 10? was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:donegalTop TenTrip advisor
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23 February 2005The Coega Project – a multi-billion rand industrial development complex and deepwater port 20 kilometres east of the city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape – could soon become the logistics hub for Southern African trade.Located on the south-eastern coast of the country, the project is the first, and one of the largest, industrial development zones (IDZs) to be established in South Africa. The project falls in line with South Africa’s vision of becoming a manufacturing centre for the world; President Thabo Mbeki has officially declared Coega a lead project in SA.The IDZ is already well-serviced by transportation networks, a skilled labour force and utility services. It boasts world-class industrial infrastructure, including inter-modal transportation linkages and cost-effective bulk services.Coega is located in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality and is being developed by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on 12 000 hectares of industrial land. Although the CDC is a private company, national and provincial government are the only shareholders.Boosting jobsDuring the construction period, the project will generate additional income of between R1.6-billion and R2.4-billion nationally. Between 36 500 and 57 500 direct, indirect and induced jobs will be affected, either in the form of existing jobs that are sustained or as new jobs that have been created.By February 2005, the total number of people employed during the construction phase of the project clocked in at over 11 300, with a total wage bill of over R90-million.Coega is also complementing the region’s already proliferating automotive industry – Africa’s largest and most successful vehicle assembly and component manufacturing hub.Automotive manufacturers Volkswagen of South Africa and General Motors South Africa, the bulk of the country’s catalytic converters, leather seating and component manufacturers, as well as a Ford Motor Corporation engine plant, are expected to benefit immeasurably from access to the new deepwater port.Reducing costsBusinesses in the southern African region rely on projects like Coega to reduce logistics costs and improve efficiencies.With its central position and customs-secure zones, Coega will be an ideal site for warehousing, assembly and other logistics-related operations, while its deepwater port will offer competitive advantages to businesses in surrounding areas.The area has excellent transport networks, while world-class industrial infrastructure – including roads, rail, bulk electricity and water, sewage and hazardous waste processing facilities – is being provided.Industrial development zonesSouth Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) are purpose-built industrial sites linked to an international port or airport and specifically designed to attract new investment in export-driven industries.All companies investing in IDZs will receive tax incentives and duty-free benefits from the government. Each IDZ established in the country will have:A customs-secured area with its own SA Revenue Services personnel, allowing investing companies to import raw materials on a duty-free basis from foreign countries and vat-free from inside South Africa. An industrial and services area for service and supply industries supporting large manufacturers in the custom-secured area, with top-notch industrial and office park environments as well as other services. A one-stop centre to facilitate regulatory procedures and requirements.Deepwater portThe Port of Ngqura, a multi-user deepwater port on the Coega River, is being developed by the National Ports Authority of SA.Construction on the port is already far advanced, with the facility expected to be operational by the end of 2005. It will have a capacity for accommodating bigger container vessels than any of South Africa’s seven other commercial ports.With the depth of the channel and the protected position in Algoa Bay, the port is in one of the best spots for a harbour along the South African coast.A channel carved by an ancient glacier allowed the development of the port to up to 23 metres. Protected from south-westerly winds by a finger of land, the port’s bay has 330 anchor days per year.The port cater to the needs of existing and future investors in the Coega IDZ, provide a conduit to international markets – and could make South Africa the hub of all north-south and south-south sea traffic.New generation smeltersThe government has been in talks with Brazilian mining company CVRD regarding its possible involvement in the Coega new generation aluminium smelter. Some R3-billion was last reported to be needed to develop the smelter.Canadian aluminium producer Alcan remains the lead promoter of the project. Both CVRD and Alcan have aluminium smelting interests in other parts of the world.Meanwhile, a memorandum of understanding with all the major participants involved in the construction of a ferro-nickel smelter could be in place by early next year.The CDC’s Peter Inman says negotiations are under way for the supply of nickel. “Excellent progress has been made – we have been speaking to everyone who is anyone in nickels”, Inman says. “We are looking at a number of ore suppliers ensuring a good geographical spread, and reducing the risk associated with long-term supply.”Inman says the deal to supply the 3-million tons of nickel annually is of very long duration to match the project life – some 25 to 30 years.SouthAfrica.info reporter
14 February 2013The Parliamentary Precinct in Cape Town’s city centre is abuzz with activity ahead of South African President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address.The President is expected to outline government’s priorities for the year and officially open Parliament at 7pm on Thursday.The address will be broadcast live on radio and television as well as streamed live on www.parliament.gov.za.Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has arranged for the address to be broadcast on big screens at a variety of venues in all provinces.Security is being beefed up and media are setting up their booths from where they will broadcast interviews, while parliamentary staff are ensuring the final preparations are wrapped up and that the National Assembly is perfect.The red carpet and platform leading up the National Assembly, where dignitaries will show off their fashion, is being allotted and large screens are being tested.Focus on National Development PlanThe South African Air Force on Tuesday practised the flyover above Parliament, which is scheduled to happen as the President arrives at the steps of the National Assembly.There will also be a national salute by the Ceremonial Guard of the South African National Defence Force and a 21-gun salute.Special State of the Nation Address banners have been erected along the precinct’s roads, many of which will be closed to traffic later today and tomorrow.Some of the invited guests include the country’s top matriculants from last year, businesspeople, diplomats, former President Thabo Mbeki and his wife Zanele, former Deputy Presidents Baleka Mbete and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former President FW de Klerk and Elita de Klerk, former Chief Justice Pius Langa and former Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Frene Ginwala.In his address, Zuma is not only expected to focus on the National Development Plan, but he will also provide an update on all key programmatic areas, especially the five priorities – education, health, creating decent work, the fight against crime as well as rural development and land reform.He will also outline progress made in the implementation of the New Growth Path, the economic strategy within the NDP.The Presidency has invited members of the public to send their comments on what they would like to see in Zuma’s speech on Facebook at www.facebook.com/presidencyza/ and twitter at @PresidencyZA.Source: SANews.gov.za
Bafana Bafana are on the up, once again wearing the badge with pride. One day we’re likely to talk about this group of players with the same reverence as our legendary heroes – Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung. Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone (front row, far right) in the 1957 to 1958 squad for Dutch football club Heracles Almelo. Mokone is so beloved in the Netherlands that there is a street named after him in Amsterdam. (Image: Salmon Palangana)Football-mad South Africa has had its share of greats, men who have not only wowed their countrymen, but have gone on to fly the flag in other countries as well. Among these legends are men who were stars long before the game was just about money. They were men whose reputations were built on their skill, and not the size of their wallet.Early starsAmong South Africa’s early football exports were Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung.Once signed for Barcelona (he never played a single game at the Palau Blaugrana arena) Mokone was the first black South African to play professional football in Europe. After signing up for English club Coventry City in 1955, Mokone went on to achieve superstar status playing for the Dutch side Heracles and later for Torino in Italy.At the time he was one of a handful of players to earn £10 000 a year. By 1959 he was rated as one of the best soccer players in Europe, and was being compared to the all-time greats of the game.Ntsoelengoe was a legend with Kaizer Chiefs Football Club in the 1970s before moving to the United States for 11 seasons. He was in the North American Soccer League (NASL) all-star team in 1979 and 1982 and was inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003. Ace Ntsoelengoe in the 1976 Minnesota Kicks squad. (Image: Stimulated Faculties)Sono, owner of Jomo Cosmos FC, had a tough childhood. His father, Orlando Pirates midfielder Eric “Scara” Bhamuza Sono, died in a car crash and his mother abandoned him. Being from Orlando East in Soweto, Orlando Pirates was his home club before he moved on to play for the New York Cosmos, where one of his team-mates was the legendary player Pelé.Jomo Sono in action against Angelo DiBernado in 1982. (Image: NASL Jerseys) Motaung – “Chincha-Guluva” as he was affectionately known because of his dribbling skills – played for Orlando Pirates. After a successful stint with US club Atlanta Chiefs he came back and formed the club Kaizer Chiefs, one of the most revered teams in South African football and the biggest rival to Orlando Pirates.A 22-year-old Kaizer Motaung with Brazilian football legend Pele in 1968. (Image: NASL Jerseys) Class of ’96Fast-forward a few decades and a new crop of players sprang up who would go on to be known as the Class of ’96 after winning the Africa Cup of Nations, or Afcon, two years into South Africa’s new democracy.From that crop Lucas “Rhoo” Radebe, Doctor “16V” Khumalo and Phil “Chippa” Masinga stand out for also appealing internationally and having great careers.Watch highlights of Bafana Bafana’s victory against Tunisia in the final of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations:Radebe plied his trade with Kaizer Chiefs before leaving them in 1994 and going to Leeds United in the UK. Leeds player of the year in 1998 he became club captain and remains a hero to the fans at Elland Road, the clubs home. The English band Kaiser Chiefs, all Leeds fans, named the band in honour of Kaizer Chiefs, Radebe’s first club.Khumalo, nicknamed after the Volkswagen GTI, a popular car in the township of Soweto at the time was a dribbling wizard that could read the game well. He was the guy that passed to Masinga to score the winning goal for the Afcon title. Khumalo played for the Moroka Swallows reserves before going to Kaizer Chiefs and then on to play for LA Galaxy in the US.Masinga scored the winning goal in the Afcon final of 1996 and brought South Africa to a standstill. A lanky striker with a thunderous shot, Masinga made use of his height advantage very well to score many goals during his illustrious career. He played for Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa before going to Leeds United and Italy’s Bari.The millennium revelationsBenni McCarthy is the only South African player to have ever won the European Cup Champions League. He is probably the most decorated South African players having won the Eredivisie with Ajax Amsterdam; Portuguese League with Porto under Jose Mourinho; and, a championship treble with Orlando Pirates where he retired in 2013.Watch Benni McCarthy’s top 10 goals for AFC Ajax:Aaron Mokoena is the first and only South African player with a century caps (107). He represented South Africa in four African Cup of Nations (1998, 2002, 2004, 2008), two World Cups (2002 and 2010) and the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was the captain of the South African team in the FIFA 2010 World Cup and was also Portsmouth FC captain in 2009 in the UK’s Premier League.Still playing regularly in the top flight league in South Africa, Siyabonga Nomvete can still put many a younger striker to shame. Having played in several European leagues, and now Moroka Swallows in the Premier Soccer League, Nomvete has represented Bafana Bafana since 6 May 1999, and he played in the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.These are not all of the greatest players to come from South Africa but their accomplishments continue to inspire the players that came after.