South African trio in Wisden’s top five

first_img11 April 2013After a very successful tour of England in 2012, three of South Africa’s star performers were among the five players named Cricketers of the Year in the 150th edition of the “Cricketer’s Bible”, Wisden, on Wednesday.Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis were joined on the list by South African-born England batsman Nick Compton, who attended Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal, and the West Indies’ Marlon Samuels.According to the guidelines set down by Wisden, no player may be selected more than once for the award, which dates back to 1889, making it the oldest individual award in cricket. Excellence in the previous English summer is the major criterion for inclusion as a Cricketer of the Year.Triple-centuryAmla was hugely influential in South Africa’s 2-0 series victory over England in the battle for the number one ranking in test cricket. He shared the Player of the Series award with England’s Matt Prior (another South African-born player) and became the first South African to score a triple-century in a test match.His unbeaten 311 at The Oval, which included an unbeaten partnership of 377 with Jacques Kallis and a 259-run stand with Graeme Smith, helped the Proteas to victory by an innings and 12 runs.He added a crucial century in the series-clinching win by 51 runs at Lords in the thrid and final test.Amla has since gone on to number one in the test batting rankings, having surpassed the elite 900-point mark, and he currently shares the number one ranking in one-day international batting with AB de Villiers.PartnershipKallis, already a legend of the game even though his career is far from over, contributed 182 not out, his highest score against England, to the 377-run stand, which was the third highest partnership in Proteas’ history.Together, Amla and Kallis have shared six 200-run stands. That is a world record, which they share with the outstanding former Australian opening pair of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.Kallis has been involved in 20 200-run partnership during his career, a feat that is unmatched in the history of test cricket.“The only surprise about the selection of Jacques Kallis was that he hadn’t been chosen earlier,” commented Wisden Editor Lawrence Booth.Number oneDale Steyn has been at the top of the test cricket bowling rankings for so long one could be forgiven for thinking he has taken residence in that position. He, like Amla, boasts a rating of over 900 points.In England, he put the knife into the home team in the Proteas’ massive victory at The Oval. While England’s much-vaunted bowlers looked toothless as South Africa compiled 637 for 2 declared, Steyn was excellent in their second innings, capturing 5 for 56 as England were bowled out for 240, to secure the win for the tourists.He finished the series as the leading wicket taker on either side, with four more victims than his new ball partner Vernon Philander.‘Most frightening’Booth described him “the world’s most frightening fast bowler”. That description, though, is not about all-out pace. Steyn can turn on the heat if he chooses to do so, but his bowling is about so much more than speed; it’s about swing, seam, change of pace, about thinking a batsman out and right now there is no one to match him.South Africa previously produced three of the five cricketers of the year: in 1966 after a winning tour of England in 1965, when Graeme and Peter Pollock and Colin Bland were honoured, and in 2009, when, after a 2-1 series win in 2008, Mark Boucher and Neil McKenzie were honoured along with Dale Benkenstein, who led Durham to their first ever county championship title.Cricket South Africa Acting CEO Naasei Appiah commented: “What a wonderful way for a South African celebration of the 150th edition of this famous publication, known affectionately as the ‘Cricketer’s Bible’.‘Richly deserved’“This recognition is richly deserved as has been clearly outlined by Editor Lawrence Booth in his comments. This is a proudly South African moment that all South Africans can enjoy.“It has truly been a phenomenal year for our Proteas and they have been and will continue to be an inspiration to the nation.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Chinese boost for South African auto manufacturing

first_img2 December 2015As fellow members of the BRICS association of emerging economies along with Brazil, Russia and India, the relationship between China and South Africa (and indeed, the rest of Africa) is an important one.The Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) is an institutional vehicle for political, economic and cultural interaction between China and Africa; the summit is expected to mark a qualitative shift in those relations.Held on 4 and 5 December with the theme “Africa-China progressive together: win-win co-operation for common development”, the summit will culminate in a meeting between South African President Jacob Zuma and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.Final countdown to the #FOCAC Summit. @UbuntuRadioZA @SAgovnews @ClaysonMonyela @NelsonKgwete @hectormbatha pic.twitter.com/gF6xTeZGiJ— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) December 1, 2015According to Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, trade between Africa and China has reached $220-billion(R3.2-trillion), 22 times higher than it was in 2000 when FOCAC was launched. He was speaking at the Lanting Forum in Johannesburg at the end of November 2015.There are over 3 000 Chinese enterprises operating in Africa, according to the minister. And with more than 3.6 million visits made between China and Africa, tourism is one of the growing industries that offer mutual benefits.Even with the slowdown in the Chinese economy, the potential and benefits for South Africa and the rest of the African continent are still very much apparent. Wang said that China planned to still import over $10-trillion in goods, invest more than $500-billion in overseas ventures, including in Africa, and encourage more than 500 million Chinese tourists to travel abroad over the next five years.In South Africa, China’s presence is slowly growing and beginning to be felt in various industries, including technology, mining and the automotive industry. Jobs are being created, products and commodities are being traded and new markets are being opened between South Africa and China. The Hebei Iron and Steel Group’s steel mill in Phalaborwa, opened in 2014, is just one of the many opportunities being created to herald the new shift. Another venture is the Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) factory in Springs.A media tour of the facility was arranged by the Industrial Development Corporation and Brand South Africa to give South African and Chinese media a closer look at how Chinese business style works in the South African context.Beijing Automotive WorksThe car maker is one of the many Chinese companies operating in South Africa. BAW South Africa is owned and operated by the Beijing Automotive Industry Company, China’s fifth-largest automotive manufacturer; it has partnered with the Industrial Development Corporation and China Africa Motors in the distribution of BAW minibus taxis across Africa. The vehicles are assembled at the company’s factory outside Springs, in Gauteng.Opened in 2012, the factory is the base of operations for BAW in the assembly and the promotion, sales and after-sales service of its vehicles. According to BAW chief executive James Chung, daily production at the factory is 25 to 30 vehicles. The company employs 160 people, the majority of whom work on the factory’s assembly line. Here the company’s flagship vehicle, the Sasuka minibus, is assembled from semi-knockdown kits imported from China.Baw Automotive – Manufacturing Taxis @UbuntuRadioZA @Brand_SA @the_dti @SAgovnews #FOCAC pic.twitter.com/7YiNP1Czt1— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) November 27, 2015Chung is happy with the relationship built between the company and its growing South African customer base, and hopes BAW South Africa can extend its product range over the next couple of years with light commercial vehicles, sport utility vehicles and passenger cars.While he has admiration for the processes involved in operating the business in South Africa, he does have concerns about the level of financial freedom, which is often dogged by red tape and over regulation. He thinks this is an obstacle many find daunting when trying to start a business in the country. Yet he hopes he can contribute to finding a way to alleviate the regulations and paperwork involved through discussions with the relevant parties in the government and the motoring industry.BAW in Springs-China Manufactured vehicles right here in SA –#MeetSouthAfrica journey to #FOCAC next week pic.twitter.com/yDyGsG0Bva— Hashtag South Africa (@hashtag_sa) November 27, 2015The BAW SasukaSimilar in shape and style to the ubiquitous Toyota Ses’fikile- the main player in the South African minibus taxi market – BAW offers a little extra included in the sale of the Sasuka to give it the edge in the competitive local market.Mr James Chung explaining how the call centre operates at Baw Automotive #FOCAC @Brand_SA @SAgovnews @the_dti pic.twitter.com/ntRKP9OWct— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) November 27, 2015In addition to air conditioning as standard in the Sasuka, the minibus also comes with satellite tracking operated by the company itself. The company runs a real-time tracking service for all vehicles sold, which monitors the performance and condition of the vehicle.The company will even alert owners when the Sasuka is due for its next service.The service plan, valid for two years or 200 000 kilometres, is included in the price of the vehicle. Servicing is free and taken care of in-house by BAW. It covers everything from the tyres, brakes, oil and parts replacement to the interiors and on-board technology. In addition, the Sasuka comes with on-board DVD system and GPS navigation as standard. The minibus has a rear-wheel drive 2.7 engine with a maximum speed of 156km/h and fuel consumption of 13.7 litres per 100 kilometres.#FOCAC media tour second leg is at the Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) in Springs @DIRCO_ZA @Brand_SA pic.twitter.com/G9rn8nEnxb— the dti (@the_dti) November 27, 2015SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

NBA champions Metta World Peace, Bill Wennington visit Manny Pacquiao

first_imgNBA champion Metta World Peace, right, and son Jeron pose for a picture with Manny Pacquiao. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTwo NBA champions took the time to drop by Manny Pacquiao’s lavish Los Angeles residence Monday (Manila time).Bill Wennington, a three-time champion with the Chicago Bulls, and Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, who won a crown with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010, were the Filipino boxing legend’s latest celebrity visitors.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES No more games on South Korean TV: Streaming services replacing TVs in sports broadcasts Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLast week another NBA champion in Michael Cooper, a five-time champion with the Lakers, who  went to Pacquiao’s home.Decorated MMA star Cris Cyborg had also visited Pacquiao earlier this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 40-year-old Pacquiao, the WBA welterweight champion, is defending his title against Adrien Broner on January 19 in Las Vegas.World Peace, an NBA All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, was with his son Jeron, whose mother Jennifer Ruth Uy Palma is a Filipino. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READlast_img read more