Rabbitohs are the real NRL deal: Johns

first_imgThe Sharks entered the clash on Friday as the hottest team in the NRL but were quickly brought down to earth by a relentless Rabbitohs side missing four stars to State of Origin.Every member of their starting forward pack cracked the 100-metre barrier, Adam Reynolds’ kicking game was on song, while youngster Adam Doueihi deputised at fullback with aplomb.The five victories on the trot is the most since the Rabbitohs’ breakthrough premiership in 2014.”The form they’re showing tonight, they look like a genuine threat for the premiership… they are the real deal,” Johns said during commentary for Channel Nine.The Sharks are just the latest victims in a run that has also claimed St George Illawarra and the Warriors, however the Rabbitohs were quick to pour cold water on their premiership credentials.”I understand that with winning some games in a row that there’d be some comments like that thrown around our side,” coach Anthony Seibold said.”But I think one thing we’ve done particularly well as a group is just diving into our next job.”I’m not getting carried away. I was really proud of the guys tonight… There may be some comments like that but we’re a pretty grounded group.”Stand-in skipper Sam Burgess also played down any talk of being a premiership force.”It’s a great win but the competition itself keeps you pretty honest. We’re seeing a lot of results go ways you probably wouldn’t expect,” he said.”The moment you start getting ahead of yourself or anything like that, you get beat.”Youngster Braidon Burns could be facing some time on the sidelines after suffering a suspected knee injury, however Seibold confirmed Alex Johnston should be available to take on Gold Coast next week.last_img read more

‘German Payday’ Resurfaces at Red-light

first_imgThe notorious acts being allegedly carried out by traffic control officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) referred to only as ‘German Pay-day’, has resurfaced at the Red-light Market in Paynesville.According to several affected commercial drivers and private vehicle owners, ‘German Pay-day’ is the time police officers allegedly extort money from them during the weekend.Some commercial drivers told the Daily Observer that special budgets are set aside starting Friday of each week for the ‘German Pay-day’ activities at the Red-light, Waterside and Duala Markets.It may be recalled that in June this year, following public outcry against ‘German Pay-day’ at the three major commercial districts in Monrovia, the LNP leadership instituted some measures to remedy the troublesome situation.At the time, several police officers were arrested by their superiors for the alleged extortion and subsequently transferred to different areas in Monrovia and its environs.Petty traders and commercial drivers expressed gratitude to the LNP leadership and urged them to sustain the clamp down on errant (misbehaving) officers operating in the three business districts in Monrovia.Regrettably, at the three crowded business districts in Monrovia, police officers are heard saying ‘bring my German Pay-day now or else.’“Let’s be very frank with our leaders and government that the present salaries will not deter these practices by our police officers in Monrovia and other parts of Liberia,” an aggrieved LNP officer cried out.In some real encounters with LNP officers assigned to Monrovia’s business districts, several of them pointed out that their salaries and incentives are a nightmare.The LNP officers also claimed that for the past several years in Liberia, salaries and essential incentives have remained very low and highly unacceptable by most professional standards in other countries.Correspondingly, the ‘German Pay-day’ activities in Monrovia’s business districts continue to generate anger and frustration among the thousands of petty traders and small enterprise owners.Many small, medium and large business entities have on many occasions complained of the snail pace of conveying goods and services from one end of Monrovia to other areas due to the ‘German Pay-day’ spree.Central Monrovia businessman Thomas Hansen Kollie last weekend told the Daily Observer that commercial and truck drivers conveying goods and services on many occasions encounter LNP officers demanding their ‘German Pay-day’ tokens.“Our goods and services to some parts of Monrovia are delayed owing to the numerous LNP officers encountered at the intersections awaiting their ‘German Pay-day’ and Christmas gifts,” Mr. Kollie complained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Unnecessarily expensive coffins create problems for crematoriums

first_imgDear Editor,On March 16, 2019, a media report titled “A grave matter” elaborated on the vandalisation of graves which contain expensive items buried on behalf of relatives as expressions of various sentiments.In a similar manner, I wish to draw attention to the difficulties created for the attendants at the crematorium at Blairmont Estate (and I believe at other crematoriums) who are often forced by family members to put the dead bodies with the ‘ostentatious/expensive’ coffins on the pyre for burning. This causes many unnecessary hassles and untold difficulties for the attendants during the burning as well as afterwards when the ashes have to be collected the next day.I wish to take this opportunity to plead with patrons of the Blairmont Crematorium to desist from this practice; it will save them many unnecessary expenses and save the attendants many hassles to clear the remains after the cremation. A simple coffin is much more preferred and indeed, will result in the better, cleaner burning of the deceased.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Man Who Sent Death Threats To Woman Found With Weapons In Car

first_imgA young mother of six has told how she has been living in fear after her partner sent her text messages telling her he was going to kill her.Alan Boyle was found by Gardai with a claw hammer and iron bar in the back of his car after finding the address of his former partner Melissa Darby. Gardai said they were so concerned for Ms Darby that they went patrols to her home at The Beeches, Ballybofey every half hour.Boyle, who had pleaded guilty to the offences, appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with threatening to kill and harassing Ms Darby as well as various driving offences.The couple had lived in Co Louth but Ms Darby fled the relationship in January and did not tell Boyle that she was moving to live close to friends in Ballybofey.However, he found out where Melissa was staying and even made calls from a local telephone box so she could see the local phone number showing up on her mobile phone to intimidate her.He then sent her a chilling text which read “Now you know I’m here.”Gardai told the court they believed Ms Darby’s life was under threat.When Gardai located Boyle in Ballybofey, they discovered a number of weapons in his car including a claw hammer, a bar and also a number of different car license plates.A series of the threatening text messages were read out in court.One read “This time I’m going to take your life…Make sure you take a good look at the kids because I’m going to take your life. This time it’s going to happen.”The court heard how the couple had six children and had started dating when Mr Darby was just 13 and Boyle was 23.However, Ms Darby took out a protection order against Boyle in February after they split.She told the court that she had been “scarred for life” saying she suffered panics attacks after the incidents.“This man has no idea what he put us through. We have been mentally scarred for life,” she said.Judge John O’Hagan sentenced Boyle of Apartment 5, Rock House, Castle Street, Castlebar Co Mayo to to three years for both the charges of harassment and making threats to kill which each sentence to run concurrently but suspended the last year of the sentence.He also disqualified Boyle from driving for ten years.Man Who Sent Death Threats To Woman Found With Weapons In Car was last modified: August 3rd, 2016 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:Alan Boyleclaw hammerdonegalGardaiMelissa Darbythreatslast_img read more

Resist the badge

first_imgAs a lawyer and older brother of two current Antelope Valley Union High School District students, I will strongly encourage them to resist this badging nonsense (“Badges for students, like it or not,” May 5) to the fullest when it is imposed upon their student body this fall. I hope they accept the challenge, if only for the pride of taking a principled stand against an arbitrary exercise of power. They are virtually certain to lose the battle in terms of their effect on policy, but they stand to win an enormous victory in terms of their character, resolve and sense of personal dignity. This issue is not remotely one, as board president Donita Winn so dismissively frames it, of a mere “clippy pin” attached to students’ ID cards. This is a debate of values, and Ms. Winn’s “clippy pins” matter only insofar as how students will be forced to employ them. Attach all the pins and colored lanyards you like, but there is a qualitative difference between the current cards and the future badges when students are to be compelled to display those badges at all times, on pain of penalty, for the convenience of school staff. Palmdale160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe consequence is further desensitization to excesses of authority and acceptance of a social structure in which the desires of public servants are treated as the unquestioned commands of public masters. That is not the America dreamt of by our forefathers. Education officials Gene Smith and Al Beattie assure us that students will “get used to it” and eventually “accept it as normal everyday operations.” The Palmdale High School wall is cited as an example: It was opposed by students during it’s 1998 construction, yet today is stands nearly unnoticed by its captives. This is offered as favorable testimony? When the only opposition offered by student representatives to this new imposition amounts to concerns over enforceability and fear of asphyxiation by lanyard, should we not, as a community, ask whether we are comfortable with the erosion of even this pitifully lean sense of sovereignty in our future leaders? Or is the proper question, sadly, whether it is already just too late? Clippy pins for all. Jonathan Vazquez-Smith last_img read more

USL: Fanad close gap at top while Derry also win

first_imgFour Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueFanad close the gap at USL’s summitFanad United 2 Bonagee United 0Fanad United closed the gap on leaders Cockhill Celtic to two points after a 2-0 victory over Bonagee United at Traigh-a-Loch on Sunday.The first half was a tense affair with not many clear cut chances created by either side.With 25 minutes gone some good work by Matthew Crossan sent Daire McDaid away but his shot went over the bar.Three minutes later Shaun McElwaine missed a gilt-edged chance to open the scoring when he met a Marty McAteer free kick at the back post but his weak header was easily saved by Gareth Wade.McElwaine was then called into action that the other end when he done well to block a goal bound shot from Francesco Crisci.Two minutes before the break Fanad missed a great chance to open the scoring when Keelin McElwaine burst through only to see his well hit shot come back off the cross bar and away to safety.Bonagee were left very frustrated on the stroke of half time when a very tight offside call denied Crisci a goal.Bonagee started the second half on the front foot and created a number of chances.In the 52nd minute Crisci pulled a shot wide when well placed.Two minutes later a fantastic ball from Aiden McCauley split the Fanad defence and sent Aiden McLaughlin through but Shane Graham made a fine save to deny him. Fanad made Bonagee pay for their missed chances when they took the lead on the hour.When Daire McDaid swung in a corner from the left, Seimi ‘Coshia’ Friel rose highest at the back post to plant a header into the top corner.Seven minutes later Fanad doubled their lead when McDaid found space at the edge of the box, his low shot produced a fine save from Wade but the ball fell to Keelin McElwaine who made no mistake with his finish.Bonagee were forced to play the final 20 minutes of the game with 10 men after Chris Moran received a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Keelin McElwaine.The final chance of the game fell to Crossan who seen his shot fizz wide with 15 minutes remaining.Best for Fanad were Shaun McElwaine, Seimi ‘Coshia’ Friel and Keelin McElwaine. Best for Bonagee were Aiden McCauley, Kennedy Boachie and Taylor RussellFanad United: Shane Graham, Seimi “Nanny” Friel, Oisin Langan, Seimi “Coshia” Friel, Shaun McElwaine, Marty McAteer, Matty Crossan, Daire McDaid, Davitt Walsh, Keelin McElwaine, Killian Gallagher.Bonagee United: Gareth Wade, Gareth Breslin, Taylor Russell, Ryan McGarvey, Darren Hunter, Chris Moran, Shane O’Doherty, Aiden McCauley, Aiden McLaughlin, Francesco Crisco, Kennedy Boachie-Ansah.Referee: Paul Duddy. Derry City Reserves 3-0 Swilly RoversDerry City Reserves moved up to third in the USL table following a comfortable win over Swilly Rovers at Templemore on Sunday afternoon.All three goals came in an entertaining second period with prolific striker Cathal Farren superbly heading home on 66 minutes to open the scoring.Farren – who was the USL’s first Player of the Month recipient for September – takes his tally to 12 in all competitions and leads the way in the League’s charts with eight goals.Derry doubled their lead on 75 minutes, Stephen Duffy converting at the back post following a super cross from man of the match Adrian Delap.The scoring was complete three minutes later when Cathal Farren scored his twelfth goal of the season, firing home a Stephen Duffy corner from twelve yards.Derry City Reserves: Mark McElhinney, Paul Doherty, Sam Todd, Lee McColgan, Dean Power, Matty Doherty, Shane McNamee, Adrian Delap, Matt Doherty, Stephen Duffy, Cathal Farren. Subs used: Evan Tweed, Rhys McDermott, Sean McBrideSwilly Rovers: Caolan Bolton, Shay Durning, Damien Friel, Dylan Hegarty, Ryan McDaid, Ryan Toland, Daniel O’Donnell, Mikey Sweeney, Dara Crossan, Marty McDaid, Ricky Fisher. Subs used: Jamie Lee Blaney, Mark Wilson.Referee: Packie Coll.RESULTS4 Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueDerry City Reserves 3 Swilly Rovers 0Fanad United 2 Bonagee United 0 FIXTURES4 Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueTuesday, November 22, 7.30pmFinn Harps Reserves v Letterkenny Rovers Refere – Vincent McLoughlin; assistants – Marty Quinn; Packie Coll.FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup, Third RoundSaturday, November 26Edenderry Town v Bonagee UnitedSunday, November 27College Corinthians v Cockhill Celtic Top Goalscorers (League only)Cathal Farren (Derry City Reserves) 8Mark Moran (Cockhill Celtic) 5Stephen Duffy (Derry City Reserves) 3Aidan McLaughlin (Bonagee United) 3Gerard McLaughlin (Cockhill Celtic) 3Max Karner (Derry City Reserves) 3Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers) 3INTERMEDIATE CUPTHERE are no fixtures in the 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League next weekend. The League extends its best wishes to our two representatives – Bonagee United and Cockhill Celtic – who are in FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup third round action. Bonagee are away to Edenderry Town on Saturday with Cockhill traveling to College Corinthians on Sunday.USL: Fanad close gap at top while Derry also win was last modified: November 20th, 2016 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)last_img read more

‘He’s bang average’ – Man United fans change their tune on huge transfer target

first_img NO JOY Pure class Shy guy You’re the one Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? misery Unpopular opinion; I’m yet to see why serge milinkovic-savic is worth 100milli plus #mufc #WorldCup #WorldCup2018— Ötieno (@EvansMaua) June 22, 2018 SUPERSTITION Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football All the #MUFC fans that want Milinkovic-Savic at the club must be tested. You’re only responding to a name.Lingard is wayyy better than whatever the hell I’ve seen from this guy— HighSchool (@STreeTbiLLs) June 22, 2018 Manchester United fans have been quick to change their tune on potential summer signing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.After his display for Serbia against Costa Rica last Sunday, many were keen to see the £100million-rated Lazio midfielder sign on the dotted line at Old Trafford. Fallon d’Floor talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings diamond geezer Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song center_img Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Serbia star and Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Still yet to see what the fuss is with Milinkovic-Savic, seen all these fan accounts before the World Cup raving about him, barely got involved in 2 games now for Serbia!! #MUFC #WorldCup @ManUtd— Completely Utd 🔴⚫ (@CompletelyUtd) June 22, 2018 But a quieter game against Switzerland, which his nation lost 2-1, has Red Devils supporter quick to ditch their interest in the talented 23-year-old.Real Madrid have also been linked with move for Milinkovic-Savic, while reports suggest Nemanja Matic is trying to tempt his compatriot to join him in Manchester.United fans, though, appear unable to make their minds up over the player, as you can see from their posts on Twitter. Latest World Cup news A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers 1 Another anonymous performance from Milinkovic-Savic for Sebia tonight £90m the Serbian Zidane I’d have Tadic or even Shaquiri in a Man Utd shirt before him #Mufc— Graham Whelton (@DepecheMoby) June 22, 2018 ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch LU BEAUTY Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup So do #MUFC fans want Milinkovic-Savic anymore? If you do, you’d have to find him first. He has gone into hiding today. #SRBSUI #SERSUI #WorldCupRussia2018— Kunal Sen (@kunalsen7684) June 22, 2018 Good times Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter That SARGEJ Milinkovic Savic dude is bang average, nothing special about him. Lazio must be crazy for wanting that much on him. #MUFC— Salaudeen Yusuf (@unitedyusuf) June 22, 2018last_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Brian Ó Domhnaill has called for an immediate extension to the Fodder importation scheme along with a special relief fund to help distressed farmers across the North West and around the country.Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “There is an extreme shortage of fodder for farmers right across the country. Short-term and long-terms measures must be taken by the Minister for Agriculture to help farmers deal with the crisis.“I am calling for an immediate extension to the Imported Fodder Transport Scheme which is due to end this week. The scheme should be extended by at least another two weeks. “There is a major crisis in the west and North West in getting fodder into the region and farmers are being forced to keep young stock in sheds because there is no food on the land for them. Dairy farmers are under particular strain with growth four to five weeks behind normal years.“Minister Coveney is failing Irish farmers. He needs to immediately put in place a €50m relief fund. The continuing unsettled weather combined with problems transporting fodder in from the UK and France means the fodder crisis continues to devastate the farming community.“The hardship being experienced by our farmers cannot be ignored any longer.”  SENATOR’S FEARS FOR FARMERS AS FODDER CRISIS CONTINUES was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:fianna failfodder crisisSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLSENATOR’S FEARS FOR FARMERS AS FODDER CRISIS CONTINUESlast_img read more


first_imgATHLETICS: Finn Valley AC star Aaron McGlynn has made the European Youth Olympics 800m final after a sensational run earlier today. McGlynn finished second in his heat and goes through to Thursday’s final.What makes the performance from the Finn Valley AC athlete even better is that he is ONE year younger than all his competitors. McGlynn is a talented soccer player and plays for Dungloe Town.His manager Pat Ward expressed his delight at McGlynn’s performance on his Facebook timeline earlier this evening.“Just heard the brilliant news from the Youth Olympics in Tbilisi that young Dungloe Town player Aaron McGlynn has qualified for the final on Saturday coming second in his heat.“This result makes even better reading when you consider Aaron is a year younger than most of his competitors. Brilliant well done Aaron from all at Dungloe Town.On a great day for Donegal athletics, Sommer Lecky and Arlene Crossan also reached their respective finals at the European Youth Olympics.Well done to you all on such incredible performances.DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL ATHLETE AARON MCGLYNN AS HE REACHES EUROPEAN FINAL IN TBILISI was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

Afrique du Sud : une ouverture au commerce

first_imgL’Afrique du Sud est l’un des marches emergents les plus prometteurs et elabore au monde, offrant une association unique entre des infrastructures economiques tres developpees de rang mondial et une economie de marche emergent dynamique.C’est aussi l’une des economies les plus avancees et productives d’Afrique.Voici quelques raisons de faire des affaires en Afrique du Sud :Des politiques economiques sainesUn contexte juridique et commercial favorableDes infrastructures de rang mondialL’acces aux marchesLa porte de l’AfriqueLa reforme commerciale, les accords de libre-echangeLe prix des affaires en Afrique du SudFaire des affaires est facile en Afrique du SudDes competences industrielles, des technologies de pointeCompetitiviteDes politiques economiques sainesDepuis le retablissement de la democratie en 1994, l’economie de l’Afrique du Sud est passee par une transformation structurelle avec la mise en place de politique macroeconomiques visant a promouvoir la concurrence nationale, la croissance et l’emploi et a augmenter l’ouverture de l’economie sur l’exterieur.Les principales reformes economiques ont donne naissance a une stabilite macroeconomique. Les taxes ont ete reduites, les prix ont baisse, le deficit fiscal a ete maitrise et les controles des echanges assouplis.Les depenses publiques ont aussi ete restructurees au profit des services sociaux qui contribuent a une meilleure qualite de vie pour tous les sud-africains.La Banque Centrale d’Afrique du Sud et la Banque de Reserve d’Afrique du Sud conservent leur independance vis-a-vis du gouvernement. Le programme de la banque axe sur l’inflation a eu des resultats positifs, le taux d’interets s’est stabilise et la devise se maintient a des niveaux concurrentiels. L’inflation a la consommation avoisinait environ 4,6 % en 2006 contre 9,8 % en 1994.Le gouvernement a clairement indique que les investissements etrangers etaient les bienvenus en Afrique du Sud et que des politiques en faveur des investisseurs supportaient les declarations publiques.En 2005, le gouvernement commença a formuler une nouvelle strategie pour stimuler le taux de croissance economique a 6 % du PIB d’ici 2014 et reduire le chomage. La mise en place de cette strategie, impliquant des investissements publics a grande echelle dans les infrastructures, les petites entreprises et le developpement des competences ainsi que des interventions visant des zones specifiques de l’economie, est en bonne voie.Voir : Afrique du Sud : aperçu economiqueUn contexte juridique et commercial favorableL’Afrique du Sud possede un cadre juridique progressiste de rang mondial. Le droit commercial, du travail et des questions maritimes est particulierement developpe et les lois relatives a la politique de concurrence, aux droits d’auteur, aux brevets, aux marques et aux conflits sont conformes aux normes et conventions internationales.Le caractere inviolable des contrats est protege par le droit coutumier et des cours independantes d’assurent du respect des droits et obligations commerciaux. L’independance du pouvoir judiciaire est garanti par la constitution.Les systemes financiers de l’Afrique du Sud sont complexes, solides et bien reglementes. Les reglementations bancaires d’Afrique du Sud se classent parmi les meilleures du monde et ce secteur se classe dans le top 10 a l’echelle mondiale. Les banques etrangeres sont bien representees et les equipements de services bancaires electroniques sont etendus, la banque par Internet etant un facteur de croissance du secteur.Le JSE Limited est la 20eme bourse du monde en termes de capitalisation du marche. Les regles du JSE et leur mise en application se basent sur les meilleures pratiques internationales et les systemes de negociation, reglement, transfert et enregistrement automatises du JSE sont equivalents a n’importe quel autre dans le monde.Des infrastructures de rang mondialDes infrastructures de niveau mondial, comprenant un reseau de transport moderne, une energie a des prix relativement bas et des equipements de telecommunication sophistiques.Et celles-ci sont modernisees et agrandies de façon importante en preparation de la Coupe du Monde 2010 de la Fifa.Le gouvernement a identifie des projets d’infrastructures massives comme pouvant etre des vecteurs de l’amelioration du taux de croissance economique du pays et de la creation d’emplois et le pays engage des milliards de rands pour que les investissements affluent.Voir : Les infrastructures de l’Afrique du SudL’acces aux marchesSitue a la pointe la plus australe du continent africain, l’Afrique du Sud est idealement placee pour un acces facile aux 14 pays formant la Communaute de Developpement d’Afrique Australe (SADC), dont le marche combine represente plus de 250 millions d’habitants, et les iles au large de la cote est de l’Afrique et meme les etats du Golfe et l’Inde.L’Afrique du Sud sert aussi de point de transbordement entre les marches emergents de l’Amerique Centrale et du Sud et les nouveaux pays industrialises de l’Asie du sud et de l’est.Les principales routes maritimes longent le littoral de l’Afrique du Sud dans l’Atlantique Sud et l’Ocean Indien et par ses sept ports commerciaux qui forment de loin le reseau le plus grand, le mieux equipe et le plus efficace du continent.Ces ports sont des intermediaires pour le commerce entre l’Afrique et ses partenaires de la SADC et l’Union douaniere d’Afrique du Sud mais fonctionnent egalement comme des plates-formes pour un trafic en provenance et a destination de l’Europe, de l’Asie, des Ameriques et des cotes est et ouest de l’Afrique.La porte de l’AfriqueL’Afrique du Sud est non seulement un marche emergent important mais egalement la condition minimale pour acceder a d’autres marches subsahariens. Le pays est frontalier de la Namibie, du Botswana, du Zimbabwe, du Mozambique, du Swaziland, du Lesotho et ses liens routiers et ferroviaires bien developpes offre la plate-forme et les infrastructures pour le transport terrestre jusqu’au cœur de l’Afrique subsaharienne.De plus, l’Afrique du Sud possede sur place les competences en marketing et les canaux de distribution imperatifs pour toute entreprise commerciale en Afrique.Le pays joue un role significatif en fournissant de l’energie, des secours, des transports, des communications et des investissements sur le continent. L’Afrique du Sud etait le plus gros investisseur dans le reste de l’Afrique entre 1990 et 2000, d’apres un rapport de 2003 de LiquidAfrica Research avec un investissement avoisinant 1,4 milliard de dollars US et totalisant 12,5 milliards sur dix ans.L’Afrique du Sud est egalement une force dynamique au sein des 14 membres de la Communaute de Developpement de l’Afrique Australe (SADC) et a joue un role cle dans le developpement du Nouveau Partenariat pour le Developpement de l’Afrique (Nepad), le programme de renouveau socio-economique de l’Union Africaine.L’Afrique du Sud est egalement une force dynamique au sein des 14 membres de la Communaute de Developpement de l’Afrique Australe (SADC) et a joue un role cle dans le developpement du Nouveau Partenariat pour le Developpement de l’Afrique (Nepad), le programme de renouveau socio-economique de l’Union Africaine.La reforme commerciale, les accords de libre-echangeDepuis la signature de l’Accord General sur les Tarifs et le Commerce en 1994, l’Afrique du Sud est devenu un acteur du systeme des echanges mondiaux et une serie de reformes commerciales, incluant une reduction des tarifs et un programme de rationalisation, a ete mise en place.L’acces au marche a ete ameliore grace aux accords de libre-echange avec l’Union Europeenne et la Communaute de Developpement de l’Afrique Australe (SADC) et la mise en place de la Loi de la Croissance et des Opportunites Africaines des Etats-Unis.Au cours de ces dernieres annees, l’Afrique du Sud a aussi noue des relations solides avec des marches dans le reste de l’Afrique, de l’Asie et de l’Amerique Latine. L’alliance Inde-Bresil-Afrique du Sud (IBSA), creee en 2003, vise a augmenter les echanges entre les trois pays du niveau actuel d’environ 6 milliards de dollars a 10 milliards de dollars au cours de prochaines annees. Et le pays est devenu un partenaire essentiel en matiere de commerce et d’investissement de la Chine qui, au cours de ces dix dernieres annees, est devenu un acteur important sur le continent africain.Le prix des affaires en Afrique du SudLe taux de change en Afrique du Sud en fait l’un des pays les moins chers pour les etrangers qui souhaitent y vivre et y travailler, surtout avec ses infrastructures de rang mondial et son niveau de vie eleve qui garantit la valeur de l’argent.Les couts de l’energie en Afrique du Sud font encore partie des plus bas du monde et le pays est aussi favorable si l’on compare les prix du petrole avec un secteur prive et des multinationales petrolieres assurant le raffinage et vendant presque toutes les produits derives du petrole en Afrique australe.Et les couts des telecommunications baissent. L’operateur de ligne fixe Neotel, qui a recemment obtenu une autorisation, a commence a donner un avant-gout de la concurrence a la societe publique Telkom. Le gouvernement prend des mesures afin de garantir une capacite large bande moins cher et plus largement accessible. Et des projets importants sont en cours pour installer des cables de fibre optique sous-marins le long des cotes est et ouest d’Afrique afin d’encourager les liens entre le continent et le reste du monde.Le cout unitaire de la main d’oeuvre en Afrique du Sud est bien plus faible que celui des autres pays emergents, y compris le Mexique, la Hongrie, la Malaisie ou Singapour et la productivite de la main d’œuvre s’est grandement ameliore au cours de ces dernieres annees. Une legislation du travail coherente a contribue a une nette reduction des jours perdus suite a des actions revendicatives depuis 1994.Le taux d’imposition des societes en Afrique du Sud, qui doit descendre a 28 % en 2008-2009, est favorable par rapport a celui d’un certain nombre de pays en voie de developpement, et les perspectives d’autres baisses sont bonnes.Faire des affaires est facile en Afrique du SudL’Afrique du Sud s’est classee 35eme sur 178 pays dans le rapport Doing Business 2008 de la Banque Mondiale et de la Corporation Financiere Internationale, une enquete annuelle qui mesure le temps, le cout et les difficultes pour les entreprises a respecter les exigences juridiques et administratives.L’Afrique du Sud s’est classees devant des pays developpes comme le Portugal (37) et l’Espagne (38), ainsi que devant des pays en voie de developpement importants comme le Mexique (44), la Chine (83), la Russie (106), l’Inde (120) et le Bresil (122).Le rapport a place l’Afrique du Sud en neuvieme position pour la protection de ses investisseurs tout en notant des ameliorations importantes dans le domaine du lancement d’entreprises et de l’obtention de credits.Des competences industrielles, des technologies de pointeLa croissance de la production industrielle de l’Afrique du Sud est bien au dessus de la moyenne des marches developpes.La production industrielle du pays adopte de plus en plus les technologies, avec des secteurs de fabrication high-tech, comme celui des machines, de l’equipement scientifique et des vehicules motorises, ayant augmente la part de leur production depuis 1994.La recherche technologique sud-africaine et ses normes de qualite sont reputees dans le monde entier. Le pays a developpe un certain nombre de technologies de pointe, notamment dans les domaines de l’energie et des carburants, de la production d’acier, de l’extraction profonde, des telecommunications et des technologies de l’information.CompetitiviteL’Afrique du Sud s’est classee 44eme sur 130 pays, devant l’Italie et l’Inde, dans l’indice de competitivite mondial du Forum Éonomique Mondial en 2007/2008. Le pays africain le mieux classe etait la Tunisie en 32eme position avec une note de 4,59. La note de l’Afrique du Sud, une moyenne des notes de 12 mesures de competitivite, etait de 4,42.Un certain nombre de mesures d’aide a l’industrie a ete introduit depuis 1994 afin d’ameliorer la competitivite de la base industrielle d’Afrique du Sud. Celles-ci comprennent des mesures recentrees sur l’offre plutot que sur la demande (comme des programmes d’aide aux tarifs et exportations cheres).Le gouvernement a propose des primes a l’encouragement pour les projets de fabrication a forte valeur ajoutee, une aide a l’innovation industrielle, un meilleur acces au financement et un environnement favorable pour le developpement des petites entreprises.Des zones de developpement industriel ont ete creees a proximite des principaux ports et aeroports offrant des infrastructures de rang mondial, un aide douaniere et des reductions de taxes.L’Afrique du Sud possede un regime de concurrence bien developpe et reglemente base sur les meilleures pratiques internationales. La Loi sur la Concurrence de 1998 a fondamentalement reforme la loi de la concurrence du pays, renforçant les pouvoirs des autorites de la concurrence en ligne avec les modeles de l’Union Europeenne, des USA et du Canada.La loi impose plusieurs interdictions sur les comportements anticoncurrentiels, les pratiques restrictives (comme les prix fixes, deloyaux et les offres complices) et les « abus » des societes « dominantes » (societes ayant une part de marche de 35 % ou plus).Les autorites de la concurrence surveillent l’application et le respect de la loi et les regulateurs d’etat supervisent les monopoles naturels et encouragent un acces universel aux services publics.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Aout 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookDepartment of Trade and IndustrySouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryStatistics South Africalast_img read more