Fourth suspect in Berbice triple murder arraigned

first_imgthe fourth suspect held in the gruesome Berbice triple murder, Rakesh Karamchand, 27, of Sheet Anchor, Corentyne, was on Thursday arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.In a packed courtroom Karamchand was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge of murder.Rakesh KaramchandIt is alleged that between July 21 and 22, 2016, he murdered Pawan Chandradeo, Jaikarran Chandradeo and Narish Rooplall at Mibikuri, Black Bush Polder, Corentyne.While in court, the unrepresented defendant shouted and proclaimed his innocence.Karamchand, also known as ‘Rocky’ was remanded and the matter was transferred to Mibikuri Magistrate’s Court where the case will be called on October 4, 2016.The accomplices facing charges for the triple murder are Carlton Chaitram, 37, Jairam Chaitram, 17 and Tameshwar Jagmohan, 26; all of Mibikuri South, Black Bush Polder.Karamchand was recently arrested by the Major Crimes Unit. Police spokesman Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan related in a report that following a tip-off, ranks from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters conducted a covert operation in the backlands of the Corentyne, which led to the arrest of the suspect.An unlicensed shotgun and seven cartridges were also found, Ramlakhan revealed. He said that two other males were also in custody assisting with investigations in respect to the firearm used in the triple murder.On Friday, July 23, 2016, the bodies of Chandradeo Senior and Junior, and brother-in-law, Rooplall, of Number 73 Village, Corentyne, were discovered lying next to each other on a dam at Cookrite Savannah, Black Bush Polder, with gunshot wounds.Police in a release said each body bore a single gunshot wound. The discovery of the bodies was made by a rice farmer, shortly after daybreak.last_img read more

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Cops cannot refuse to take report from victims – Minister

first_img…says officers will be disciplined if found culpable Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has announced that all police stations are capable of taking statements and reports from persons, regardless of the situation or jurisdiction where the incident occurred since it can be forwarded to the relevant authorities.This is in light of reports by frustrated victims of various crimes who are denied an opportunity to make a report or statement at some police stations since the offence reported did not occur within their jurisdiction. This has been an ongoing issue as members of the public have complained bitterly about being turned away or told to go to another police station to make a report.Ramjattan, when asked about the issue, said that it is completely wrong for Police officers to do that and they can be disciplined for such practice.“That is absolutely wrong on the Police Force and for a policeman to say that. The report ought to be taken and especially in the emergency nature by the police that the person first went to, even if it is a telephone call to tell the other station that a report was taken here,” Ramjattan said.According to him, the present system allows for all police stations to be informed immediately of any offences that they should be aware of within their jurisdiction. This means that if the statement is taken, it can be conveyed to the station that has to deal with the matter.“That is what happens. If a murder is committed…almost all the police station can get to know immediately what is happening. So the report must be taken so that even though the relevant and more central police station that has to take it, which will be conveyed to the police station,” he said.The Public Security Minister referred to this act as lethargy on the part of law enforcement officials, who are culpable of doing such. He further stated that in the process of eradicating these occurrences, those who are guilty will be disciplined.“I think that might just be lethargy and laziness on the part of the policeman who was told about the report. That is what we’re trying to professionalise. We are in the process of ensuring and those cases where that happens, I would like to get a little short complaint from the citizen so that I can send it to the office of professional responsibility. The policeman or station sergeant that does that will certainly be disciplined,” said Ramjattan.Just recently, a University of Guyana student was robbed at the Stabroek Market, where he fainted due to strangulation. Subsequently, the police outpost informed him that he should visit the Brickdam Police Station. There, the officers on duty reportedly jotted down his information and referred him to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) which is responsible for such crimes.last_img read more

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Truckers protest interior economic woes, deplorable roads

first_imgReports of an economic downturn were personified by a group of truck operators who travelled from the interior to Georgetown on Friday to complain about the economic woes gripping Guyana’s interior, and about the poor state of infrastructure.On a good run, the group, part of Guyana’s services sector, transport containers of fuel, ration, and other important items from Georgetown to various interiorThe trucks parked on Church Streetlocations for various clients. Now, however, lack of work and deplorable roads have caused many to reconsider their multi-million-dollar investment in their heavy duty vehicles, and to downsize their operations.They made their grievances known at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition on Church Street, Georgetown. Their concerns included a dip in the amount of work they formerly had, the poor state of the Kurupung road in Region Seven, and the extensive bureaucratic process when dealing with regulatory agencies.Richard Adams, who operates Global Exchange Trucking Service, affirmed that he is up-to-date on his taxes and has all his compliance papers in place. But he spoke of the pressure he is facing to make ends meet, while the lack of work bites down on his finances.“It takes three months before you can get compliance, and in my case it lasts for 28 days. Now, for me to apply for Government contracts, I have to have a compliance. But look at all these bills I’m paying and I’m getting no jobs,” he lamented.“Apart from that, the interior road (which) we traverse is in a deplorable state, andSome of the truckers at the meeting on Fridaywe’re trying to ask the relevant authorities to look into it for us,” Adams said. “Because it is impossible to earn a living with the state of the interior roads,” he added.He noted that while the Government did do some maintenance work, that work was done from Itaballi to Puruni Landing. Adams estimated the distance from Puruni Landing to Olive Creek to be at least 60 miles. According to Adams, some of the trips that once took two days are taking more than triple that time to complete.“It’s so deplorable (that) some of the trips we are taking 15 to 20 days to complete a round trip when we’re used to doing it in two days,” Adams lamented. The trucker also spoke about the toll he has to pay to pass through Linden. “Apart from that is the Linden toll. I don’t know why it is (that expensive). In my case, I’m paying $5000 at a toll, less than two miles later, I’m paying another $5000 to pass through Linden. And this is per trip! If we were coming out back from the interior with a load, they would ask for another $5000,” he explained.The trucker claimed that having once owned five trucks, he is now down to his last truck. Adams spoke of the astronomical cost just to maintain that truck after almost every trip, and intimated that he may come out of the business altogether. Adams said initial unsuccessful attempts to approach the Public Infrastructure Ministry prompted him to bring his grievances to the Opposition Leader. Adams revealed that he is solvent and has paid off all debts for ownership of his truck. However, there are some who still have to pay off vehicle loans while at the same time suffering financial drain from repairing and maintaining their heavy duty vehicles.Other truckersOther truckers who were present with Adams spoke of experiencing similar trouble.According to Damon Motilall, the owner of one truck, he has been transporting fuel and ration for gold miners in the interior. But while mining is one of the biggest sectors in the country, the untenable condition of the road is a major concern.“I and my family and colleagues are very affected by this. I can’t get to work — also my colleagues can’t get to work — because the road is not accessible so that we can do our jobs comfortable and earn a decent salary to maintain our families and pay our bills. We need the Government to look into our matter, to see how best they can make these roads accessible,” he declared.Robert Henry, another trucker, is in a position of having to pay vehicle instalments while having to fork up astronomical sums of money to maintain his vehicle.“Last Thursday, I left to make a trip to Puruni, (and) only yesterday (Thursday) I returned,” Henry lamented. “The expense that it cost me, I can’t afford to maintain the truck with the deplorable condition of the road. I still owe for my truck, and I cannot maintain my family (under the prevailing) situation. So I am asking the Government if they can maintain the road and make it accessible,” he explained.last_img read more

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2 drivers injured, sent to hospital

first_imgThe Toyota also hit a westbound van, Hutt said. The Toyota driver might have lost control because she was suffering a medical emergency, Hutt said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 SAUGUS – A motorist crossed the center divider Monday on Soledad Canyon Road, hitting two vehicles in a crash that sent two drivers to the hospital, a sheriff’s deputy said. The collision near the Saugus Speedway also caused westbound traffic to back up more than a mile, authorities said. The driver of a Toyota Corolla who crossed the divider was one of the two patients hospitalized. “I thought the car was going to blow up so I helped her out,” said crash witness Guillermo Larco, 26, as he wiped blood from his hand with a wet wipe. The driver of the Toyota Corolla was cut when she hit the windshield, said sheriff’s Deputy Greg Hutt of the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station. An occupant in a Mazda6 hit by the Toyota was also hospitalized, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Roma rival Liverpool for Barcelona defender

first_img Barcelona defender Adriano Liverpool will rival Italian outfit Roma to sign Barcelona defender Adriano.The Brazilian full-back is widely tipped to leave the Nou Camp this summer and Roma representatives are expected to meet with Barca officials in Spain this week to discuss a move.Brendan Rodgers’ men have been heavily linked with the experienced former Sevilla star, who has slipped down the first-team pecking order at the reigning Champions League holders.According to Sky Italia, the conclusion of Barcelona’s presidential elections will help speed up any outgoing transfers at the club and the Catalan side are believed to want as little as £3million for Adriano.Liverpool are keen to strengthen their defence this summer but know they will now have to move quickly to land the out-of-favour 30-year-old defender. 1last_img read more

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BOY OH BOY – THINGS ARE EVOLVING FOR JP AND CLAIRE!

first_imgThings were always going to ‘evolve’ when JP McCloskey met wife-to-be Claire.So there was no surprise but plenty of joy when the couple welcomed their new baby son into the world this week.Proud parents JP, who owns Evolve Menswear, and wife Claire, who owns the Bread and Butter restaurant, are said to be simply “over the moon with joy” at the birth of their son. There’s probably two things guaranteed after the happy birth.Baby Reuben will be the best fed and best dressed baby in Letterkenny.Wishing all three of you all the happiness possible from Donegal Daily.   BOY OH BOY – THINGS ARE EVOLVING FOR JP AND CLAIRE! was last modified: March 16th, 2013 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

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DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORT Premier Division / Division One, Promotion / Relegation Play-OffCastlefin Celtic 0 v 0 Cranford United( Cranford United won 4-2 on penalties ) Cranford United came to Diamond Park, Ballyare on Sunday afternoon as a Premier Division team and that is exactly how they departed League Headquarters a few hours later but not before they had their Premier Division status thoroughly examined by Castlefin Celtic from the Watson Hire Division One.Ryan Mc Gonagle had the first real opening after six minutes play when he was set up by Philip Buchannan but the forwards shot was weak and didn’t trouble Anthony O’ Hagan in the Castlefin net. Mark Carlin then went through on goal but the tight angle was too much for the Castlefin man to overcome and his shot went wide of the target. Buchannan then send a long range effort over the Castlefin crossbar as Cranford started to dictate the match. O’Hagan allowed the slippy ball to squirm from his grasp midway through the half but to his relief Emmett White was on hand to clear the danger with Kyle Black lurking nearby.Castlefin started the second half better and remained on top for most of the forty five minutes apart from a ten minute spell from twenty five to thirty five when Cranford threatened. Philip Buchannan protested after he felt he was impeded from getting to a cross into the penalty area but match referee Joe Mc Hugh wasn’t interested in his claims. As the Castlefin attacks intensified Shaun Mc Elwaine became busier but the sweeper coped well behind central defensive partner Arthur Lynch. Matthew O’ Rourke, Barry Tourish and Mark Carlin all had half chances but none that could be chalked up as bad misses. Cranford had a few free kicks from just outside the Castlefin penalty area but Semi Nani Friel and Chris Dufy failed to get them on target. Cranford introduced Kieran Sharkey for Ryan Mc Gonagle and the experienced player slotted in well at right-back allowing Friel to move into a more forward role. Emmett White and Kieran Brennan, like their Cranford counterparts, were solid in the centre of the Castlefin defence while Simon Mc Glinchey looked the busiest man on the pitch as he chased every ball in his usual manner.The match ended level after the normal ninty minutes so it went to extra time. Both team were reduced in staff after a few additional minutes as Seamus Carr and Ronan Tourish both saw red. Darren Lynch replaced Philip Buchannan with Anthony White coming on for Dunnion who was suffering from severe cramp. James Butts replaced Simon Mc Glinchey who had worked tirelessly throughout as Castlefin went all out in search of a winning goal. It wasn’t to come nor did Cranford make the breakthrough so it came down to the penalty shoot-out to decide where the teams would play next season.Matthew O’ Rourke dragged his first spot-kick wade of Sean Gallagher’s goal as did Anthony White. When Semi Nani Friel scored his penalty it was Cranford’s fourth perfect kick and put them in an unassailable position.Castlefin Celtic: Anthony O’ Hagan, Michael Dunnion, PJ Mc Menamin, Emmett White, Kieran Brennan, Simon Mc Glinchey, Dominic Mc Glinchey, Ronan Tourish Mark Carlin, Barry Tourish, Matthew O’ Rourke. Subs Anthony White and James Butts.Cranford United: Seam Gallagher, Semi Nani Friel, Christopher Duffy, Shaun Mc Elwaine, Arthur Lynch, Seamus Mc Laughlin, Semi Carr, Philip Buchannan, Kyle Black, Ryan Mc Gonagle, Michael Cannon. Subs: Hughie Bradley, James Lee Mc Bride, Kieran Sharkey, Darren Lynch. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh, Assistants: Paddy Martin and Paddy DuffySATURDAYGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDonegal Town Reserves 4 Arranmore United 2 Donegal Town completed the double over Champions Arranmore United to join the islanders in Division One next season. Arranmore came to the Hospital Field as runaway Champions in Division Two but a superb Donegal performance ensured the Town also secured promotion. Donegal came out of the blocks quickly and found themselves three up after thirty minutes. Donegal’s talismanic frontman David Bustard opened the scoring prodding home a wonderful assist from Daniel McHugh. Ciarán McGinley then doubled Donegal’s advantage shortly after with a lovely curling effort which found its way into the top corner. Joe McIntyre sealed a blistering start latching onto a misplaced pass to run through on goal and finish superbly to the bottom corner. Arranmore were sprung into action at this stage and gave the Donegal men a reminder of why they only dropped 8 points all season with a superbly worked goal with five minutes left in the first half, finished off by O’Donnell.After the restart it was clear to everyone present that the next goal would be crucial. Donegal started brightly and pushed on in search of the goal to kill the game off. A late tackle on David Bustard as he when through on goal resulted in a spot kick which McGinley converted to give the Town a comfortable cushion. Arranmore never let the heads drop however and threw numbers forward as they tried to get back into the game. The central spine of the Town team which consisted of Mc Grory, Lafferty and Hegarty was outstanding throughout and dealt with everything that was thrown at them. The returning Eamonn McGinley in goal produced a wonder save from a Mc Glanaghey free kick with twenty remaining to maintain the three goal lead. Mc Glanaghey got his reward shortly after when he reacted quickest to hammer the ball home with ten minutes left on the click. It proved in the end to be in vain as the Donegal men held on to confirm their promotion and a just reward for a great season.Strand Rovers 0 Glenree United Reserves 1This game started off in perfect conditions before rain came in over the bay. Glenree started with a strong squad with no less than a win required. The game was very free flowing with Strand playing some good football at times. Strand had the upper hand but a Glenree corner resulted in a mistake by the strand keeper and defender heading into the Strand net. Strand now had to come from behind. Both teams enjoyed good possession at times with Glenree aided by the wind but the first half ended with Glenree one up. The second half started off with Strand piling on the pressure and thats the way it was for the second 45 minutes with Strand pushing all men forward including the keeper going forward at times. Good saves from the Glenree keeper and the post all denied the equaliser and resulted in a Glenree win who now go into the playoff, great team effort from Strand, and well done to Glenree on a successful seasonMilford United Reserves1 Gweedore United Reserves 5Gweedore United did what they could to keep their slim promotion hopes alive when they visited Moyle View Park on Saturday afternoon. Five goals with only the solitary reply from their hosts meant that all hinged on what was happening elsewhere. News filtered through that Donegal Town Reserves had taken victory against Arranmore United and they joined the Islanders by gaining automatic promotion. After an anxious wait on the score from Strand Park it soon became know that Glenree too had won their match and in doing so claimed the promotion / relegation play-off spot where they will face Mulroy Celtic to see which team plays Division One football next season.Cranford United Reserves 0 Keadue Rovers Reserves 4Keadue started the game strong against a young Cranford team and hadsome half chances but could not convert. Cranford came into game welland were unlucky not to score through Naoise Cullen. Keadue took the leadon the stroke of half time when Chris Greene scored from a tight angle.After the break Cranford got caught by a break-away goal with a neatfinish from David Sweeney. Cranford responded well and a Brendan Gilesheader came back of the post with the keeper beat. Dale Mc Fadden and BenMc Bride both went close with chances for Cranford. With Cranfordneeding to push men forward, they got caught with two late goals agreat strike from Chris Greene and then Luke Neely adding a fourth. Teamefforts.RESULTSGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 4 v 0 Curragh Athletic ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDonegal Town Reserves 4 v 2 Arranmore UnitedStrand Rovers 0 v 1 Glenree United ReservesMilford United Reserves 1 v 5 Gweedore United ReservesCranford United Reserves 0 v 4 Keadue Rovers ReservesPremier Division / Division One, Promotion / Relegation Play-OffCastlefin Celtic 0 v 0 Cranford United( Cranford United won 4-2 on penalties )FIXTURESSATURDAY 10-05-2014 K.O. 2p.m. Venue T.B.C.Old Orchard Division One /Glencar Inn Division TwoSaturday Promotion/Relegation Play-OffGlenree United Reserves v Mulroy CelticDowntown Cup Final K.O. 4.30 p.m. Diamond Park, BallyareCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Glenea United ReservesSUNDAY 11-05-2014 K.O. 1.30p.m. Diamond Park, BallyareBrian Mc Cormick Cup FinalCastlefin Celtic v Milford UnitedDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: May 4th, 2014 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

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‘Full Moon Fever’ for Africa’s SKA bid

first_img15 November 2011South Africa has launched a “Full Moon Fever” campaign as part of a series of events leading up to the announcement of the host of the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – arguably the country’s most important contest since its successful bid to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.On the Fridays and Saturdays closest to the full moon of each month until the announcement is made in the first half of 2012, the Department of Science and Technology will host Full Moon Fever events to rally support from communities in South Africa and on the continent for the African SKA bid.Mission MeerKATThe department, in partnership with the South African State Theatre, will also be creating a mobile exhibition and a live stage play called “Mission MeerKAT”, about the world-class SKA precursor instrument which the country is currently building.Regardless of whether South Africa wins the SKA bid, the MeerKAT will be a powerful scientific instrument in its own right, comprising 80 dishes each 13.5-metres in diameter. It is being built adjacent to the site proposed for the core of the SKA, in a radio astronomy reserve near the small town of Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, where it is due to be commissioned in 2014/15.A specially equipped truck will take performances of “Mission MeerKAT” across the country, with events also planned for outlying areas and smaller communities.South Africa vs Australia – on the science field!For many South Africans, the country’s bid to host the SKA will be another case of taking on the arch-rival: South Africans have a long history of fierce competition with Australia on the sporting field. This time the field is cutting-edge science – and the stakes are considerably higher.South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the SKA, the world’s most powerful radio telescope, an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built.The international science funding agencies and governments involved in the international SKA consortium are due to announce the winning bidder in 2012, with construction likely to start in 2016 and take place in phases over several years, with completion by about 2022.More than 70 institutes in 20 countries, together with industry partners, are participating in the scientific and technical design of the SKA telescope, which will be located either in Australia and New Zealand, or in southern Africa extending to the Indian Ocean Islands – with the core of the array located in the Northern Cape.No newcomer to major league astronomySpeaking at the Full Moon Fever campaign launch at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Monday, Science and Technology deputy director-general Val Munsami said: “Tonight is a night with a difference for the discipline of science and technology.“Scientists and researchers can, for a moment, forego their busy research schedules and get out of their laboratories to join us in celebrating astronomy and its impact on science in South Africa.”South Africa is no newcomer to major league astronomy. The Northern Cape is already home to one of the world’s largest telescopes, the Southern African Large Telescope or SALT.South Africa also works closely with neighbour Nambia on the HESS gamma ray telescope, and recently finished building an engineering test bed of seven dishes, called the KAT-7, in preparation for full construction of the MeerKAT, due to start in 2012.The KAT-7’s first astronomical image – of the galaxy Centaurus A, whose intense radio emission is powered by a massive black hole in the centre of the galaxy – has already been made.Huge significance for AfricaSKA South Africa director Bernie Fanaroff has said that if Africa is to fulfil its potential as the next great economic growth destination, it needs large scientific projects such as the Square Kilometre Array.The design, construction and operation of the telescope will have a potentially massive impact on skills development in science, engineering and associated industries, not only in the host countries but in all project partner countries.The SKA project will drive technology development in antennas, fibre networks, signal processing, and software and computing, with spin-off innovations in these areas set to benefit other systems that process large volumes of data.Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said in September, when South Africa submitted its final bid documents for hosting the SKA, that Africa would “provide a home for the SKA to do revolutionary science”, describing SA’s proposal as “strong, cost-effective and robust”.‘Strong, cost-effective, robust bid’South Africa’s proposed site for the core of the SKA – the remote, radio-“quiet” Karoo region of the country’s Northern Cape province – was “orders of magnitude better than any existing observatory, and is protected by the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act,” Pandor said.“The excellence of our site has been recognised by the construction and operation of the world-leading PAPER and CBASS telescopes on our site, in which we are collaborating with leading US institutions.“Our team, with business and industry, has developed excellent solutions for how to provide power, data transport and infrastructure for the telescope very cost-effectively.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Being green for River Rehab

first_imgIt is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems. (Image; Greenbeings, via Facebook)Join Green Beings on the banks of the Klein Jukskei Spruit in northeastern Johannesburg on 12 March and celebrate this year’s Water Week by helping to revitalise the waterway.The family-friendly River Rehab event run by Green Beings takes place between 8am and 1pm. It is an opportunity for residents, businesses, civic organisations and others to join their efforts in removing as much rubbish from the river and the surrounding areas as they can.Green Beings also urges people to help it introduce as many indigenous plants along the river as possible, while also removing harmful alien species and maintaining the environment.WATER WISERecent water shortages and drought in the country, with unpredictable rainfall patterns, are taking their toll on many South Africans. As a collective, the nation has become more aware of the importance of using our natural resources sparingly.South Africans are quickly realising the importance of being conscious of our impact and how this affects our daily water consumption. It is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems.There are many ways in which people can change their habits and routines to save water, and most of them aren’t difficult. These include watering your garden in the early mornings or late afternoons when it is cooler, taking a quick shower rather than a bath, and using a cup while brushing your teeth instead of letting the tap run.With on-going education people will start to realise the importance of the state of the environment and how each individual can mitigate climate change through small actions collectively to make a wider positive impact.If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.GREEN BEINGSThis year’s River Rehab is the sixth run by the organisation, which is appealing to members of the public to make it an even bigger success than previously by bringing as many friends, family and colleagues along.It is through the help from valuable stakeholders that the Green Beings NPO has been able to run such initiatives, and it is only through such collaborations that River Rehab’s aims will be achieved.The main focus of previous River Rehabs was removing alien vegetation and planting indigenous trees along the riverbanks. The next event will focus on cleaning up the park and waterway, removing alien vegetation and replacing the old dilapidated fence with an attractive wooden fence.Green Beings hopes to get individuals and businesses to help fund the implementation of this new, more inviting, fence by sponsoring sections of it. If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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South Africa’s role in clean energy discussed at Mining Indaba

first_imgProduction will start at South Africa’s first fuel cell component plant by December, it was announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Fuel cells use platinum, and the country is the world’s leading platinum producer.Production will start at South Africa’s first fuel cell component plant by December 2017. The plant will have a role to play in making clean energy vehicles. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterFuel cell components and using platinum as a catalyst was one of the hot topics at the Investing in African Mining Indaba this week. The annual conference took place from 6-9 February 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.The indaba is dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. It was announced during the conference that production would begin at Africa’s first fuel cell component plant by December.What are fuel cells?Fuel cells are eco-friendly; use hydrogen or hydrogen-rich fuel, such as natural gas, biogas, and methanol, and oxygen; and they reduce harmful emissions.Fuel cells also generate electricity and heat from the electrochemical reaction between hydrogen, platinum and oxygen.The fuel cell component plantAfrica’s first fuel cell component plant using platinum as a catalyst would start production by December this year, Reuters reported.The announcement comes after Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies launched a R15-million feasibility study a year ago. The Isondo Precious Minerals study is to identify particular components that can be manufactured for fuel cell units.It was intended to accelerate mineral beneficiation and localisation of fuel cell manufacturing in South Africa.The fuel cell component plant – a first in Africa – aimed to take advantage of rising demand for clean energy cars, said officials from Isondo Precious Metals.The group has secured a licence from the American company Chemours Technology to gather components for fuel cells using platinum, which has mainly been used in catalysts to clean up car emissions.The new plant will be located in a special economic zone either in Johannesburg or Durban.Fuel cell activity in South Africa:A hydrogen economyThe organisations partnering in fuel cell technology are HySA Catalysis, HySA Systems and HySA Infrastructure. They all fall under HySA (Hydrogen South Africa). HySA was initiated by the Department of Science and Technology, in its research, development and innovation strategy. It was launched in 2008.HySA Catalysis is co-hosted by the University of Cape Town and Mintek; HySA Systems is hosted by the University of the Western Cape; and HySA Infrastructure is hosted by North West University and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.The parent company’s focus areas include the use and displacement of strategic minerals, and ways of harnessing South Africa’s mineral endowments to promote the hydrogen economy and renewable energy use.HyPlat is a spinoff company of HySA Catalysis. “Essentially HyPlat is a success story of HySA Catalysis. The technologies developed by HySA Catalysis have been licensed to HyPlat making HyPlat the commercialisation arm of HySA Catalysis,” said HyPlat’s chief executive officer, Dr. Sharon Blair.“HyPlat sells customised platinum-based fuel cell components in South Africa. These products are sold to foreign customers and exported globally. South Africa has very little fuel cell activity; that’s why most of the customers are companies from abroad.”Structures that use fuel cellsIn the Chamber of Mines building, a 100kW fuel cell produces 70% of the organisation’s electricity. The fuel cell runs on platinum and natural gas.Explaining the use of South African platinum in the fuel cell, Chamber of Mines spokesperson Charmane Russel said: “The platinum used is the catalyst in an electrochemical process. The platinum is a once-off amount that is never used up.“However, after about 10 years, the platinum membrane becomes warped and it is then smelted and reapplied in the same fuel cell,” she said. “The platinum reacts with hydrogen to produce electricity – 35kW of heat and 5l of water per hour as a by-product.”The source of the hydrogen in the chamber’s fuel cell was low pressure natural gas, and it used 420GJ of gas a month, said Russel.Watch South Africa’s first hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station at work at Implats:The fuel cell forklift prototype and its refuelling station had been running since November 2015, said Fahmida Smith, the fuel cell co-ordinator at platinum group metals mining house Impala Platinum (Implats). “It’s operating very well.”South Africa’s first prototype hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station, it is installed at Impala Refining Services in Springs, Gauteng. Over the past three years, Implats has spent R6-million with HySA Systems in developing the prototype. The miner plans to use hydrogen fuel cell technology as its main source of energy for material handling and underground mining equipment.“We are looking at a wider industry collaboration on commercialisation of this. This is a very early stage and we still need to develop a formal commercialisation strategy,” said Smith.The fuel cell forklift was refuelled once a week, she explained. “Where this unit is different from a normal battery forklift is in its availability. A pure battery system can operate between four to six hours pending battery size and load.“It takes at least eight hours to recharge before it can be used again. The fuel cell forklift has a higher availability rate and takes less than 10 minutes to refuel.”Investments in fuel cell vehiclesAnglo American Platinum was investing $4-million (R53.764m) to help reduce the delivered costs of hydrogen, the mining company said on its website. The investment promised to support the development of hydrogen refuelling stations for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the north-east corridor of the United States.FCEVs are powered by hydrogen and have the potential to revolutionise transport. FCEVs are fuelled with pure hydrogen gas stored directly on the vehicle. They will only produce water and heat.Furthermore, the mining house’s investment in United Hydrogen Group, a hydrogen production and distribution business in the United States, was aimed at bolstering the demand for platinum, it said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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