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Upington to export wine to Malaysia

first_img21 June 2004An Upington, Northern Cape wine company, Oranjerivier Wine Cellars, on Thursday signed an import and export agreement with the Malaysian Eswira Resources company to export 150 000 litres of wine to Malaysia.The company is one of the biggest wine cellars in South Africa, with a record harvest of 184 361 tons for 2004.“This is a boost for the region and its people and the South African economy. This is an example of how to market South Africa in the future,” said chief executive Herman Cruywagen, adding that the agreement will lead to tourism opportunities between the two countries.Zainul Hawani Ahmad of the Malaysian High Commission said the trade and investment partnership between the two countries was the cornerstone of their bilateral relationship with South Africa.“South Africa is our most important trade and investment partner, and I hope this agreement will afford a golden opportunity for Malaysians to further develop bilateral networking directly with the Northern Cape,” she said.Northern Cape MEC for Economic Affairs and Tourism, Pakes Dikgetsi said the agreement entitled Upington farmers to act as ambassadors of the province.“This deal will broaden the horizons of our farmers to access the international market,” he said.“It will also develop the economic empowerment of the marginalised section of the Northern Cape,” he added.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ambassador for possibility, Kgadi Mmanakana

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Super-Sized PV Installations

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CM, Goyal to lay foundation of rail coach factory at Latur

first_imgChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will lay the foundation stone of the proposed Rail Coach Factory at Latur on Saturday. The decision to set up the factory was taken in January and it is expected to cost ₹500 crore. An Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project was signed in February during the Magnetic Maharashtra Summit between the ministry and the state government. The factory is being built on 153 hectares. The State has offered several concessions for the project. The Rail Coach Factory will manufacture EMU coaches as well as Metro coaches. During the Summit Mr. Goyal had said that the eventual plan was to create a large industrial complex of around 2,000 acres and turn Latur into a manufacturing hub for Metro coaches. The coach factory has been planned to meet the demand for Metro coaches, especially in Maharashtra.The project, which is expected to provide employment to 30,000 people in the region, will in the first phase manufacture 250 coaches annually, increasing it to 400 in Phase 2.last_img read more

Phoenix Pulse, Columbian set sights on playoff berth

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