Major shopping mall for Alexandra

first_imgHowever, while the township was well-known for resistance actions like the Alexandra bus boycott, “from today, Alex must be known for development and progress.” It is anchored by a 2 800m² Pick n Pay, the first in Alexandra. Other national retailers have also taken space, providing a quality shopping environment structured along the lines of leading shopping centres in the country, according to the developers. To loud cheers, Zuma said all townships needed to have infrastructure like the Pan Africa Shopping Centre, and basic services like water, roads and electricity. Economic development should not only be the preserve of the former white suburbs, but should spread to previously disadvantaged communities. “One can walk to the township and buy a suit without spending any transport money,” Zuma said. “Parents working at the centre can now spend quality time with their children. Before the opening of the centre, parents only had a chance to see their children during weekends because they had to wake up very early and knock off very late when their children were already asleep.” “Alexandra is home to many leaders of the ANC,” Zuma said. “We can count leaders like Kgalema Motlanthe, Alfred Nzo, Thomas Nkobi and many more who were residents of this township. [It] has given this country expertise and talent.” Zuma said it was apt that such a huge development was built in Alexandra, one of South Africa’s best-known townships, which played a remarkable role in the fight against apartheid. Mall developers Pan Africa Development Company’s CEO Tebogo Mogashoa said the 16 000m² shopping centre was already fully let and more than 1 000 jobs had been created. A few hours earlier, Zuma had been to Soweto, where he had laid a wreath at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and had visited Maponya Mall. “Pan Africa Shopping Centre represents the dreams and aspirations of the Alexandra people,” Mogashoa said. “We developed it for them”. Infrastructure In the south of the city, a similar kind of development had taken place, he said, referring to Maponya Mall in Soweto. Source: City of Johannesburg Opening the shopping centre was an important occasion, he said. “This is a celebration of investment in the city of Johannesburg. But this is not only a celebration of investment, but what we are seeing today is urban renewal and rejuvenation.” The Pan Africa Shopping Centre is located in one of the busiest and most cosmopolitan areas of Alexandra, with a plethora of informal traders and an assortment of shops selling a range of goods from traditional medicine to exclusive boutique clothing. “During the opening of the mall, Richard Maponya said we had taken Sandton and placed it in Soweto. This shopping centre is part of developing our townships and also part of empowering our people.” The centre The shopping centre would be a catalyst for employment in “ekasi” – the slang term for township – and people would be able to shop “right on their doorstep”. “Surely but slowly, we are changing the face of our townships,” he said. The Pan Africa Shopping Centre, a fully integrated shopping mall and taxi facility located in the heart of Alexandra, was officially opened by President Jacob Zuma on Sunday. 27 May 2009 Gone are the days when Alexandra residents had to travel to other parts of the city to do their shopping. A new mall, featuring the country’s major retail chains, has just opened for business in the township to the north of Johannesburg. Falling under the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP), a programme to upgrade infrastructure and living conditions in one of Johannesburg’s oldest townships, the Pan Africa Shopping Centre forms part of a comprehensive retail and taxi node that includes a 50 000m² taxi rank, a three-level holding facility for taxis, public parking and structured informal trading. Besides the Pan Africa Shopping Centre, Zuma said Alexandra boasted some other economic and social developments. Quality schools, houses and infrastructure had been built since the inception of the ARP. Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and several government officials also attended the function, along with thousands of Alex residents who wanted to catch a glimpse of the President.last_img read more

Elvis Costello Reveals Cancer Diagnosis Cancels European Tour Dates

first_img Email Elvis Costello Cancels European Tour Dates elvis-costello-reveals-cancer-diagnosis-cancels-european-tour-dates News Facebook Elvis Costello Reveals Cancer Diagnosis, Cancels European Tour Dates Read more The iconic singer/songwriter will forgo the final six dates of his summer tour to recover from surgeryNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 6, 2018 – 4:39 pm GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Elvis Costello has been forced to cancel the remaining six shows of his ongoing European tour after revealing he was recently diagnosed with cancer.The 63-year-old underwent surgery in May to remove a “small but aggressive cancerous malignancy” before beginning his summer tour. His doctors have urged him to sit out the upcoming dates to recover.“Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto,’” Costello said in a statement. “He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery. I was elated and relieved that our European summer tour could go ahead.”Despite this initial optimism, Costello admitted he had to accept his recovery will take longer than he would have wished and apologized to ticketholders for the cancellations.”Post-surgical guidelines for such surgery, recommend three weeks to four weeks recovery, depending on whether you are returning to a desk job or an occupation that involves physical work or travel,” Costello continued. “It was impossible to judge how this advisory would line up with the demands on a traveling musician, playing 90-minute to two-hour-plus performances on a nightly basis, but by the time we reached the Edinburgh Playhouse, I was almost fooled into thinking that normal service had been resumed.” In the statement, Costello also reminded fans he and his band The Imposter have a “magnificent new record of which we are truly proud” on the way this October. Just last month, he announced the album and a fall North American tour to support it.A full list of scheduled tour dates can be found on Costello’s website, as fans of the songwriting icon from all over the world wish him a full and speedy recovery.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Twitter last_img read more

Wilmington Residents Invited To Free Electric Vehicle Ride Drive Event At RMLD

first_imgREADING, MA — In celebration of National Drive Electric Week (September 8-16), Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD), in partnership with the Town of Danvers Electric Division, invites customers to attend a free Plug-in Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive event on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at RMLD’s offices located at 230 Ash Street, Reading. Attendees are invited to view and test drive (or ride) an assortment of plug-in vehicles from local automobile dealers. Information about charging stations, electric vehicle incentive programs, and rebate programs will also be available. Local electric vehicle owners will also be in attendance to offer insider reviews and commentary.Customers who are unable to make it on Sunday are welcome to attend a Ride and Drive event held by Concord and Belmont on Saturday, September 15thfrom 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Walden Pond in Concord.RMLD’s summer pilot program offers residential customers a $1,500 rebate for the lease or purchase of a new or used Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), and a $1,000 rebate for the lease or purchase of a new Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Plus (PHEV+) with an on-board battery capacity greater than 10 kWh. Customers must take delivery of the vehicle by October 31, 2018 in order to qualify. RMLD also offers a residential rebate of 100% of equipment costs up to $500 for a networked (or “smart”) AC level 2 charging station.Electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits, reduce fuel costs for EV owners, and help keep electric rates low.For more information on RMLD’s electric vehicle program, visit The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”last_img read more

Farnborough International Airshow GoAir AirAsia place orders for 172 Airbus aircraft

first_imgGoAir, India’s budget carrier owned by the Wadia Group, and Malaysia-based low-cost carrier AirAsia have placed orders for 172 aircraft with Airbus as part of their fleet expansion plans. While GoAir has ordered 72 Airbus A320neos, Malaysian air carrier AirAsia is buying 100 A321neos.In a tweet, Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia, said the new order will take the Group’s A320 fleet to 575. The Group’s India arm, AirAsia India, commenced operations in 2014 and currently has a fleet of six aircraft. It has a market share of about 2 percent in India, currently the world’s fastest-growing civil aviation market.AirAsia India is a joint venture with the Tata Group in which the Malaysian Group has a 49 percent stake.The two air carriers are expected to be beneficiaries of the new civil aviation policy announced by the Narendra Modi government recently. It has scrapped the 5/20 rule that was seen as an impediment by many new players from commencing international operations.We’ve just placed an order for 100 A321neo aircraft. This brings the total of A320 family ordered to 575!— AirAsia (@AirAsia) July 12, 2016Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia, said that he is hoping to expand the Group’s India business in the new environment. “We are excited about India. It is a tough market… We are looking to accelerate (in India),” PTI quoted Fernandes as saying at the Farnborough International Airshow.”With the change in rule, now we don’t have to wait for five years and 20 aircraft fleet (to fly overseas),” he added.GoAir, the low-cost carrier owned by the Wadia Group company, placed orders for 72 A320neos at the air show, taking its total oder to 144, of which two have been delivered to the company.”The new A320neo provide us the competitive edge to achieve our growth targets and help us strengthen our presence in the wider region. It also reaffirms Go Air’s commitment to deliver the most modern, comfortable and excellent air travel experience to all customers as well as to strengthen the sustained positive growth and business expansion of the company,” said Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, CEO, GoAir, according to The Hindu.last_img read more

Laurus Labs IPO Shares list at 145 premium over issue price on

first_imgHyderabad-based pharmaceutical firm Laurus Labs on Monday made a strong debut with its shares listing at a premium of more than 14 percent to Rs 490 over its issue price of Rs 428 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).The stock touched an intraday high of Rs 498 per share, up 16.35 percent over the issue price in early morning trade.The healthcare company’s Rs1,332 crore Initial Public Offering (IPO) had seen a sound response from both institutional and retail investors. The public offer, which opened for subscription on December 6-8, was oversubscribed by 4.54 times.While the portion set aside for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) were oversubscribed 10.54 times, the quota for high networth individuals (HNIs) was oversubscribed by 3.58 times. The retail investors’ participation was also encouraging with the portion witnessing bids worth 1.61 times.According to the company, it would utilise the net proceeds from the IPO for pre-payment of loans, apart from using them for general corporate purposes.Laurus Labs manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for antiretrovirals and Hepatitis C. It had posted a total revenue of Rs 1,791.4 crore during the last financial year, up 31.65 percent over the same period of previous fiscal. Its net profit stood at Rs 132.7 crore in 2015-16, 94 percent rise over the same period a year ago. The company’s operating margin had also improved to 21.2 percent in FY16 against 17.2 percent reported in the previous fiscal.The pharma firm has three manufacturing units in Visakhapatnam and two of them were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).last_img read more

Myanmar apparently pursues policy of forced starvation in Rakhine

first_imgSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee (R) gives her report next to the president of the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar Marzuki Darusman, during the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12 March 2018. ReutersA UN investigator said on Monday that Myanmar had launched new military offensives in Kachin and Kayin states and appears to be pursuing a policy of starvation in Rakhine state to force out the remaining Muslim Rohingya population.“While preparing this statement, I received information about the military conducting new ground offensives last week using heavy artillery in the Tanai gold and amber mining area of Kachin,” UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.“Additionally, there appears to be a policy of forced starvation in place, designed to make life in northern Rakhine unsustainable for Rohingya who remain.”last_img read more

WATCH A Discussion on Texas Healthcare System

first_imgGary Polland and guest host Dallas Jones lead a discussion on the Texas Healthcare System. They are joined by guests Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health; and David Balat, Director of Right on Healthcare, Texas Public Policy Foundation, as they analyze the state’s current healthcare systems and its impact on Texas residents. Original Air Date: April 19, 2019 Watch more episodes of Red, White and Blue.  Sharelast_img