26 April 2013Energy firm Total South Africa will invest R140-million over two years to upgrade its blending plant and expand the capacity of its fuel depot at Durban’s Island View Terminal facility, it announced on Wednesday.The investment follows the signing of a 15-year lease with Transnet National Port Authority.“We see this as a major vote of confidence in South Africa, as well as in other countries in southern Africa, as some of the additional lubricants we will be blending will be exported to Southern African Development Community countries, which we see as a growth market for our lubricants,” Total South Africa’s CEO, Christian des Closieres, said in a statement.Work on the plants is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.“Our roots in South Africa go back to the mid-1950s and we are committed to growing our business in South Africa and southern Africa through sustainably growing our infrastructure and distribution channels in the fuels and lubricants markets,” said Des Closieres.The blending facility upgrade will cost approximately R50-million and focus on modernising filling lines, an on-site laboratory and improving health and safety features and quality control measures.Expansion of the fuel storage depot will cost about R90-million and will allow 26% of fuel to be stored on-site.It is expected that the expansion will lead to an improved integration into national infrastructure such as the New Multi Product Pipeline.“We view this big investment in South Africa as further evidence of the successful partnership we have with our local shareholders in South Africa,” he said. “It also demonstrates our ongoing emphasis on health and safety quality control and catering for future growth.”Total South Africa’s local shareholders are black empowerment investment holding firm Tosaco and Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Remgro Ltd.It is the first subsidiary of an international petroleum company to comply with the ownership criteria of the Liquid Fuels Charter.SAinfo reporter
3 March 2014South Africa’s number one tennis player Kevin Anderson narrowly missed out on capturing the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico on Sunday, going down 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 to Grigor Dimitrov in an entertaining singles final. Anderson then went one better when he captured the doubles crown with South African-born Australian Matthew Ebden.Having reached the final in the Delray Beach Open a week earlier, Anderson became the first South African to reach consecutive ATP World Tour finals since Wayne Ferreira won titles in Ostrava and Lyon in October 1995.In a very tightly contested final, Anderson broke Dimitrov twice to the Bulgarian’s one break, but Dimitrov was better in the two tie-breakers, which helped him to victory in a shade under three hours.Anderson had the title in his grasp, serving at 4-3 in the final set, but Dimitrov managed to break back before sending the contest into the deciding tie-breaker.Doubles winThe South African star was left bitterly disappointed after seeing victory slip through his fingers, but he didn’t allow that to keep him down as he and Ebden teamed up to defeat Feliciano Lopez and Max Mirnyi 6-3, 6-3 in the doubles final.Nonetheless, two finals berths and a doubles title in his first two tournaments under coach Neville Godwin is a very satisfying return for Anderson, who moved up to a career high number 18 in the latest ATP World Tour rankings after his recent exploits.‘It was a great week’“It was a great week, reaching the finals of both [events],” Anderson said after the doubles final. “It was a really close singles final. I played well and had my chances. Just a couple of points and it could have gone the other way.“It feels good to go out there and win the doubles title with Matt. We had a lot of fun all week.“We had some really close matches. He played really well and I was able to turn it around and actually feel quite good. All in all, it was a great week.”‘I really owe it to him’“It was the first time for us playing together,” Ebden said. “I’ve known Kevin since we were kids. We grew up playing junior tennis together. I was just really thankful that he was able to play through the doubles and the singles. It’s a massive effort by him. I really owe it to him.”It was Anderson’s first ever ATP World Tour doubles title after two runner-up efforts in Washington and San Jose, while it was Ebden’s fourth doubles crown.First ATP 500 finalThe Abierto Mexicano Telcel final was also Anderson’s first final in an ATP 500 event. Both his previous titles were won in ATP 250 tournaments: the Johannesburg Open in 2011 and the Delray Beach Open in 2012.On his way to the final, Anderson, the fifth-seed, saw off France’s Stephane Robert in the first round, winning 6-2, 7-6. He then got by big serving Sam Querrey 7-6, 6-4 before seeing off defending champion David Ferrer, who retired from the quarterfinals having won the first set 6-2, but down 2-4 in the second.In the semi-finals, Anderson outlasted Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.Fourth-seed Dimitrov, meanwhile, accounted for Marinko Matosevic, Marcos Baghdatis, Ernest Gulbis and top-seed Andy Murray on his way to the title-decider.
With thousands of documentaries being produced every year, getting theatrical distribution can seem like a pipe dream. But for those willing to take the right steps, a theatrical release may very well be in the cards for you.Top Image: The Wolfpack via Magnolia PicturesThere’s certainly no guarantee of ever having your film released in theaters — no matter how strong it may be. But there are a number of ways that you can drastically improve your odds of getting distribution, some of which come into play before you even shoot your first frame.Having worked on a number of documentaries (two of which have gone to theaters), I’ve certainly picked up some tricks of the trade. Below are a few of the most critical takeaways that should be considered when producing or directing your next documentary:1. Concept Is EverythingJiro Dreams of Sushi via Magnolia PicturesIt goes without saying that your concept is the number one determinant of whether or not your documentary will ever see the light of day. The most beautifully produced documentary which tells a story that is of little interest to the general public will be next to impossible to sell. Conversely, a poorly produced documentary that is “high concept” will sell much more easily. That’s certainly not to suggest that you ever skimp on production quality, but rather to illustrate the point that your subject matter will ultimately determine your films fate above all else.Documentaries that tell the story of a single person with cultural significance (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) are among the most universally well received. Docs that deal with political subject matter, and especially those that have an investigative nature to them (Citizenfour), are also extremely popular.2. Attach the Right ProducerI’ve been a part of several documentaries that didn’t have an attached producer (the director was working double duty) and two that had a dedicated producer. The latter two are the ones that got theatrical distribution. While you may believe you have the capacity to produce and direct your own doc, I would argue that you probably don’t — at least, not when it comes to the distribution phase.Unless you’re in a very unique position, you likely don’t have the contacts or resources to facilitate a deal on your own. Attaching the right producer will go a very long way in ensuring your film actually gets seen by an audience. By the same token, never rush into an agreement with any producer. Make sure you’re collaborating with someone that truly believes in your vision, and also understands how to navigate the various film markets, sales agents, and distribution companies to get you the best deal.3. Plan and Schedule WiselyImage from ShutterstockEven with a great producer on board and a fantastic concept to work with, you’ll always be fighting against the clock when creating an original documentary. I’ve witnessed quite a few documentary filmmakers completely lose momentum with their films as a result of poor planning — and in the end, many of their films weren’t even completed.Unlike narrative films, which need to adhere to a rigid schedule (to accommodate cast and crew), some documentary productions can get away without adhering to a concrete timeline… but that doesn’t mean that simply working off the cuff is the best way to go.In an ideal world, you should be treating your documentary much in the same way as a narrative film. Create strict deadlines for production and post-production, even if they’re self imposed. You’ll thank yourself later when the film is actually completed and delivered on time. Your producer and investors will be even happier.4. Content Always Trumps QualityCitizenfour via HBO FilmsIn a best case scenario, you’re able to create a documentary that’s extremely rich in content and also shot and produced with a very high level of quality. Unfortunately, when reality sets in, shooting a documentary often comes with compromises. There are times when you may need to decide between capturing more (or better) content or less content that’s of a higher aesthetic quality. When faced with this type of decision, always choose content. One of the documentaries referenced above (Citizenfour) was somewhat poorly shot, albeit out of necessity, but the subject matter was so fantastic that it won an Oscar. On the other side of the spectrum, there are beautifully produced documentary films that are shot on a RED or ALEXA that have very little to say and ultimately don’t find an audience.Again, in an ideal scenario, you’ll find a way to capture the best of both worlds. But if equipment, crew, or any other factors are going to prevent you from telling the story you want to tell, always find another way — even if it means sacrificing quality.Got any tips for documentary filmmakers? Share them in the comments below.
The Enforcement Directorate has summoned another son-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Rahul Yadav, in connection with its money laundering probe against his MP daughter Misa Bharti and others. In what comes as fresh trouble for the Lalu Prasad family, the agency has allegedly detected some funds being transferred by Rahul Yadav to his mother-in-law Rabri Devi, the wife of Lalu Prasad. Agency sources said Rahul Yadav, husband of Lalu Prasad’s fourth daughter Ragini, has now been issued summons to depose before the investigating officer of the case later this week and explain this transfer of about ₹1 crore. The agency has already questioned Shailesh Kumar, Lalu Prasad’s other son-in-law and husband of his daughter Misa Bharti, in this case many times in the past. The case pertains to alleged money laundering of funds by a firm — Ms Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd — and is said to be linked to Misa and Shailesh. The ED is probing the case under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
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zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license UK’s fund management company Tufton Oceanic Assets Limited has raised USD 31 million from an earlier announced share placement.The company decided to raise the funds in order to capitalise on “an attractive pipeline” of secondhand vessels.Application has been made in respect of 30.69 million ordinary shares to be admitted to trading on the specialist fund segment of the main market of the London Stock Exchange plc. The new shares were priced at USD 1.01.Following admission, the company will have 255,337,638 ordinary shares in issue.“The company’s investments will be diversified across the core shipping segments in line with where the investment manager identifies attractive opportunities with the intention of the portfolio benefiting from a mix of strong cash yield and moderate capital gain potential,” Tufton Oceanic earlier said.The investment manager anticipates that the continuing focus of investment will be on the tanker, containership and general cargo segments with opportunistic investments in the bulker segment. The portfolio will continue an emphasis on medium to long term time and bareboat charters strategies.