Modular oil refinery for Guyana should be explored – economist

first_img-says Guyana could earn less than 10% going through middlemenWhen one considers what Guyana will actually get from its oil agreement, it calls for serious discussions on constructing an oil refinery. This is the view of Economist Sasenarine Singh.Economist Sasenarine SinghSingh was at the time speaking during a local content interactive discussion, hosted at the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. The economist noted that in the years when Guyana’s net profit will be impacted by cost oil, a refinery could boost Guyana’s earnings and the economy as a whole.“In the initial contract, 75 per cent is the cap for covering first oil. So the 25 per cent is cut in half, 12.5 per cent. But that 12.5 is not dollars. Its barrels of oil, 12.5 per cent of production is yours. What’s Guyana going to do with raw crude oil? We don’t have the competence in handling it,” Singh said.“So we now have to sell back that crude oil to these operators. They [can] charge us demurrage, they’ll charge us for transportation, they’ll charge us marketing, they’ll charge us handling and all the other things that go with it. When they finish charging all these fees, Guyana will not get that 12.5 per cent profit oil. We’ll actually get less than 10 per cent.”It has often been cited that the cost of building a refinery is too prohibitive. However, Singh noted that building the refinery should not be a cost shouldered by the Government, but rather through a public-private partnership.“I know it’s an expensive venture. But I’m not saying use taxpayers’ money. I’m saying go out to people who’ve done this, go out to reliance industry in India, who’ve built many refineries and say, guys, we have a proposition for you. Here’s the land, we’re going to [invest] some money, but you come and do it. But with one caveat.”“All the gasoline you produce, you selling to GuyOil. Because it’s not a big one. We’re talking about a 40,000 barrel per day modular refinery. Let GuyOil buy everything. If they have to sell it to Suriname, they can do what they have to do,” Singh explained.The Government had previously hired a consultant, Pedro Haas, to carry out a feasibility study into constructing an oil refinery. The results of the study did not favour building a refinery, particularly one with a capacity to produce over 100,000 barrels per day.In his study, Haas had looked at the cost of building an oil refinery with a capacity of producing more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day. The study had come up with a US$5 billion price tag in order to construct the refinery in Guyana.The findings of a study had also recommended that the unit at the Finance Ministry should be equipped and its capacity boosted enough to understand the microeconomics of the petroleum industry. This is so that the unit can keep up to date with the daily calculations of market prices and feed into the global market.The expert had also suggested that as an alternative to the establishment of an oil refinery, the Government could pursue maximising income from commercialising crude oil. This included the suggestion that the Government could swap crude oil for products on the global market or create joint ventures with offshore refineries, as well as acquire stock in refining companies.However, the study was done at a time when ExxonMobil was the only operator in Guyana’s waters to find oil in commercial quantities. Members of the Private Sector have previously urged that construction of a refinery be re-explored when more operators find oil.last_img read more

A skatepark for Eathan

first_imgPhoto: Eathan Giesbrecht passed away in a car accident in July 2008. His mom is now trying to collect enough funds to start a new skatepark in Fort St. John -Courtesy of Facebook.By Christine Rumleskie Photo: Eathan Giesbrecht performs a trick at the skatepark in Fort St. John – Courtesy of Facebook. While many skaters get a bad rep, Soychuk says they are dedicated athletes who treat each other with respect and dignity while honing their skills.Soychuk has been researching similar parks in the Peace Region, and says the project could cost upwards of $300,000 – and that’s not including the cost of land.Last week, Soychuk set up a Facebook group dedicated to generating support for the idea. Almost 1,400 people have joined the group, and are already voicing their plans for the new skate park.Soychuk says her son would be impressed.Advertisement [asset|aid=2850|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bdc076cdee6c580d790b5070ec920f77-Melody 1_1_Pub.mp3] Soychuk is now trying to start a non-profit society, in order to issue tax-receipts for larger monetary donations. Once that’s started, Soychuk says she will be out in full force campaigning and presenting her ideas to City officials.For now, monetary donations are being accepted at Systems by Trail, Dark Flavour, Ferris Fast Cycles and Griffin Sports. Donations can also be made at the North Peace Credit Union, Account number: 624254 BRO 1, and it’s called, “In Trust for Eathan Giesbrecht.”If anyone has a piece of land they would like to donate to the cause, they can contact Melody Soychuk at 250-787-7764.Click here to visit the Facebook page, called “Eathan Giesbrecht Memorial Skate Park Fort St. John.”Advertisement – Advertisement -Eathan Giesbrecht only had $1,000 in his bank account when he passed away in a tragic car accident two years ago.But now, that small sum could become the seed for a new concrete playground for young people in Fort St. John.After the 15 year-old died, his mom, Melody Soychuk, put Eathan’s money into a trust fund, dedicated to what he loved most – skateboarding.The fund is now growing, and Soychuk is working on a plan to build a brand new skatepark in memory of her son. She says the current park is just too small for the number of boarders and bikers in the City.[asset|aid=2849|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bdc076cdee6c580d790b5070ec920f77-Melody 2_2_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Ex-Arsenal star Adams named English rugby league president

first_imgThe 52-year-old will replace current Rugby Football League (RFL) president Andy Burnham, a politician for the centre-left Labour party and the mayor of Manchester, in the middle of next year.“Tony Adams is known and respected throughout sport and beyond, not only for his outstanding playing career with Arsenal, but more recently for his pioneering work with Sporting Chance,” RFL chairman Brian Barwick said.“The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players since the RFL entered into an official partnership with Sporting Chance in 2011, and Tony himself delivered seminars at Wigan and Hull earlier this year.“The game has recognised the importance of mental health, for players and everyone else involved, and Tony’s election is another significant step in that regard.”Adams, who made more than 500 appearances for Arsenal and won 66 caps for England, founded the Sporting Chance clinic in 2000 following his own experiences with alcohol and drug addiction.Since the end of his playing career, Adams has had spells as manager of Wycombe, Portsmouth, Gabala and Granada.“It will be an honour to become the next president of the RFL,” said Adams, who won four English top-flight titles with Arsenal.“I’m passionate about working with everyone in the sport to raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in Rugby League.“I’d like to play my part in championing this brilliant sport on the national stage.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Despite his roots in football, former Arsenal star Tony Adams (pictured December 2011) has close links with rugby league through his Sporting Chance charity © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 12 – Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams has been named the new president of English rugby league’s governing body, it announced on Wednesday.Despite his roots in football, Adams has close links with rugby league through his Sporting Chance charity.last_img read more

Man United want both Bastian Schweinsteiger AND Morgan Schneiderlin, talkSPORT told

first_imgManchester United are still interesting in signing Morgan Schneiderlin – despite their interest in Bastian Schweinsteiger, according to Guardian journalist Jamie Jackson.The Red Devils have been linked with a £6million move for the Bayern Munich midfielder and Germany captain, with some reports claiming the move will be completed in the coming days.Louis van Gaal has seen a £20million bid for Southampton star Schneiderlin turned down, with some believing the Dutchman will drop his interest in the France star should he land Schweinsteiger.But Jackson claims the Old Trafford chief is keen on BOTH players.“If Manchester United do get Bastian Schweinsteiger, they will still be in for Morgan Schneiderlin,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show.“If you add those two players in the midfield, suddenly the Manchester United midfield, which has been a bugbear for fans in recent years, looks pretty solid and would be teeming with quality.”Get the latest on Manchester United’s move for Sergio Ramos by click here…last_img read more

THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON PRAISES TEAM AS CELTIC GO TOP

first_imgHAPPY: NEIL LENNONTHE HOOPS are back on top of the SPL tonight after beating Motherwell 2-0 away – and it could easily have been many more.And boss Neil Lennon is hoping the manner of Celtic’s display will give his side a boost ahead of the Champions League clash away to Spartak Moscow next week.“They will go into that game after that full of confidence now,” said Neil after a game which saw Hooper net on 32 minutes and a Cummins og double the lead three minutes later. Celtic had numerous other chances including a penalty which Scott Brown missed, his second spot kick miss in a row.“Psychologically, it’s important. It’s six games in with a game in hand,” said Lennon.“It was important we went top of the league today. People will be looking up at us now and that is important for the team and the club.”He admitted Brown won’t take the next spot kick; but he was keen to focus on the many many positives. “We were brilliant from start to finish,” said Lennon.“It should have been a lot more, but I’m delighted at the way we played.“We defended well and, certainly, some of our attacking play was excellent.“We could have made the game a lot more comfortable, but it was one-way traffic more or less.“Once we adjusted to their system a wee bit, we were superb. “Our front three, their movement, the midfield three were great and I have to say I was very impressed with the back four.”Lennon was full of praise for full-back Emilio Izaguirre as well as stirkers Georgios Samaras and Miku and midfielder Joe Ledley.“Izaguirre, that’s the best I’ve seen him this season and he couldn’t have timed it any better really,” added the manager.“It was great to see Samaras back and looking in full flow and Miku and Joe got a good run out, so they are all in good touch. “I think we are through unscathed. Miku came off with a bit of cramp, but he should be okay.“The only worry for us is young Adam Matthews, who rolled his ankle yesterday and we’ll see how he is in the next couple of days.”THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON PRAISES TEAM AS CELTIC GO TOP was last modified: September 29th, 2012 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON PRAISES TEAM AS CELTIC GO TOPlast_img read more

Missing MRI sidelines Crespi football star, top recruit Fua

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “The ankle is a little swollen,” Ross said. “The problem is we need to find out if he’s got a broken bone, because two doctors looked at the X-rays and said they were ‘negative/inconclusive.’ We’ve got some people that want to go ahead and just pay for the MRI, but that’s not what Sione’s mom wants to do. She wants to go through their insurance.” Ross said Crespi (2-2) is a different team without Fua, who’s been replaced on offense by junior Matt Scioscia (son of Angels manager Mike Scioscia) and on defense by sophomore Chris Miller and junior Morgan Burch. “I don’t like to make excuses, but not having Sione has really been hurting us,” Ross said. “If we would have had Fua in that loss to St. Bonaventure (of Ventura) last week, I think it might have been a different game.” Harvard-Westlake of Studio City basketball player Alex Stepheson, on Monday began an official visit to UCLA. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior forward has visited Connecticut, Georgia Tech and North Carolina, and is scheduled to visit Washington next weekend, although that trip might be canceled after the Huskies received an oral commitment from Seattle Prep center Spencer Hawes. Torrance center Deon Thompson is expected to visit UCLA next weekend. He has visited Gonzaga, Connecticut and North Carolina and plans to visit Kentucky. UCLA likely will use only one more scholarship in its 2006 class. Crespi High of Encino’s Sione Fua, one of the nation’s top football recruits, remains sidelined with an ankle injury and can’t be cleared until he undergoes an MRI. The Celts hope he’ll do so in time for Friday night’s showdown at Canyon of Canyon Country. Insurance hassles have prevented Fua from having an MRI after X-rays were inconclusive, first-year Crespi coach Jeremiah Ross said. USC’s Amanda Fink, the 2004 Daily News Girls’ Tennis Player of the Year, won three singles and doubles matches last weekend during the prequalifying portion of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships at UCLA. Fink, who led Calabasas High to the Southern Section Div. I title last season, and fellow Calabasas product Celia Durkin of Stanford are competing in the 64-player qualifying event, which began Monday at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades. The main draw will be played Thursday through Sunday. Fink teamed with San Marino graduate Luana Magnani to reach the qualifying draw in doubles. Durkin and former Granada Hills standout Jessica Nguyen also are in the doubles draw. Canyon product Nini Loucks scored her first collegiate goal as USC’s women’s soccer team beat Loyola Marymount 3-0 Friday. Loucks, part of the Trojans’ nationally top-ranked freshman class, has three assists. Erik Boal, Brian Dohn and Scott French contributed. Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “As of right now, we’re still waiting,” Ross said. “Dealing with insurance companies is hard. It’s a problem.” Fua, a 6-foot-2, 300-pounder with just 10 percent body fat, has been offered a scholarship by seven Pacific-10 Conference schools, Tennessee, LSU, Boston College, Maryland and others. He has missed one game but is walking better and has been upgraded to questionable – providing an MRI shows nothing serious. last_img read more

Victim of beating called transvestite prostitute

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – A 50-year-old man who was living in his mother’s home in a quiet middle-class neighborhood killed a transvestite prostitute earlier this week with a garden hoe after bringing him back to the house, police said Tuesday. John Freeman of Northridge had been arrested Sunday on suspicion of murder. Police said his mother was out of town when he picked up the 31-year-old transvestite prostitute Sunday morning and brought him to the house in the 19000 block of Kingsbury Street. The victim, who had prior arrests on suspicion of prostitution, wore women’s clothing to Freeman’s house but was naked at the time of the beating, homicide Detective Terry Kaiser of the Los Angeles Police Department said. An argument began inside the house and then spilled into the back yard, where Freeman attacked the victim with his fists, feet and a hoe, police said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s unknown what occurred inside the house,” Kaiser said. “The victim wound up in the back yard, naked and distraught.” Neighbors reported the assault to police at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. When officers responded, Freeman was still in the back yard and kicking the victim, Kaiser said. The victim was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he died, officials said. His name was not released pending notification of his family. “At this time, we don’t have any evidence of a hate crime,” Kaiser said. “We don’t believe hate was the motivation. It seems like there was already a relationship between them.” On Tuesday along Kingsbury, where well-tended homes perch above the street, neighbors expressed shock. Some said they arrived home after church or errands Sunday and saw Freeman outside, dressed in pajamas and wearing handcuffs, while rescue workers administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the victim. “He was your average, friendly person,” one neighbor said. “It’s very upsetting. He comes from an upstanding family.” Freeman had been seen working around his mother’s home, stringing lights for the holidays and tending to other chores. “At first I thought of his mother and wondered if something happened to her,” said another neighbor, who pulled into her driveway Sunday and saw dozens of police cruisers surrounding Freeman’s home. “Then we all thought it was a breaking-and-entering situation.” A neighbor who had overheard the confrontation between Freeman and the victim said he had felt frightened. “This is the kind of neighborhood where, except for the wind, there’s never any noise,” he said. “If we see one firetruck, we all wonder what happened.” The responding officers said the victim appeared to have small breasts, although police are not sure whether they were surgically implanted or produced using hormones. While police aren’t certain of the motive, they don’t believe Freeman had suddenly discovered that the prostitute was a man. Kaiser said Freeman and the victim had a casual relationship in the past, and police believe Freeman knew the victim had male anatomy. Staff Writer Susan Abram contributed to this story. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 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

Jarla’s timely Christmas reminder to us all

first_imgLetterkenny cartoonist Jarla is never one to hold back with his opinions.With this timely offering, he reminds us that there is more to Christmas than ripping wrapping paper off presents and eating as much as we can.Spare a thought for those whose home this Christmas in Ireland will be old newspapers, a sleeping bag and a dry corner in an alleyway. Jarla’s timely Christmas reminder to us all was last modified: December 23rd, 2017 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

Piketty’s contribution to unpacking inequality: timely and relevant

first_imgRenowned French economist Thomas Piketty will deliver the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. What lessons can he offer South Africa? Watch him speak during the live broadcast on 3 October on SABC 2 from 3pm to 4.30pm. There will also be a live stream on the Nelson Mandela Foundation YouTube account and website. Rock star economist Thomas Piketty will be in South Africa to deliver the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 3 October. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) • Thomas Piketty to deliver Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture  • What South Africa can learn from Piketty about addressing inequality? • Ethical buying power: Coffee, chocolate and Fairtrade • Top 50 Brands in South Africa named  • Almost half of African millionaires make South Africa their home Vishnu Padayachee, professor and Derek Schrier and Cecily Cameron Chair in Development Economics, School of Economics and Business Sciences, University of the WitwatersrandVishnu Padayachee, University of the WitwatersrandNot many economists with something approaching a rock star status visit South Africa. So the visit by French political economist Thomas Piketty, author of the bestselling Capital in the Twenty-first Century, appears to be eagerly awaited by academics, especially those broadly on the left, and by many South Africans.In 1976, Milton Friedman, then the rising rock star economist of the anti-Keynesian right wing in the US and Europe, made a visit to South Africa. He was wined and dined by the President Nico Diederichs and Finance Minister Owen Horwood. He and his economist wife Rose met with leading South African businessmen, political leaders and the South African Reserve Bank governor, among others.Friedman’s message to South Africa was both political and economic. He was mightily impressed by what he described as:The unbelievably sophisticated economy you have developed at the tip of Africa, thousands of miles away from any similar civilisation.Friedman urged the West to support South Africa and Rhodesia as bastions against Soviet penetration.Two nights before the couple left, then-South African Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Gerhard de Kock remarked:Friedman’s visit will have at least a ten-year impact on South Africa’s economic thinking.De Kock was right. What followed were major changes in monetary policy, including those recommended by the De Kock Commission on Monetary Policy.I am not sure whether Piketty will have a similar impact on economic thinking in South Africa today. I do predict, though, that ministers and former ministers will be bounding up the stairs to join him on his many platforms around the country. I would not be surprised if they expressed their total support for his analysis and his ideas.Some, without the slightest sense of irony, may well make a case that they were and are the true champions of the struggle against poverty, inequality and unemployment in democratic South Africa. This despite the fact that they arrogantly relegated left, social democratic options such as the Freedom Charter and the Reconstruction and Development Programme to the dustbin of history.Instead, in 1996 they opted for the neoliberal Growth, Employment and Redistribution Strategy, a macroeconomic policy. So a rewriting of the recent economic history of South Africa may well be one outcome of the Piketty visit.Piketty’s demolition of what went beforeTo date, data from the relatively short post-second world war period up until the end of the 20th century has been read mostly in sympathy with a neo-classical interpretation. In this period the hypothesis behind the Kuznets Curve was the dominant thinking about development and income inequality. This argues that inequality first increases in the early stages of development, reaches a maximum at an intermediate level of income, and then declines as the country achieves a high level of per capita income.Into this picture steps Piketty. With his 300-year-old datasets he demolishes the Kuznets hypothesis. He shows instead that the turn away from inequality over time and in the course of development and global integration is not assured. And, he argues, intervention in the market mechanism is required to arrest and reverse the increasing share of income that capital relentlessly claims over time.Piketty shows that it was the interventions between 1914 and 1945 that arrested the trend towards greater and greater inequality. These included taxation policies in the 1920s and 1930s which were less favourable to the owners of capital.He shows that patrimonial capital is the largest contingent of total capital. Central to understanding capitalists’ drive to accumulate is increasing economies of scale. Whereas Karl Marx focused on the increasing economies of scale of industry, Piketty shows how the same benefits of scale apply to investment performance of capital.Despite some reservations about his analysis and his policy prescriptions I believe that Piketty does convey an important and timely message. He combines a grasp of western economic history and an analysis of long run historical data to point to the nature, form and variety that western capitalism has assumed over an extended time. Sharply widening inequalities of income and wealth between rich and poor is the most blatant.Piketty does indeed have something to say to the beneficiaries of this variety of capitalism who praise and parrot this model and its values. This includes the corporates and the ever-richer elites and to many in aspirant and new middle classes in countries including South Africa and India.So, what are Piketty’s answers?Piketty is right to point to the need for a robust debate about the kind of state – a social state, he calls it – that is required at the beginning of the 21st century to regulate a rampant inegalitarian capitalism. New institutions and instruments are needed to regain control over globalised financial capitalism, and “to achieve a just social order”. But when it comes to specifics, Piketty’s economic policy prescriptions are not very convincing.In my view, they do not take progressive macroeconomic policy much further. If anything it sets back thinking in this crucial policy arena, both at national and global level. His policy response to the crisis he correctly analyses, as Chris Gregory notes, is constructed:… in the narrowest apolitical, mathematical tradition of 20th century mainstream economics.An international tax on capital is not likely to be implementable under current national or regional political models. Action is more likely to originate at a national, not international level. In my view this would include a serious relook at old and new forms of control over currency, capital mobility and banking regulation.Piketty has little to say about all this, apart from noting (on the basis of China’s admittedly opaque and unstable system of capital regulation) that:… capital controls are one way of regulating and containing the dynamics of wealth inequality.But how would this work in more democratic, transparent and liberal regimes than the China of today?By way of contrast, and much more practically, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has teamed up with others to push for US national economic policy options aimed at curbing the flow of economic gains to the wealthiest and most powerful. Those he has teamed up with include New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and US Senator Elizabeth Warren.Their argument is based on the premise that “equality and economic performance are complementary rather than opposing forces”. On the agenda are policies such as increased taxes on the wealthy to fund education, affordable housing and job-creating infrastructure, as well as minimum wages and benefits for the poor.These issues, and a few others, are of relevance to South Africa today. The others would include an appropriate form and shape of a “social state”, tax policy, a national minimum wage, and capital controls to curb the billions of dollars leaving South Africa legally and illegally. Perhaps Piketty can be persuaded to share his views on these matters.Vishnu Padayachee, Distinguished Professor and Derek Schrier and Cecily Cameron Chair in Development Economics, School of Economics and Business Sciences, University of the WitwatersrandThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

IEC targets 2-million new voters for 2014

first_img7 November 2013 South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has set a target of securing two-million new registrations by the time the voters’ roll closes before next year’s general elections. “Through its registration drive, the IEC hopes to increase registrations to 80% of the voting-age population, in line with levels of previous elections, which would require an additional two million voters to register,” IEC chairperson Advocate Pansy Tlakula told SAnews on Wednesday.Voter registration readiness Tlakula said everything is ready for eligible voters at the IEC’s 22 263 registration stations, which will operate between 8am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. All registration materials have been delivered to eight metropolitan councils and 226 local municipal councils, and will be delivered over the next two days to the registration stations for the opening on Saturday morning, she added. The voting districts represent an almost 7% increase over the 20 859 districts in place for the 2011 local government election. The growth reflects an expansion of voting districts in predominantly rural areas, to reduce the distance required for voters to travel to voting stations. The increases are 15% in the Free State, 10% in Limpopo and 9% each in the North West and KwaZulu-Natal.Registering to vote The Department of Home Affairs has agreed to open its branches on Saturday and Sunday, to coincide with the registration station hours for the collection of ID books, smartcard IDs or temporary identity certificates. Tlakula said a total of 45 795 election officials will be standing by to register new voters, and to verify the registration details of existing voters. To register, eligible voters need to be in possession of a green bar-coded ID book, or a temporary ID certificate, or the new smart card ID. Encouraging students to take time out to vote, Tlakula said: “Our voter registration process is very quick, and I’m sure that even those young people who are preparing for their exams can take a few minutes to visit our registration stations in their respective areas, in order to register for next year’s general elections”. “Almost 30 000 zip-zap [automatic scanner] machines have undergone testing and battery checks to ensure they are ready for the weekend,” she said. “The machines will be in an optimal functional condition as a result of these testing procedures they have undergone.”Registration stations Registration stations are located at a wide variety of premises which are leased by the Electoral Commission for registration weekends and voting days. These include schools (65%), community and civic halls (10%), places of worship (7%) and other community venues. Approximately 7% will use temporary facilities including tents and other temporary structures. There will also be 30 mobile registration stations, which will be used in rural areas. Currently the Free State has the higher percentage of voter registration at 80%, followed by the Eastern Cape (79.6%), Northern Cape (77.6%), Limpopo (77.0%), KwaZulu-Natal (75.0%) and North West (73.5%). The provinces with the lowest registration percentages are Mpumalanga (70.3%), Western Cape (70.3%) and Gauteng (69.2%). Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more