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TOUGH ASSIGNMENT

8th June 2012 Members of the media and employees of the Tokyo Electric Power Corporation, wearing protective suits and masks, during a site visit in late May to the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. They are pictured here looking at the No 4 reactor building at the stricken facility in Okuma, in the... 

SPACE SAFARI

1st June 2012 South Africans have laid some claim to to the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the US, on May 22. The reason? Internet billionaire Elon Musk, who was born in Pretoria, in 1971, and matriculated at Pretoria Boys High School, leads the company. He left the country... 

MENDING FENCES

25th May 2012 New French President Francois Hollande with German Chancellor Angel Merkel, during last week’s Franco-German summit at the German Chancellory in Berlin, Germany. Hollande, who attacked the Merkel-backed austerity plan during his election campaign, said he wanted to “work together with all the... 

NEW DIRECTION

18th May 2012 Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy with newly elected President Francois Hollande. During the campaign, Hollande outlined various policies that he felt would help reignite European growth. These included increasing the role of the European Investment Bank and the European Union budget to... 

AUSTERITY SHELTER SEEKERS

11th May 2012 Anti-austerity protests were the order of the day on May 1, with demonstrations held across Europe. Pictured here are protestors sheltering from the rain beneath ‘No’ banners during a demonstration on May Day in Madrid, Spain. Spain is the crucial front in Europe's battle to contain its economic... 

HONOURABLE RETIREMENT

4th May 2012 The space shuttle Discovery rides atop a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 747 transport jet as it arrives at Dulles International Airport in Virginia April 17, 2012. Before landing, NASA wowed Washingtonians with a 45-minute flyover. Discovery, which blasted into space 39... 

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

27th April 2012 Former US General Services Administration (GSA) administrator Martha Johnson at a hearing in Washington, DC, earlier this month. Johnson resigned on April 2 following an inspector general’s report into a Las Vegas conference hosted by the GSA for its employees during 2010. The five-day event cost... 

RE-ENGINEERED MEMORIES

20th April 2012 On Tuesday April 10, 2012, 100 years to the minute after the ill-fated Titanic departed for its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, a recording of the ship’s whistle broke a minute’s silence at the dockside. People gathered to remembered the liner, as well as the some 1 500 passengers and... 

HISTORIC VICTORY

13th April 2012 Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves to supporters as she leaves the office of her National League for Democracy in Yangon. Earlier this month, the political dissident and Nobel Peace Prize recipient won a seat in parliament after an historic by-election that is testing the... 

LONG NUCLEAR SHADOWS

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2012 Members of media in silhouette as they await for global leaders to arrive for a photograph at the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, at the end of March. Speaking at the summit, US President Barack Obama said there were "still too many bad actors" in the world trying to get... 

TRANS-SHIPMENT HUB

30th March 2012 State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet plans to boost the yearly container-handling capacity of the Port of Ngqura from the prevailing 500 000 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), to two-million TEUs by 2019. At the official opening the harbour, President Jacob Zuma argued... 

REAL-ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTOR

23rd March 2012 Many South Africans were deeply saddened to learn of Tony Twine’s sudden passing on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Despite his blindness, the 57-year-old Econometrix economist never shied away from delivering visually stimulating PowerPoint presentations. He delved deeply into South Africa’s real... 

PAINFUL REFLECTIONS

16th March 2012 Kazushige Hayashi walks through puddles of water at the site of where his house stood before the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture, of Japan. This photograph was taken ahead of the anniversary of the terrible event, which left 15 845 dead, 3 368 of... 

MARKET IMPONDERABLES

9th March 2012 Despite ongoing concern about the state of the global economy, financial markets performed remarkably well in February. The New York Stock Exchange, pictured above, saw its index rising to a near four-year high, while Japan's Nikkei topped the key 9 800 level and logged its best February... 

LOOKING UP

2nd March 2012 BMW South Africa MD Bodo Donauer at a function held last month to announce that the luxury car manufacturer would almost double output at its Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria, to more than 90 000 units a year, which would also lead to the creation of an additional 600 jobs. 

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF

24th February 2012 Buildings in the city centre of Athens in the foreground, with the Parthenon atop Acropolis hill in the background, as clouds gather overhead. Sadly, the economic clouds have also not lifted. But German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said earlier this month that the European Union is now... 

FREEZING ENTRY

17th February 2012 A no-entry road sign covered with hoarfrost on a roadside near the village of Sliznevo, Russia, where the air temperature dropped to below -30 °C in late January and early February. The prolonged cold spell in Europe has cut off towns, disrupted air travel, pushed up energy bills and led to the... 

SIGNING THE PLEDGE

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2012 Congress of South African Trade Unions general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi signing Corruption Watch’s anti-graft pledge during the recent high-profile launch of the organisation, which took place at the Women’s Gaol, at Constitution Hill, in Johannesburg. Other prominent South Africans who signed... 

STATE OF DISUNION

3rd February 2012 In his ‘State of the Union’ address to a joint session of Congress last week US President Barack Obama vowed to “fight obstruction with action” in dealing with a divided Congress, as he runs for re-election with the economy still struggling to recover. Reflecting the mood, this photograph shows... 

TURNING THE VALVE

27th January 2012 Transnet CEO Brian Molefe, left, and the State-owned freight logistics group’s chairperson, Mafika Mkwanazi, opening a valve at Jameson Park, south of Johannesburg, to allow the first diesel fuel to flow through the new multiproduct pipeline, from Durban to Gauteng. The R23-billion pipeline will... 

RE-ENGINEERING RAIL

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2012 Transnet CEO Brian Molefe and Transnet Rail Engineering (TRE) CE Richard Vallihu on board a Class 43-000 type General Electric (GE) C30-ACi diesel-electric locomotive, which was built at TRE’s Koedoespoort facility, north of Pretoria. TRE, which has already produced 28 units locally, will... 

PAST & FUTURE

By: Terence Creamer     16th December 2011 The ‘Living Beehive’, which is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties 17 legacy project, was officially unveiled at the Durban Botanical Gardens in late November. Nine-metres high and 17 m in diameter, the structure aims to showcase South Africa’s ability to... 

PUBLIC OUTRAGE

9th December 2011 Demonstrators carry banners as they march during last week’s one-day public-sector workers strike in London, the UK. Members of 30 public-sector unions walked out in a dispute over pensions with Prime Minister David Cameron's government, closing more than half the schools as more than 1 000... 

SOLAR HQ

By: Terence Creamer     2nd December 2011 Over the past few months, coal-heavy power utility Eskom has been rolling out three solar photovoltaic solutions for internal consumption. Two of these systems have been installed alongside its Kendal and Lethabo power stations. There third, which is pictured above, is being deployed at the... 

MAN WITH A PLAN

25th November 2011 Minister in The Presidency Responsible of the national planning Commission Trevor Manuel speaks at the released of the inaugural National Development Plan. The 430-page document was handed over the President Jacob Zuma at a function held at the Presidential Guesthouse, in Pretoria, on November... 

ROAD TO RUIN

18th November 2011 ROAD TO RUIN: A European Union flag flies at the foot of the Acropolis hill near the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The troubles in that country led its Prime Minister, George Papandreou, to initiate moves to make way for a coalition government. However, the focus then shifted firmly towards... 

PAPANDREOU PULL-BACK

11th November 2011 Greece's prime minister George Papandreou speaking to members of Parliament in Athens last week. Papandreou reached out to the opposition about setting up a transitional government, indicating an accord would secure aid and remove the need for a referendum on euro membership.  

BETTER TEMPO

4th November 2011 The weekly performance of Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) on the coal export line to Richards Bay increased to a record 1.6-million tons in September, or an annualise rate of 72-million tons, which had led the private terminal operator to begin stockpiling material, Transnet CEO Brian Molefe reported... 

DARK TIMES

28th October 2011 Black banners hang from balconies near a Greek flag at the occupied offices of the Interior Ministry during recent demonstrations against austerity cuts in central Athens, Greece. The debt-ridden country shut for two days last week as unions protested Prime Minister George Papandreou's efforts to... 

RENEWABLES PUSH

21st October 2011 A worker guides the hub and blades for a 1.5 MW wind turbine being hoisted by crane at International Power Canada’s Plateau Wind Farm east of Dundalk, Ontario, Canada. The North American country expects to install a record amount of wind-power capacity this year. South African wind developers,... 

PRAYING FOR . . .

14th October 2011 The outrageous prevarication by the South African government over the Dalai Lama’s visa application is not only embarrassing, but it is also disturbing. It palpably demonstrates that our relationship with China is on an extremely weak and uneven footing. We are able to disagree with the US on... 

READY FOR SERVICE

7th October 2011 A Boeing 787 Dreamliner for All Nippon Airways (ANA) lands at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. The landing ended more than three years of delays for ANA, the initial operator of the aircraft. The Dreamliner has been described as the world's most advanced jetliner... 

NEW ERA

30th September 2011 A cropped photo of a United Nations (UN) security guard carrying the new flag of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) ahead of a meeting of the Libya Contact Group during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York last week. US President Barack Obama said America would reopen its embassy... 

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

23rd September 2011 A construction worker on the new Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, in the US. The photograph was taken after President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass a jobs plan that would inject $447-billion into the economy through infrastructure spending, subsidies to local governments to stem... 

ENERGY LIFELINE?

16th September 2011 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with OAO Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller at the opening ceremony of the new Nord Stream pipeline near Vyborg, Russia, on September 6. Gazprom starting pumping natural gas into a $10-billion subsea pipeline from Russia to Germany, bypassing Ukraine, where disputes... 

LOOKING BACK

9th September 2011 Leading South African mining personality Nicky Oppenheimer at the recent launch of ‘Prospecting in Africa’, a book edited by Mike de Wit, Bob Liddle and Eddie Kostlin. It records the experiences and adventures of some of the early De Beers explorers looking for kimberlites in Africa prior to... 

FOOD WORRIES

2nd September 2011 There is ongoing global concern about prospects for food prices. But these worries are particularly acute in Africa, where it is estimate that up to 12-million people are at risk of starvation, owing to the prevailing Horn of Africa famine. Pictured, is a farmworker inspecting wheatears before... 

STEELING FOR NEXT BOOM

26th August 2011 The retail sector may be going through a very soft patch, but that has not prevented Liberty Properties from steeling for the next boom. In fact, the R1.7-billion, 143 690 m2 phase one Sandton City’s redevelopment project is nearing completion and is said to be on track for its official opening... 

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