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شركة المجوهرات بلاك، ستار أند فروست تبيع ماسة الأرشيدوق جوزيف في قاعة مزادات كريستي بجنيف بمبلغ قياسي بلغ 18.8 مليون دولار

جنيف، 14 تشرين الثاني / نوفمبر، 2012 / بي آر نيوزواير / ایشیانیت باکستان — كانت ليلة صنع فيها التاريخ في دار المزادات العلنية كريستي حين بيعت واحدة من أكثر الماسات التاريخية شهرة في العالم، ماسة الأرشيدوق جوزيف بمبلغ 18.8  مليون دولار. وقد كانت ماسة الأرشيدوق جوزيف، وهي الماسة المذهلة المستخرجة من مناجم الغولكوندا من عيار 76،02 قيراط وذات اللون دي، التي لا تشوبها شائبة في تركيبتها الداخلية، مسك الختام في مزاد دارة كريستي للمجوهرات الرائعة، الذي عقد في فندق فور سيزونز بدو بورغيه في جنيف.

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وقال ألفريدو جي مولينا، رئيس شركة بلاك، ستار أند فروست، Black, Starr & Frost “تعتبر ماسة الأرشيدوق جوزيف أرقى وأكبر ماسة غولكوندا أبدا تعرض في مزاد علني، ماسة تتمتع بنسب نبيل وأصول ملكية، وهي ماسة “تناسب ذوق الملكات فعلا. كان لي شرف أن أكون الوصي والمدافع عن هذه الماسة على مدى السنوات الـ 13 الماضية، ولكن الآن حان الوقت لماسة الأرشيدوق جوزيف أن تواصل رحلتها الخالدة. “

ماسة الأرشيدوق جوزيف، وهي واحدة من أكبر الماسات المستخرجة من مناجم الغولكوندا الأسطورية في الهند، حيث تم اكتشاف الماسة قبل حوالي 3,000 سنة، تماثل من حيث الأصل والحجم الماسات التي ترصع التاج البريطاني. وقد اكتسبت ماسة الأرشيدوق جوزيف Archduke Joseph Diamond  اسمها من صاحبها الأخير المعروف واللامع الصيت، الأرشيدوق جوزيف، أمير هابسبورغ، وهو الذي كان ينتمي إلى الفرع المجري من السلالة الملكية الأوروبية النبيلة.

وقالت مؤرخة المجوهرات فيفيان بيكر، “لقد كان رائعا أن نرى استجابة حميمة للجمال الروحي لماسة الأرشيدوق جوزيف.  وحقيقة أن هذه الماسة تأتي من مجموعة شركة بلاك، ستار أند فروست، وهي واحدة من أكثر الأسماء المتميزة في عالم المجوهرات في القرنين التاسع عشر والعشرين، يعود بالقصة دورة الكاملة. فشركة بلاك، ستار أند فروست، وهي أقدم محلات المجوهرات الأميركية، يتم تنشيطها اليوم تحت إشراف ألفريدو مولينا، تقوم بإحضار الماس المهم، فضلا عن التصميم الديناميكي، لهواة جمع الماسات الأميركيين الأكثر رقيا اليوم.”

نبذة عن ماسة الأرشيدوق جوزيف وشركة بلاك، ستار أند فروست
لقد مثل بيع ماسة الأرشيدوق جوزيف علامة بارزة، ليس فقط في تاريخ المزادات العلنية ولكن أيضا في القصة الرائعة لتاريخ شركة بلاك، ستار أند فروست نفسها. تأسست شركة بلاك، ستار أند فروست في عام 1810 باسم “جواهري أميركا الأول،” وهي لديها تراث غني في تجارة واقتناء الماس، وسمعة في صنع روائع المجوهرات الأمريكية. ففي العام 1928، باعت الماسة البرتغالية من عيار 127,01 قيراط، بمبلغ 373,000 دولار، لنجمة فودفيل الشهيرة بيغي جويس هوبكنز. وقد اعتبرت على نطاق واسع على أنها النموذج للوريلي لي العاشقة للماس في “الرجال المحترمون يفضلون الشقراوات”.

وتهتم شركة بلاك، ستار أند فروست بتلبية متطلبات ذوق النخبة في المجتمع الأميركي، على مدى فترة الازدهار من منتصف إلى أواخر القرن التاسع عشر من عصر أميركا الذهبي المتألق. وكان من بين زبائنها عائلات روكفلر، فاندربلتس، كارنيغي وغوغنهايم.

وقد تم الاستحواذ على الشركة في عام 2006 من قبل مجموعة مولينا، برئاسة السيد مولينا. وهو يهدف إلى إعادة إحياء اسم شركة بلاك، ستار أند فروست، وسمعتها في اقتناء المجوهرات التي تتميز بالتصميم الراقي ومن أفضل نوعية، واعادة هذه الشركة التاريخية إلى مركزها في قمة الفخامة الأميركية.

لمزيد من المعلومات يرجى الاتصال: شركة بلاك، ستار أند فروست، على العنوان التالي:  Black, Starr & Frost, 341 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 أو على رقم الهاتف التالي: 949-673-1771، أو على موقع الشركة على الإنترنت التالي www.blackstarrandfrost.com

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Minister Gugile Nkwinti launches the Conservation Agricultural Technology Programme

_: The honourable Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti cordially invite you to a historical launch of the Conservation Agricultural Technology programme and handover tons of agricultural equipment including tractors, boomsprayers, ploughs, Jojo tanks and more to Umsinga Co-operatives.

The Departmental key programme, dubbed the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP), through which consolidated delivery occurs is targeting Ward 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 of Umsinga Local Municipality. In these wards large tracks, over 100km,of lands have been fenced, water reservoirs built, households electrified through the CRDP programme.

Hope for disabled as Sheltered Employment Factories (SEF) are to undergo major facelift to revive its business

_: After years of trials and tribulations, the Sheltered Employment Factories (SEF), an entity of the Department of Labour (DoL) is to undergo a corporate identity change, open two new factories and create a further thousands of jobs following its unveiling of a new turnaround strategy designed to stabilise the business operations.

SEF chief executive officer, Silumko Nondwangu said in terms of the name change SEF will soon be officially known as Protected Employment Enterprises (PEE). He said as part of the ‘metamorphosis’ – two new factories are to be opened – in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, a process that would ensure a national coverage of SEF business.

“The existing factories employ just 1 100 people and have a potential to hire 3 000 people. We want to elevate the Protected Employment Enterprises into first choice employer for people with disabilities.

“The next two year will be about stabilising the business operations of SEF by ensuring well administered and effectively run institutions. We want to achieve this by putting in place a coherent strategy in regard to securing long-term contracts from various government departments and marketing the business,” Nondwangu said.

SEF was established in 1949 as a government intervention posts the Second World War to alleviate the plight of people with disabilities in the labour market. SEF operate as a non-profit organisation.

The SEF has 12 factories across South Africa operating in seven provinces. The factories are located in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom and Pretoria. Collectively they employ some 1 100 people with disabilities, supported by 120 administrative, management and technical staff.

The factories have the manufacturing capability that produces furniture; textiles; metal work; leather work; canvas work; book binding; and screen printing. Its products combine the positive aspects of price competitiveness and quality that is compliant with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). SEF currently have 0.00459% market share in South Africa’s multi-billion rand manufacturing sector and plan to grow their mark.

According to Nondwangu a business analysis of SEF has showed that the factories have a potential for growth, employment of disabled people and that they needed to be conferred a legal status.

The primary purpose of the SEF is the economic empowerment of people with disabilities. There are more than 2.5 million people with disabilities in South Africa of with some 10% to 15% requiring an environment such as the Sheltered Employment Factories provide.

“Faced with this situation society and government in particular has a responsibility to ensure that disabled are bestowed dignity and enabled to participate in productive employment.

“Given the business and sales orders, we can deliver the goods and in so doing make a significant difference to the lives of these deserving people,” he said.

Nondwangu said: “after years of uncertainty, the expected passing of the Public Employment Services (PES) bill which is currently in Parliament would ensure SEF officially secure a legal status. This will ensure that we adhere to better-practice corporate governance principles of separating oversight and management”.

An independent advisory team is to be put in place and will advise on issues related to effectively dealing with disability in the context of the SEF.

Currently, SEF operates on a budget of more than R40 million from the DoL, and was looking at further injections. The factories face challenges regarding their future financial sustainability. During financial year 2011/12, it posted a R11.9 million loss.

Nondwangu said: “transformation in the SEF has also been a major challenge spanning over decades of what we have defined as ‘pure neglect’ of these entities. With the factories losing their Preferential Procurement Status post-1994, these factories could not proceed to absorb employees to meet their EE targets and as result a change in gender and racial demographics has proceeded at a snail pace for these reasons.

“We have in the past relied reaching our employment equity targets through natural attrition, and this meant a very slow transformation process. To this extent, we have undertaken major transformation at managerial level by ensuring that all senior posts reflect our demographics. Going forward our strategy involves improving sales and revenue in the organisation so that we could increase employment opportunities, this will go a long way in assisting us to implement our employment equity plan”.

The overall SEF staff profile is 60% White, 22% Coloured, 17% African and 1% Asian of which 72% is male and 28% is female.

Nondwangu is under no illusion of the mammoth task that lie ahead. He said he was inspired that SEF had recently obtained its first unqualified report in years, a sign of a change in its fortunes, and was now on top of issues raised by the Auditor General in regard to the control environment.

According to Nondwangu, as part of the broader marketing effort, SEF was also planning to recruit business development managers who will reside at factories to help ramp up sales.

Previously SEFs had preferential supplier status which was revoked in 1999, and this has impacted on their revenue and resulted in their reliance on increased levels of DoL funding.

Nondwangu said some of the departments that have over the years supported SEF by procuring goods and services include: Justice, SAPS, the Compensation Fund, Unemployment Fund, Water, Council of Geosciences, Health and Education.

“The next phase of our strategy is to secure long-term contracts to ensure survival of business,” Nondwangu said he was also encouraged by the support from the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour; and the Select Committee on Labour and Public Enterprises which wants to see the SEF reaching apex point.

Press release on Ukuthwala investigation in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)

_: The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) will host a dialogue on the findings of ukuthwala. The purpose of the dialogue is to table findings on the investigation, share concerns and shortcomings, instances of best practice by some departments, and present its recommendations.

Premier Thandi Modise applauds awards and calls for more effort for quality water

The Blue Drop Status that Rustenburg, Matlosana and Tlokwe Local Municipalities have achieved this year should challenge other municipalities across the North West Province to improve the quality of their drinking water, risk management, operations and asset management of their water services, North West Premier Thandi Modise said on Tuesday.

“We wish to single out Tlokwe Local municipality for living up to its motto as “The City of Expertise”. The prestigious status that the municipality was awarded together with Ekurhuleni, City of Johannesburg, Mogale City and Ethekwini as the top 5 highest scoring municipalities in the country has made us proud and set the standard for other municipalities across the country to emulate,” stressed Premier Modise.

Modise said that her administration is impressed that most Water Services Authorities(WSA’s) have showed improvement in their 2012 Blue Drop results compared to 2011. The average Provincial Blue Status score increased from 62, 25% in 2011 to 78, 7% this year. A total of 82% of WSA scored over 50% as compared to 55% in the previous assessment.

Tlokwe was awarded a platinum status as it has retained its blue drop status for the fourth successive year since 2009.

Meanwhile, Premier Modise has noted efforts by the Department of Water Affairs to work closely with Tswaing, Ramotshere Moiloa and Ratlou Local Municipalities to bring water quality in the respective municipalities up to standard.

Communities in Delareyville, Sannieshof, Dinokana, Lehurutshe, Motswedi,Gopane Kraaipan, Madibogo, Madibogopan have been informed not to drink the tap water without improving the quality first by either boiling or using other methods of purification.