He said no suspect has been arrested, and police are still investigating leads. Rodriguez said the shooters were aiming for the victim’s older brother. Both were standing outside their residence when the drive-by shooting occured. “At this point, the shooting appears to be gang-related,” police wrote in a statement. “Information about possible suspects and/or the vehicle used is not being released at this time as it might jeopardize our ongoing investigation.” Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Montebello Police Department at (323) 887-1313. MONTEBELLO A 12-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen while taking out the trash Monday night, police said. The boy, apparently an unintended target, whose name was withheld, was shot at about 10:20 p.m. in the 500 block of Walnut Avenue, said Montebello police Sgt. Dave Rodriguez. He is expected to survive. “He has already undergone surgery and is in stable condition,” Rodriguez said Tuesday morning. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Africans are old hands at growingsorghum. Apart from using it for beer, it’soften a staple in many households, whereit is used for porridge, baking bread, andon farms for animal fodder.Tamara O’ReillyA five-year project by two European brewing giants to help farmers in Africa to grow and harvest sorghum in quantities needed to produce beer commercially has proven to be more successful than anticipated.Dutch brewer Heineken and British drinks group Diaego, who make beer and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the continent, teamed up with the Brussels-based European Cooperative for Rural Development (Eucord) in 2006 to empower farmers in Sierra Leone and Ghana to produce high-quality sorghum for use in their and other breweries.According to their website, Eucord is a Brussels based non-profit organisation whose mission is to improve the livelihood of poor people in developing countries by linking them to the market place for ideas, information, technology, goods and services.Before the project began the breweries would import barley (the grain traditionally and widely used to make beer) to their plants in Africa to make beer, but rising transport costs demanded they find cheaper alternatives that would also be readily available. Although barley is one of the world’s most common grains, it is not widely grown in Africa, growing best in countries with cooler climates such as Russia and Canada.Since sorghum is the most common substitute ingredient to barley, Africa’s warm climate is conducive to growing the grain and breweries say clients can’t tell the difference between the two finished products, the parties involved combined social investment with business savvy and began this project.According to an article published in Business Day on 27 February, Heineken and Diaego were apprehensive at first about relying on local farmers for a constant supply of the grain but with the right implements and training provided to them, the farmers have proven to be reliable suppliers. Eucord trained the farmers in cultivation methods that helped to yield large crops of good quality sorghum and arranged access to finance so that farmers could buy seeds and the fertilisers that are needed.In just over a year, the 1 000 Ghanaian farmers involved exceeded the expected output by 100 tons – producing 800 tons of usable grain, while Sierra Leone who produced just 40 tons despite double the number of farmers also pleasantly surprised the projects mangers. Next year Sierra Leone is expected to triple that amount.According to Eucord, the total cost of this project is estimated at US$2.9-million, half of which is granted by the Common Fund for Commodity, a branch of the United Nations.Africans are old hands at growing the grain. Apart from using it for beer, it’s often a staple in many poor households where it is used for porridge and baking bread, and on farms for animal fodder.Sorghum-brewed beer is becoming popular in other parts of the world. Last year American brewery Anheuser-Busch began widely selling this type of beer there, and for some smaller beer makers like Lakefront Brewery also in the US, their sorghum beer is their bestselling product.Useful linksEucordUnited NationsHeineken South African Breweries
Bill Harrop’s balloon safari company in the Magaliesberg area is well-establishedand reputable. The exit from the Old Fort, with the inscription “Eendracht maakt macht”or “Unity is strength”.The visitors’ centre at Maropeng, in theCardle of Humankind, is shaped like a tumulus or burial mound.The Gauteng Tourism Authority makesits mark on the central courtyard of theNanhua Buddhist temple. (Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rami NhlapoJT Communications+27 11 788 7631/2 RELATED ARTICLES • Tourism to cash in on 2010 boom • Tourism Month kicks off in SA • Rocking in the Cradle • SA unearths new human ancestor• SA tops for business travelJanine ErasmusBuilding on the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Gauteng Tourism Authority launched a new campaign in late September to promote domestic tourism in the province.The event coincided with the country’s Tourism Month, which this year focused on a variety of local destinations – one of which is Limpopo province, with its wealth of cultural and natural attractions, including the world-famous Kruger National Park.“The platform is there,” said Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Firoz Cachalia at the campaign’s launch. “Tourism shouldn’t be completely dependent on international tourism, so we want to encourage our residents to enjoy their amazing place.”Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane agreed, saying that many Gautengers have a limited knowledge of their own province. “We may not have access to a beach, but everything else is here in Gauteng. However, thus far we haven’t been able to sell this jewel to the locals.”Mokonyane added that tourism should also teach people about their heritage. “It’s all here in Gauteng – we have lions, Mrs Ples, Constitution Hill, Maropeng, Soweto. But to fully take advantage of these treasures we must integrate public transport.”The provincial government is currently revamping the public transport system, with a new bus rapid transit system and high speed rail service under construction – but for carless people to be able to reach these scenic spots, more must be done.Another important aspect of a heightened tourism industry is job creation, while entrepreneurs such as B&B owners will also benefit. The provincial government has plans to construct an extensive database of tourism operators and B&B owners, and link these to established facilities, so that visitors can put together a package to suit their pocket.“People can grow their businesses by targeting local tourists,” said Cachalia. “You don’t have to depend on international visitors. With better domestic tourism, people will develop better products for the local market, and by extension, the international market.”A more lively domestic tourism sector will lead to sustainable international tourism, said Mokonyane. “A country that doesn’t promote domestic tourism can’t expect other tourists to come, because the locals won’t know where to take them.”The Gauteng Tourism Authority has a training programme for tourist guides, said chairperson Khehla Mthembu, and also registers them on the website as qualified and approved by the organisation.The new campaign, called The Amazing Place, is not only aimed at Gauteng residents – it will run nationally as well.Domestic investmentAccording to the Department of Tourism, some R70-million (US$10-million) was spent since 2004 to promote South Africa’s diversity of destinations. This sum encompasses a range of media genres, including outdoor, TV, print and radio advertising, as well as specific events.According to figures available from South African Tourism, South Africans made some 30.3-millon domestic trips during 2009, whether for holiday, business, medical, religious, or other purposes.Overall, most travellers came from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, with 29% and 25% of the total number of trips respectively. KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape were the most popular destinations. Of the holiday travellers, most came from Gauteng and were headed for the Western Cape.The local travellers spent a total of R22.4-billion ($3.2-billion) on their trips, with an average of 4.2 nights per trip.The figures also show that of all the provinces, Gauteng residents are the ones who most prefer to travel to other provinces – just 32% of them travel intra-provincially. This means that the Amazing Place campaign has come at the right time.Race around the provinceAn important element of the Amazing Place campaign is an exciting TV show, based on the popular Amazing Race programme which keeps millions of viewers around the world glued to their screens.The Gauteng Tourism Authority was supported in this initiative by local radio station Kaya FM and Chevrolet, who supplied the cars.“After the World Cup we are stepping up the action with this unique race that highlights Gauteng’s tourism routes both to outsiders and residents within the province,” said Mokonyane.Filming took place at the end of September and saw eight plucky contestants in four teams making a 48-hour dash around the province, chasing clues and hoping to be the first across the finish line. Along the way they experienced some unusual sights and sounds, and were treated to the best the province has to offer, as well as the diversity of its culture.The series, which will comprise at least four episodes, is scheduled to air at the beginning of November on DStv bouquet channels and the SABC. It will be presented by Kaya FM’s Bob Mabena.Teams were made up of local celebrities. They were Department of Economic Development communications manager Uyanda Mbuli with singer, songwriter and record label owner Phinda Matlala; recording artist Selaelo Selota with model Cwaita Mtose; house music vocalist Lelethu Nkulu with Kaya FM afternoon show host George Monetsi; and Jam Alley host Thato Mahlatsi with up-and-coming musician Malik.The race started in the now-defunct women’s prison in the Old Fort at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. First a fort and then a notorious prison, the site has undergone a remarkable reversal of purpose and is now the seat of the highest court in the land. The women’s prison was added 15 years after the original fort was built in 1892.On the first day the contestants visited the 94ha Rondebult Bird Sanctuary in Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg, the Vaalnest Boutique Hotel on the banks of the Vaal Dam in the tiny town of Vaal Marina in south Gauteng, and the ever-popular Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, which was also the pit stop for the day’s proceedings.On day two they set off for the nearby Magaliesberg Mountains and a lofty appointment with Bill Harrop, who runs a popular hot-air balloon safari company, before heading north for Freedom Park in Pretoria and a glimpse of the country’s heritage. The park is a monument to democracy and features a Wall of Remembrance, inscribed with the names of those who fell during the struggle for freedom.The race ended at the magnificent Nanhua Buddhist temple, the largest Buddhist seminary and temple in Africa. This breathtaking facility is situated in Bronkhorstspruit, about 90km from Johannesburg’s city centre.It is hoped that the concept will be rolled out to other provinces and cities around the country.