Joburg’s Rissik Street Post Office revamp

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first_img22 April 2016Destroyed in a fire in November 2009, Joburg’s historic Rissik Street Post Office is being restored to its previous glory. The iconic building is one of the city’s heritage sites.“The Rissik Street Post Office building was severely vandalised and damaged by fire, therefore a significant danger exists of further deterioration of this heritage structure,” Helen Botes, the chief executive of Joburg Property Company (JPC), told The Star newspaper.“The frontage has always been Rissik Street but we want to have a more exciting and contemporary-style entrance,” Botes added.It was currently being partially renovated to ensure the structural integrity of the building and to enable interim use while funding was being sought for comprehensive restoration. “Long-term plans include the full restoration of the building and the securing of a long-term public use agreement.” Helen Botes, chief executive of JPC says they want a more contemporary entrance for the Rissik Street post office, currently being refurbished. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission, Brand South Africa)The renovation is estimated to cost R147-million and begins with the excavations for the columns. There’ll also be a structural active scan which includes radar scanning, exposures for the bases and repairs to the core extraction, and the procurement of the required steel, which has been fabricated in line with the designs.The post office’s main hall and north wing will be refurbished for flexible use, while the rest is being finalised. The area will also be made safe and cordoned off to ensure the public cannot enter the building.Long-term, the plan includes a complete heritage restoration, completed in line with heritage guidelines, regulations and public meetings provided by the Gauteng Provincial Heritage Resources Authority.Built in 1897, at one stage the Rissik Street Post Office was Joburg’s tallest building at 102 metres. “It operated until it was vacated by the South African Post Office in 1996. Characterised by its bold mix of architectural styles, the building was proclaimed a national monument in 1978.”Joburgers tweeted their delight at seeing signs of refurbishment:The Rissik Street Post Office Revamp announced! Finally some action!— JHF (@JoburgHeritage) March 3, 2016Great to see a start has been made. Rissik Street Post Office. pic.twitter.com/KoNJeYXy5a— wilsongail (@wilsongail60) February 20, 2016Source: City of Joburglast_img read more



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first_imgBJP Rajasthan unit president Madan Lal Saini died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Monday after a brief illness. He was shifted from Jaipur to Delhi on Saturday for treatment of blood-related ailment in Haematology Department after being diagnosed with infection in lungs.Mr. Saini, also a Rajya Sabha MP, was 75. He was appointed the BJP State chief in June last year, after the party remained headless for about three months following the resignation of Ashok Parnami. Mr. Saini had emerged as a “consensus candidate” after differences emerged over the selection of certain other leaders.He was shifted to the intensive care unit in AIIMS when his condition deteriorated. He breathed his last on Monday evening, the party sources said here.A large number of BJP workers, led by former BJP State president Arun Chaturvedi, gathered at the party’s State headquarters here and paid tributes to the departed leader. Mr. Saini was active in politics for several decades after joining the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1952.He was elected an MLA from Gudha in Jhunjhunu district in 1990 and had later unsuccessfully fought the Lok Sabha election twice from Jhunjhunu in 1991 and 1998. He was elected a Rajya Sabha member from the State in March 2018.According to the party sources, Mr. Saini’s body will be brought here on Tuesday morning and taken for cremation in his native village, Patan, in Sikar district in the afternoon.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief over Mr. Saini’s death and said he was “shocked and saddened” to hear about his passing away. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Mr. Saini’s death was a “major loss for the BJP family.”last_img read more


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first_imgAssam Civil Service officer Hitesh Dev Sarma has been appointed as the new State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He has replaced Prateek Hajela, an IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre who ensured publication of the final version of register on August 31 under supervision of the Supreme Court.Mr. Hajela was transferred to his home State Madhya Pradesh by the Supreme Court on October 18. He will relinquish charge as the NRC State Coordinator on November 11.Inter-cadre deputation Following the apex court’s order, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has already approved the proposal of the Department of Personnel and Training for inter-cadre deputation of Mr. Hajela from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre to Madhya Pradesh cadre for three years, official sources said. The Assam government had also written to the DoPT stating that it did not have any objection to the transfer.NRC experience Until his new assignment, Mr. Sarma was the Secretary of the Urban Development and Finance departments. He had also handled the NRC exercise during its initial stages five years ago.Mr. Sarma has his task cut out as those who have been excluded from the NRC have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals. If not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunals, they will have the option to move the High Court and the Supreme Court for redress.The updated final NRC, which validates bona fide Indian citizens of Assam, left out over 1.9 million applicants.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


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first_imgIndia were always playing the catching up game after they lost the top-three in 3.1 overs in the 240-run chase against New Zealand, felt former captain Sachin Tendulkar after the Blackcaps beat the Men in Blue by 18 runs to reach their second successive World Cup final.Chasing a modest total on a tricky pitch at the Old Trafford cricket ground, India lost the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul inside the first four overs with all three batsmen scoring 1 run each.This was a killer blow for a team which has relied heavily on its top-three throughout the World Cup and all credit for that goes to the opening spells of Matt Henry and Trent Boult.Henry got rid of Rohit and Rahul while Boult rocked India with the wicket of captain Kohli, who is the greatest chaser in the history of one-day cricket as his record suggests.Losing the top-three meant India had to first rebuild and then look to go after the target which Rishabh Pant (32), Hardik Pandya (32), Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) did but their efforts were still not enough as the two-time champions got shot out for 221 in 49.3 overs.”There were high percentage of dot balls, we had to do that because we kept losing wickets. We kept playing that catching up game, we were never ahead of them. That happened because we didn’t have wickets in hand,” Tendulkar told India Today.’It can be just 2 or 3 players doing the job all the time’advertisementBut this wasn’t the first time India’s middle-order got exposed after the top-three’s dismissals. It happened in the league matches against Afghanistan and England. While they managed to scrape through against Afghanistan thanks to their bowling performance, India’s only loss in the league stage came against England despite Rohit scoring a hundred while the middle-order failed to fire.This over reliance on the top-three was India’s Achilles heel right throughout the tournament and it finally gave way against New Zealand in the knockout game. Tendulkar also felt that the middle-order batsmen were just too dependent on the openers and Kohli which ultimately led to their downfall.”The team relied so much on his performance throughout, Virat also. But I feel the rest should have chipped in more. It cannot be just 2 or 3 players doing the job for you all the time,” Tendulkar said.India’s bowlers though, were consistent right throughout the tournament, barring the game against England in which they conceded 337 runs. But the rest of the games saw the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami cause most of the damage with the spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja – also chipped in whenever required.”We cannot be so critical with one failure. We cannot forget that we won 7 out of 8 games. I’m not for it. Yes all the teams have bad games, England also lost. They lost to Sri Lanka. We can’t be harsh on our team, it is a disappointing day but it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressureAlso Read | India went to World Cup 2019 without ironing out their flaws: Questions Ravi Shastri must answerAlso Read | Virat Kohli reacts to reporter’s question on MS Dhoni retirement speculationAlso See:last_img read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Oct 2015 – Private property owners and private residents are a big part of the problem of mosquito infestation – some deliberately and others inadvertently – these views are being expressed in social media strings and by some politicians. Vociferous residents have chimed in on the popular Speak Your Mind TCI to say that ‘nastiness’ is to blame for some of the inundation of mosquitoes; these residents say there are just too many people prepared to throw garbage along the roadways and that is a known haven for mosquito breeding. In a media statement, another challenge brought to light may not be so irresponsible according to former PDM leader and current PDA Leader, Oswald Skippings. Skippings called the PNP Administration insensitive. “…some of the owners are unemployed and are struggling to survive and therefore cannot afford to pump the water off their property. Government must also understand that while it may be a private property, the possible resulting problems may affect the entire community if not the entire island and country.” Skippings accuses the Government of refusing to pump water out of areas like Five Cays, which he says still has standing water from Hurricane Joaquin. During the recent House of Assembly debate, Minister responsible for public works, George Lightbourne said over $400,000 was approved at Cabinet for work and repairs in the aftermath of the hurricane. Environmental Health on Thursday shared the fogging schedule for Provo and explained to Magnetic Media that both North and Middle Caicos are being sprayed daily. Related Items:Mosquitoes, oswald skippings, pda, pnp, speak your mind TCI Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more





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first_img Enroll Now for Free 4 min read August 14, 2013 Peter Drucker once wrote: “because its purpose is to create a customer, the business has two — and only two — functions: marketing and innovation.”These words hold true for any business, including mobile apps. If you’re building a mobile app to become a successful business, you have to do two things right: innovate and reach out to customers effectively for your story to be bought into.There are many deal-breakers, but these six mistakes are a sign your app will have a hard time selling:1. Assuming there is a need.Just how many people start building an app, spending thousands of dollars to create features and functionalities based on a feeling that it’s what their customers want? I’d say, a conservative 99 percent.Most apps fail because entrepreneurs do not validate their product with actual customers who would be willing to pay.If you have an app idea, go out and validate it. Put it out on crowdsourcing platforms to see how many people want it, make a landing page highlighting the benefits of the app and get interested people to give you their email addresses so you can contact them when the app launches, build a prototype and sell it to your potential customers.2. Not putting ease of use first.A wireframe that you draw for your app defines how the app will be experienced. But does that mean it is going to be simple for your customer to use? Probably not.Invest the necessary time into making an app that is insanely simple to use. Think Google for Make thesearch. What is the core concept of your app? What is the core value it intends to offer? Simply laying that out up-front and making it easier for people to experience will make a huge difference to your app’s success.3. Skimping on graphics.If you want people to connect with your app, it needs to be attractive. Colors influence moods, and there’s history and science backing this. Depending on the nature of your app, you can decide on the colors you want your graphics to capture.The aesthetic of your app is a big determinant of whether people love or are turned off by it. For example, Dots, the latest craze in mobile games has done a fantastic job on both usability and design combined.4. Thinking analytics is for analysts.You need to know how your customers are actually using the app, which is often very different from what you expect. Set goals to track how your customers use the app and how engaged they are with certain features.The data you get can define your next move for increasing traction for the app. There are specific analytics softwares available for different types of apps, so don’t make the mistake of implementing the first one you hear about.5. Trying to go global on day one.Trying to build the world’s greatest wall on day one often means failure. To build the world’s greatest wall, you must first perfect the way the first brick is laid then move to the next one and so on and so forth.The same goes for customer acquisition. You need to start small, perfect your product with your local market and make all the mistakes there. Once you’ve done that, you can easily replicate your successes in other cities and countries.You cannot sell your product by sitting in your office. You need to go out, meet your customers and understand first-hand how they experience your product.6. Giving up too soon or holding on for too long.You can’t be pursuing a business that is just not gaining traction. You either need to alter your course, or drop it and move on. Knowing when to do that is the most crucial aspect of any business.When you launch your app, devote at least six months to selling and developing it before you call it a failure. But in those six months, give it all you’ve got, to the extent that you have no regrets looking back.Don’t hold on beyond that. If you cannot gain traction in that time, you probably won’t see success beyond that period. “Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently promoting what’s not working,” writes Derek Sivers in his latest book, Anything You Want.Remember: While your idea itself may be great, it’s not a business until it is executed well. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more


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