Football club beats bakers to top gong at British Pie Awards

first_imgMorecambe Football Club has swept the board at the British Pie Awards. The Npower League Two team won the Supreme Champion award for its chicken, leek and ham pie at the event, which took place in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire – the home of the pork pie.The club, which makes its own pies, beat off competition from bakers and butchers across the UK. It also scooped accolades for the best football pie and the best pie made by a small producer.Meanwhile, Crantock Bakery has been crowned maker of the UK’s best Cornish pasty, becoming the first to win the award following the granting of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status to the Cornish Pasty earlier this year. PGI gave the Cornish Pasty the same protection afforded to the Champagne region of France for its wines, meaning that they can only be produced in Cornwall according to a set definition.Nick Ringer, managing director of Crantock Bakery, a past winner of Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards, organised by British Baker, said: “We are all delighted to have won this award. It means we really were up against the best authentic pasties made in Cornwall. The fact that ours won shows we genuinely do make the best Cornish pasties in the UK.”The British Pie Awards was judged by food industry figures including food writers, Xanthe Clay and Charles Campion, celebrity chef and food campaigner, Rachel Green, author Tamasin Day-Lewis and Georgi Gyton, senior reporter on British Baker. The event – which was held at the historic St Mary’s Church in the market town – saw more than 600 products entered and was also featured on the ITV morning show Daybreak. The competition, now in its third year, saw an increase in entrants from small producers.Winners 2011Supreme Champion:Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie produced by Graham Aimson, Morecambe Football Club in Morecambe, LancashireClass 1: Melton Mowbray Pork PieChampion: Melton Mowbray Pork Pie produced by Mrs Kings Pies in Nottingham, NottinghamshireClass 2: Pork PieChampion: Sainsbury’s All Pork Gala produced by Walkers Charnwood Bakery in Leicester, LeicestershireClass 3: Steak and Kidney PieChampion: Steak & Kidney Pie produced by Turners Catering Pies in Bognor Regis, West SussexClass 4: Savoury Pie – HotChampion: Chicken, Leek and Laver Bread Pie produced by Leonardo’s Delicatessen Ltd in Ruthin, DenbighshireClass 5: Savoury Pie – ColdChampion: Chicken & Ham Pie produced by Chunk of Devon in Ottery St Mary, DevonClass 6: Fish PieChampion: Smoked Eel, Leeks and Horseradish Pie produced by The Great North Pie Company in Stockport, CheshireClass 7: Vegetarian PieChampion: Cheese, Leek and Apple Pie produced by The Great North Pie Company in Stockport, CheshireClass 8: Cornish Pasty Champion: Cornish Pasty produced by Crantock Bakery in Newquay, CornwallClass 9: Other PastyChampion: Smokey Bacon & Leek Pasty produced by Proper Cornish Ltd in Bodmin, CornwallClass 10: British Apple PieChampion: British Apple Pie produced by Bouverie Lodge Quality Foods in Nether Broughton, LeicestershireClass 11: Other Dessert PieChampion: Tesco Cherry Pie produced by Kensey Foods in Launceston, CornwallClass 12: Football PieChampion: Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie produced by Graham Aimson Morecambe Football Club in Morecambe, LancashireSpecial Award to recognise the best small producer:Champion: Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie produced by Graham Aimson Morecambe Football Club in Morecambe, Lancashirelast_img read more

Helping Plants Survive

first_imgSometimes the best thing you can do for a drought-stressed garden or landscape is tonot do some things, said a University of Georgia scientist.Fertilizing and routine pruning, for instance, encourage new growth that requires morewater.”Fertilizing isn’t wise during long dry periods if you don’t waterregularly,” said Gary Wade, an Extension Service horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Fertilizers are, chemically, salts. They can actually dehydrate plants’ roots.”Routine pruning stimulates growth, too, he said. That’s not what you want when yourmain goal for your plants is survival.You may need to do some selective pruning, though, when a plant wilts and beginsshowing leaf scorch, and branches start dying. In this case, cutting back the top willreduce the water demand the foliage places on the roots.When you water, use a garden hose to direct water only to wilting plants to conservewater.”Give priority to trees and shrubs planted within the past four months,” Wadesaid. “Water these plants every week or so when it doesn’t rain.”Annual and perennial plants demand more water than woody ornamentals. But wait for themto wilt before you water.”Some perennials, like sedum, gaura, day lilies and ornamental grasses areextremely drought-tolerant. They can survive long periods without water,” Wade said.”Plants will tell you when they need water when the leaves wilt, droop or turngray-green.”If outdoor watering restrictions keep you from watering anything, Wade’s advice is tocut back annual and perennial flowers that wilt.”This will reduce the plant top’s demand for water and help keep the root systemalive,” he said. “Lightly pruning shrubs that become severely wilted will alsohelp them conserve moisture and survive the dry period.”The best thing you can do to help plants survive drought is to put mulch over theirroots, Wade said.”Three to five inches of an organic mulch, such as pine straw or pine barkmininuggets, will help hold water in the soil,” he said. “Some municipalitieschip woody brush and make this available to the public. This makes an excellent,economical mulch.”Two to three sheets of wet newspaper under the mulch will help conserve moisture evenbetter, he said.last_img read more

Inventing a centre

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first_imgDirt track racers from far and wide visit the Duel in the Desert held at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway every November. The feature lineups boast an expansive representation of different states to certify this event as one of the IMCA “Crown Jewel” events of the year. For the 2015 edition each driver is welcomed to showcase their stomping grounds with the IMCA.TV Best Appearing Car Contest.The graphics theme for 2015 is to represent your state.The IMCA.TV Best Appearing Contest will boast a “winner-take-all” $1000 Prize for the winning IMCA Modified and for the first time ever, a $500 Prize for the winning IMCA SportMod. The winning graphics company (for each class) will get a free social media advertising package on all IMCA.TV major events for 2016, a whooping $5000 value per class!Voting will be conducted on the IMCA Racing Facebook page ( Drivers will have the ability to declare Best Appearing entry at the pit gate of The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway or online at IMCA.TV. IMCA.TV Staff will verify the entry and film a video interview detailing the wrap and take a photo. The video and photo will be posted to Facebook by 11:00 PM Pacific on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Fans will have the ability to LIKE and SHARE the Video and Photo. The combined LIKE and SHARE totals, aka the “Double Down”, will declare a winner in each class by the deadline at High Noon (Pacific) on Saturday, November 14, 2015.IMCA.TV, the title sponsor of the contest, is the Official Network of IMCA and will broadcast every lap of the Duel in the Desert on up on prior Duel in the Desert races in stunning HD with a $9.99 Monthly or $79.99 Yearly Pass to or browse the hundreds of videos from IMCA races across the United States. As a bonus, a live event is included on the site once per month.Official rules and registration for the 2015 IMCA.TV Duel in the Desert Best Appearing Car Contest is available at: race for $7,777 to win and a minimum of $777 to start while Northern SportMods vie for $1,777 to win at the 18th annual Duel Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 11-14.Twenty-eight Modifieds start the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier on Saturday night. Thursday and Friday qualifying features both pay $777 to win.Northern SportMod qualifying features on Thursday and Friday pay $500 to win.Sixty-five Modified drivers are now pre-entered from 20 states and two Canadian provinces and include:Mark Abouzeid, Chico, Calif.; Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; Paris Archie, Sparks, Nev.; Kris Asche, Shelton, Wash.; Tim Balding, Prunedale, Calif.; Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas; Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas; Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; Gord Beaumont, Charlie Lake, B.C.; Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo.; Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; Tanner Black, Albert, Kan.; and Steve Boles, Bakersfield, Calif.;Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; Chris Brown, Spring, Texas; Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; Chris Cole, Cache, Okla.; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Logan Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Bill Egleston, Atwater, Calif.; Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas; Rick Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Troy Foulger, Martinez, Calif.; Sean Fox, St. Helens, Ore.; and Joe Ger­man, Aberdeen, Wash.Kyle Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; Kyle Heckman, Bakersfield, Calif.; Nick Herrera, Ruidoso Downs, N.M.; Jason Hilliard, Cache, Okla.; Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; Rich Horibe, Pahrump; Ray­mond Ketelsen Jr., Aromas, Calif.; Chester Kniss, Antioch, Calif.; Brian Levander, Grand Island, Neb.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; William McGuire, Bel­ton, Texas; and Matt Micheli, Live Oak, Calif.Joey Moriarty, Glendale, Ariz.; Mike Mullen, Suamico, Wis.; David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; Ja­son Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif.; Jeff Olschowka, Quincy, Calif.; Reed Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; Freddie Piourde, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Ryan Porter, Atwater, Calif.; Tom Purcell, Carson City; Chett Reeves, Bakersfield, Calif.; and Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.Darren Schatz, Williston, N.D.; Johnny Sheets, Gatesville, Texas; Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa; Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Stephen Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; Kenny Wallace, Concord, N.C.; and R.C. Whitwell, Bakersfield, Calif.The 18 pre-entered Northern SportMod drivers, from seven states, are:Brian Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; Todd Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif.; Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Bill Ferguson, Norwood, Calif.; Anthony Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif.; Anthony Giuliani, Morgan Hill, Calif.; Kruz Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; Jordan Hagar, Bakersfield, Calif.; Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; Jesse Hoskins, Longdale, Okla.; Garrett Jernagan, Bakers­field, Calif.; Greg Larson, Kindred, N.D.; Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; and Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.last_img read more

Wins for President’s College, Marian Academy, East Ruimveldt

first_imgTHE Milo U-18 Football tournament opened with a bang today at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.The tournament, which is also sponsored by the Ministry of Education’s Stop Gender-based Violence campaign, saw a total of 17 goals scored during the three matches contested.President’s College manhandled Queenstown 4-0 to kick things off.A double from Shalom Chisholm (41st, 69th) and single strikes from Montel McAlmont (25th) and Jeremiah Johnson (28th) were the other two scores that accounted for the scoring.In the second game, Marian Academy got the start they needed when they whipped St Joseph’s 3-1.Roland Hamilton’s 17th minute strike opened the scoring for Marian and it was followed up in the 46th by Chad Henry.Action in the 2020 Milo schools football tournament kicked off yesterday (Delano Williams Photo)However, Khalil Gittens’ 48th minute strike brought the game back to life for St Joseph, after which Ricardo Percival (50th) added the third in favour of the Carifesta Avenue side.In the third game of the afternoon, St Stanislaus College went down 3-6 to East Ruimveldt Secondary.East Ruimveldt opened the scoing with Cleon Wray in the 4th minute before Keion Marques doubled it up in the 17th.Things would not get easier for the Brickdam side as four more goals were scored without a response; Donahvon Pyle (21st and 42nd), Jermaine Harris (24th) and Devonte Cummings (31th).When St Stanislaus got going, they fired in three goals within nine minutes; Isaiah Jackson (43rd), Jodel Fernandes (49th) and Shawn Robertson (54th).Matches continue today with three more gamesBishops’ High will open the day with a battle against Cummings Lodge with Christianburg Secondary meeting Golden Grove at 13:45hrs.Lodge Secondary and Ann’s Grove will play the last game of the afternoon.last_img read more

Providence and Fairfax Behavioral Health Take Steps for New Psychiatric Hospital…

first_imgFacebook682Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence St. Peter HospitalProvidence St. Peter Hospital and Fairfax Behavioral Health are in consideration of developing an 85-bed freestanding psychiatric hospital in Thurston County. We submitted a joint letter of intent with the Department of Health on Friday, April 22, opening the door for the parties to file a certificate of need application toward the end of May.As you know, behavioral health services are regularly identified as a significant need in our region. However, the capacity to care for patients in our area has not kept pace with demand, and the overall need is projected to increase for the foreseeable future.More than 67,000 adults in Thurston County have a mental health condition.82 percent of the homeless population surveyed in Olympia report having a persistent mental health condition. The average length of time these individuals have lived in Thurston County is 15 years.The ratio of population to mental health providers in Thurston County is 520:1, compared to 380:1 in Washington.More than 10 percent of the patients who come to the Providence St. Peter Hospital Emergency Department need behavioral health services (approximately 22 each day).Providence identified the opportunity to greatly improve and expand access to behavioral health services in Southwest Washington by partnering with an established international entity, Universal Health Services, Inc., which regionally includes Fairfax Behavioral Health. Providence has already established partnerships with Fairfax in Everett and in Spokane.“This free-standing hospital will allow us to expand the existing services that Providence already provides and fill a gap in the community,” says Medrice Coluccio, chief executive for Providence in Southwest Washington.Fairfax’s history spans more than 80 years and reflects a similar commitment as Providence to the poor and vulnerable. This partnership aligns with our core strategy of “creating healthier communities, together,” which calls for identifying like-minded partners to meet the needs of the community.Providence St. Peter Hospital Crisis Services Department (located in the St. Peter Hospital Emergency Center) is the only one of its kind in the five-county service area of Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. It is regularly at capacity, and unable to accept additional patients from Thurston County and beyond.“The addition of a freestanding psychiatric hospital will be particularly crucial in assisting the surrounding rural communities that do not have the necessary staff or facilities to treat and care for this patient population,” added Coluccio.By partnering with Fairfax, Providence can expand access to behavioral health care. The new hospital will be well connected with the providers and services available at Providence clinics and hospitals in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Mason counties, creating a seamless care experience for patients.“This is a wonderful opportunity for our two organizations to bring the full scope of our expertise and resources to address an identified need in southwest Washington,” says Ron Escarda, Fairfax Behavioral Health chief executive officer. “Fairfax is excited about having the opportunity to utilize its knowledge and expertise in the provision of behavioral health services to the Thurston County community, and working in partnership with Providence St. Peter Hospital to serve these patients and their families.”Once the CON application is submitted, a definitive ruling from the DOH could take several months. The entire process to obtain CON approval and build a freestanding psychiatric hospital may require a few years.last_img read more

Leafs get off the snide against Rebels, edge Murdoch leaders 5-3

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt took six games and almost the entire season for the Nelson Leafs to get finally get the upper hand, albeit for one night, in the ongoing rivalry against the Castlegar Rebels.The Leafs shook off two-minute slide late in the first period, out scoring the Murdoch Division leaders 3-1 during the final 40 minutes en route to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.“I wasn’t here last year to know the history between these two teams, but I think we’ve been lucky in some games and got out to good starts,” said Rebel skipper Steven Junker when asked why Castlegar has been able to dominate the Leafs this season.“We know there’s a big rivalry there and we know (Nelson) is a good team so I think we’re probably fortunate to get some of our wins.”It looked as if Lady Luck would once against flow the way of the Rebels Tuesday.After Nelson had played one of its best first periods of the season, to the 18-minute mark, Castlegar exploded for two goals in the final two minutes of the contest.Stuart Walton tucked a centering pass past Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets before Erik Wentzel drilled a centering pass from Jamie Vlanich to square the teams at 2-2.However, the Leafs didn’t panic against the heavily favoured Rebels on this night.Nelson returned to its workmanlike game plan and was rewarded with Cody Abbey combined with Joel Stewart midway through the period giving Nelson a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.Leafs new-found sniper Dustin Johnson gave the home side some breathing room early in the third with a goal at 26 seconds of the frame.Mike Wiest brought the Rebels to within a goal with plenty of time remaining in the game.But, despite Nelson giving two chances on the power play, the Leafs prevailed as Colton Malmsten added an empty net marker.Nelson out shot the Rebels 21-18 with Beesley winning the duel against Alex Ross in the Castlegar nets.The Leafs take to the road Friday, traveling to Spokane to face the Braves. Nelson leads Spokane by 10 points in the race for third in the Murdoch Division.Despite losing, first-place Castlegar still holds a commanding 13-point advantage over Beaver Valley. BLUELINES: The Leafs managed to hold Rebel sniper Ryan Aynsley off the score sheet Tuesday. A key may have been the play of Leaf captain Taylor O’Neil who continually pounded the Castlegar forward at every opportunity, especially in the opening period. Aynsley, who had a brief stint with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League, decided to return to the Rebels prior to the January 10th trading deadline. . . .Braeden Hikichi, with goal number six, and Colton Schell, potting his 17th of the season, scored in the opening frame for Nelson. . . .Joel Stewart is quickly becoming the go-to guy for the Leafs scoring in seven of this past eight games. . . .The win snapped a brief two-game losing streak for Nelson. Castlegar had won six straight games heading into Tuesday. . . .Nelson traditionally plays its mid-week games Wednesday, but were pushed up a day due to the Colas Cup men’s hockey tournament. More than 300 players from Canada and the United States are in Nelson for the mid-week [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgMOR SPIRIT COULD MAKE THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN LEWISMor Spirit, the latest in a long line of Triple Crown contenders for Bob Baffert, could make his three-year-old debut in the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 6, the Hall of Fame trainer said Saturday.A son of Eskendereya, Mor Spirit won the Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 19 by a length and a quarter over stablemate Toews on Ice, who also is being considered for the Lewis, Baffert said. DORTMUND WORKS SUNDAY FOR SAN PASQUAL STARTDortmund, an equine version of The Big Red Machine, is scheduled to work Sundaymorning, after which Bob Baffert will decide to enter the 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner against California Chrome in next Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year who also won the Santa Anita Derby that year, arrived from his Los Alamitos headquarters early Friday morning to prepare for the San Pasqual, which offers $200,000 in purse money and will be decided at 1 1/16 miles.Hoppertunity, who won the San Pasqual last year, is likely to defend his title for Baffert after working seven furlongs Saturday morning in a bullet 1:25.20 in company with Cat Burglar, who was clocked in 1:25.40. Martin Garcia was aboard Hoppertunity.California Chrome worked at 11:48 a.m. Saturday prior to the first race at 12:30, going six furlongs steadily and smoothly under Victor Espinoza in 1:10.04. His fractional times were 23.65, 46.66 and 58.30.Probable for the San Pasqual: Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza; Dortmund; Hard Aces; Hoppertunity; Imperative, Mario Gutierrez; Mystery Train; and Point Piper, Rafael Bejarano.Hard Aces worked six furlongs for John Sadler Saturday in 1:12.80. FINISH LINES: Impressive Del Mar maiden winner Dreyfong worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert Saturday in 1:01 flat, while Rock Shandy, second in last year’s Sham Stakes and third in the Robert B. Lewis, worked six furlongs for Peter Miller in 1:15.40 under Victor Espinoza, who declared himself “100 percent” after a minor incident in yesterday’s third race after which he took off his remaining mount, Serbian Syclone in the eighth race . . . Owner Brian Carney reports Charlie Stutts on the mend after the 74-year-old trainer broke his arm and subsequently had his left knee replaced two weeks ago following an incident involving a horse at his barn. Stutts might have a problem going through airport security, however. He has titanium in his left leg. ILLUMINANT SHARP FOR FIRST STAKES TRY IN MONROVIAStreaking Illuminant makes her first stakes start in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.The four-year-old daughter of Quality Road won by nearly seven lengths over the hillside turf course on Oct. 10, then came back to win an overnight race on grass by 3 ½ lengths going 1 1/16 miles.“The filly’s training well; we’ve always thought she had some ability,” said trainer Mike McCarthy of the Pennsylvania-bred owned by Aron Wellman, who campaigns as Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.McCarthy and Wellman got the New Year off on a winning note when their Longstocking captured yesterday’s second race by a length and a half under apprentice David C. Lopez at a $21.80 return.“Illuminant had a couple of baby issues and we had to give her some time off, but she certainly hasn’t disappointed us since she’s come back.”The field for the Monrovia: Singing Kitty, Gary Stevens, 8-1; My Year Is a Day, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Heavens Stairway, Ignacio Puglisi, 15-1; Our Pure Creation, Fernando Perez, 50-1; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 5-1; Shrinking Violet, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Velvet Mesquite, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Illuminant, Mike Smith, 8-1; Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 20-1; Theatre Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Ageless, Julien Leparoux, 3-1; and Baruta, Flavien Prat, 6-1. SAN PASQUAL HINGES ON DORTMUND’S SUNDAY WORKOUTBAFFERT MULLS ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES FOR MOR SPIRITGRADE II MONROVIA MARKS STAKES DEBUT FOR ILLUMINANT last_img read more

Auslagern nach Sudafrika

first_imgDa Unternehmen weltweit auf den zunehmenden Kosten- und Preisdruck reagieren, transformiert sich Sudafrika zu einem international bevorzugten Standort fur die Auslagerung von Geschaftsablaufen.Das Outsourcing von Geschaftsablaufen ist ein weltweiter Trend und die Branche, die einen Jahresumsatz von 130 Milliarden US-Dollar vorweisen kann, wird nach Erwartungen in den kommenden funf Jahren um ca. 50% wachsen.Bei dieser Art des Outsoucings werden bestimmte Geschaftsablaufe, die in der Regel unternehmensintern abgewickelt werden, einem Dienstleister (z. B. Kundenbetreuungs- oder Callcenter) uberlassen.Als Schlusselsektor im Regierungsprogramm zur Ankurblung des Wirtschaftswachstums wurde das Outsourcing von Geschaftsablaufen erkannt. In diesem Bereich rechnet das Land mit 25.000 direkten und 75.000 indirekten Arbeitsplatzen, die bis 2009 die Wirtschaft des Landes um 7,95 Milliarden Rand bereichern werden.IT-Outsourcing ist ebenfalls eine Wachstumsbranche in Sudafrika. Die Vielfalt des lokalen Marktes (Know-how aus den Industrielandern und die Gegebenheiten eines Entwicklungslandes) macht das Land zu einem idealen Testlabor fur neue Innovationen.IT-Outsourcing macht mehr als ein Drittel des 30 Milliarden Rand schweren Marktes fur IT-Dienstleistungen, wie eine 2008 durchgefuhrte Studie der Unternehmensberatung IDC belegt.Die internationale Forschungsgruppe Gartner sieht Sudafrika unter den wichtigsten 30 Outsourcing-Lander fur Software-Entwicklung, womit das Land 2007 gleichauf mit Israel in der Region Europa, Nahost und Afrika sowie mit Australien und Indien weltweit liegt.Calling .ZADer Zeitschrift Business Day zufolge ist die lokale Callcenter-Branche seit 2003 um ca. 8% pro Jahr gewachsen. 54.000 Arbeitsplatze bietet dieser Bereich, der mit 0,92 zum Bruttoinlandsprodukt Sudafrikas beitragt.Ein 2007 lanciertes staatlich finanziertes Outsourcing-Unterstutzungsprogramm zielt auf die Verbesserung der sudafrikanischen Wettbewerbsfahigkeit ab und bietet 1,1 Milliarden Rand an Investitionsanreizen. Der Plan konzentriert sich auf:Eine breit angelegte Marketing-Strategie.Ein staatliches Unterstutzungsprogramm mit Investitions- und Schulungszuschussen.Gute preisliche Rahmenbedingungen im Bereich Telekommunikation.WettbewerbsvorteileFur Sudafrika sprechen viele Faktoren, wie z. B.:Ein erstklassiges Serviceniveau im Callcenter-Bereich.Eine hohe Management- und Dienstleistungskompetenz in Kombination mit umfassendem Finanz-Know-how, insbesondere in den Bereichen Versicherungen, Hypotheken/Darlehen und Inkasso.Zeitzonen-kompatibel mit Europa.Eine hervorragende Beherrschung der englischen Sprache: neutrale Akzente, die fur westliche Markte leicht verstandlich sind.Ein gunstiger Wechselkurs.Ein hohes staatliches Engagement.Staatlich unterstutzte Anreize wie z. B. Existenzgrundungs- und Expansionszuschusse und reduzierte Telekommunikationskosten.Eine hoch entwickelte und im Wachstum begriffene Telekommunikationsbranche.Die Regierung ergreift Maßnahmen zur Gewahrleistung einer preisgunstigen und besser verfugbaren Bandbreitenkapazitat zur Ermoglichung von preiswerteren internationalen Telefongesprachen. Großprojekte zur Verlegung von Unterwasser-Glasfaserkabeln entlang der Ost- und Westkuste Afrikas zur Verbesserung der Kommunikation des Kontinents mit dem Rest der Welt werden in Angriff genommen.Die ganze Welt in einem LandZu den internationalen Unternehmen, die sich bereits fur Sudafrika als Outsourcing-Land entschieden haben, gehoren: IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis und Car Phone Warehouse.Sudafrikas Engagement fur die Outsourcing-Branche wurde 2007 mit der Entscheidung zum Bau eines 125 Mio. Rand teuren Callcenters mit 1.500 Arbeitsplatzen im Gewerbepark Coega, außerhalb von Port Elizabeth in der Provinz Ostkap, bekraftigt.Der BPO-Park erstreckt sich uber funf Hektar im Coega-Gewerbepark und umfasst Schulungseinrichtungen und Freizeitangebote. Nach Bekunden des Verwaltungsunternehmens ist das Areal auf verschiedene Szenarien ausgelegt und bietet optimale Voraussetzungen fur eine Vielzahl von Investoren.Weitere Beispiele fur kurzlich erfolgte Investitionen: Im Mai 2008 eroffnete der Ölkonzern Royal Dutch Shell ein Callcenter in Kapstadt. Dieses Callcenter wird Shell-Kunden in Belgien, Luxemburg und den Niederlanden betreuen. Afrikaans-sprechende Mitarbeiter werden fur Gesprache in niederlandischer und flamischer Sprache speziell geschult.  Im November 2007 begann der US-amerikanische Outsourcing-Riese TeleTech mit dem Bau einer neuen Niederlassung (der ersten auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent) in den Außenbezirken von Kapstadt. Letzte Aktualisierung: September 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):South Africa YearbookBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorportationBusiness Daylast_img read more