Yuletide Camellias

first_imgThanks to retailers the Christmas season started sooner than ever, and as if wanting to join in the festivities, Georgia’s Yuletide camellias started blooming earlier than ever as well — giving a clear signal of the holiday season. I am most certainly not a Yuletide camellia expert. I have, however, been watching them for years, and this is the earliest I have seen them bloom. Yuletide is an award-winning favorite, bearing loads of red flowers coupled with bright yellow stamens. It is considered compact in form. Oddly, many that I see in landscapes want to develop naturally into a conical or Christmas tree shape. With a little selective hand pruning, this would not be hard to accomplish. However, if you prune harder, they develop a nice mounding shape. Most suppliers, even those nationally recognized, tag them as Camellia sasanquas, but according to the International Camellia Society Registry, it is a chance seedling of Hiryu — a Camellia vernalis hybrid. This is really a no brainer as Yuletide is an award-winning camellia that is perfect for the landscape or containers.Think about this as a Christmas plant that gives season after season. It is not like the poinsettia that we love and treasure for a month and then toss. Yuletide is a plant that will bloom every year just in time for the holidays. Shrubs like the Yuletide camellia can be the real bones or foundation of the landscape much like you would use a holly, viburnum or a ligustrum. They can lead us down a path or serve as the perfect backdrop for seasonal flowers. While we think of camellias for its high shade or filtered light garden, the Yuletide can tolerate quite a bit more sun. At the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden we have ours with a high canopy of pine and the picturesque castanopsis trees with almost white bark. It is a most magical setting. Like all camellias they require fertile well-drained acidic soil. Yuletide is cold tolerant to zone 7, but is also great in containers that can be moved as needed for cold protection. Fall is a great time to plant, and supplies of Yuletide and other camellias are normally at their highest now. Roots increase dramatically during the cool season allowing the plant to really get acclimated and take off once growth resumes in the spring. In the landscape put them in a bed rather than surrounding them with turf. Try clustering three together in front of Nelly R. Stevens or Fosters holly. For a truly exquisite look, use in combination with the smaller Red Holly hybrids like Festive, Robin or Little Red. A word of warning: This one is sure to cause neighbor envy. It won’t be long until you are going to the garden center to get a Christmas tree, poinsettia or some other holiday plant, why not pick up a couple of camellias? Better yet, just do it this weekend. Yuletide is an award-winning favorite, and I am sure you’ll love it, as much as I do.last_img read more

The Ministry of Finance introduces the obligation to print QR codes on invoices

first_imgBut as it happens, skilled entrepreneurs have found many ways to circumvent the issuance of legal invoices through loopholes in the law, and as one of the models is the issuance of bids rather than fiscalized invoices. They are also aware of this practice in the Ministry of Finance, and therefore, with the aim of better collection and control, they decided to introduce the printing of QR codes on each account, in order to make it easier to check the validity of the account. The model of fiscalization applied in the Republic of Croatia differs greatly from the model of fiscal cash registers, which is mainly applied by other countries, and such a model is recognized as a strong tool in the fight against tax evasion. The advantage of this model of fiscalization in relation to the application of fiscal cash registers is the fact that the tax authority knows about each issued invoice at the time of issuance and that each recipient of the invoice or each citizen can check the correctness of invoices using web services available from the Tax Administration. However, in accordance with the proposal, the introduction of a QR code would be introduced only from January 01, 2022. The question is whether the QR code will then be considered obsolete technology. But the introduction of a QR code will certainly make it easier to control your account, as it significantly speeds up the verification process. On the other hand, all taxpayers are already cooperating with the companies that maintain their programs, so this novelty should not be an additional cost or create any complications. The introduction of a QR code or verification of invoices via QR code would enable even better and better control of those taxpayers who do not fulfill their tax obligations on time and would achieve a fairer and more efficient tax system compared to other regular taxpayers, the Ministry of Finance concluded. By the way, the number of invoices issued in 2017 is around 2,345 billion, while in 2018 it is around 2,363 billion (therefore, a larger number of invoices was recorded).  In the four seasons of organizing the prize game “No account is not counted”, about 40 million accounts were collected, which shows the interest of citizens in participating in checking the correctness of accounts, according to the Ministry of Finance. According to the draft law, in order to facilitate the verification of accounts by citizens, in addition to checking accounts via SMS or web service by entering the prescribed account data, it is proposed to prescribe checking accounts via Quick Response code (QR code). The use of QR codes, thanks to the mass use of mobile phones with cameras and Internet access, is widely used today by a large number of users. By reading the QR code shown on the invoice, all data would be entered into the application for checking the data from the picture, which would make the procedure easier for citizens and additionally encourage them to check the invoices and report them to the Tax Administration.  And the new technology to be introduced is to print a QR code on each account The law on fiscalization has been in force in Croatia for six years, and this fall, with some changes, it will bring a novelty. Namely, according to the proposal of Amendments to the Fiscalization Act, the Ministry of Finance introduces the obligation to print a QR code on each account. Citizens, as the most important link in the successful implementation of fiscalization, recognized fiscalization as a positive measure that they support by taking and checking invoices and participating in the prize game “No invoice does not count”, says the description of amendments to the Fiscalization Act. As they point out from the Ministry of Finance on eConsulting, the application of the Act over six years has shown that the need to register all digits of the IAU or ZKI when checking invoices makes it much more difficult for citizens to check due to the large number of digits and the possibility of errors in transcribing digits. Following the progress and development of technology, it is necessary to find the possibility of checking the invoice by citizens without complex entry of the required items of the invoice today, including all digits of the IAU or ZKI. last_img read more

Warriors rally past Corcoran; Northstars top West Genesee

first_imgThe Cougars responded with a drive of its own, quarterback T.J. Harness finding the end zone from seven yards out, and that drive seemed to spark Corcoran’s defense, too, as it shut down Liverpool for the rest of the half.Pinned deep in its own end in the second period, the Warriors surrendered points when Ronin Ingersol intercepted Mancuso and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. And that confidence carried over as, early in the third quarter, Corcoran drove to the Warriors’ one, from where Skyler Willis converted to make it 21-7.Everything changed, though, when Harness was forced to the sidelines with an injury. No one else had done as well against the vaunted Liverpool defense, and his absence rattled the Cougars, who promptly turned it over twice. Tags: C-NSfootballliverpool One fumble, recovered on the Corcoran 25, led to a short drive Malachi Upshur, taking direct snaps from center, scored from five yards out. Even more important was the botched extra-point attempt that an improvising Jeremy Sisto turned into a two-point pass to Hahmier Williams-Borges.Within seconds, the Warriors were threatening again as it pounced on a fumbled Cougars kickoff. Again Upshur scored on a five-yard run, and Mancuso’s successful extra point gave Liverpool the lead.The rest was done by Liverpool’s defense, which like so many other times this season remained strong deep into the fourth quarter, an encouraging sign as the Warriors are back home next Friday to face Nottingham.Meanwhile, at Bragman Stadium, Cicero-North Syracuse continued its revival following a 1-2 start, earning its second consecutive victory as the Northstars defeated West Genesee 21-10.Far less was at stake here than it was when C-NS beat the Wildcats in the 2018 Section III Class AA final at the Dome. Instead, the main question was whether WG’s defense could do anything to contain Northstars running back Mike Washington, who had burned Fayetteville-Manlius for 261 yards and three touchdowns the week before.That task for the Wildcats proved successful at first, but early in the second period, Washington, from midfield, broke through WG’s front line and dashed 50 yards to the end zone for the game’s first points.That, along with Domenic Isabell’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Adron Pafford with 40 seconds left in the half, helped C-NS establish a 14-0 advantage going into the break.But the Wildcats didn’t go away. WG put together a pair of drives in the third quarter as Exavier Brumfield scored on a one-yard plunge and, a few minutes later, it moved inside the Northstars’ five again.This proved the game’s turning point, for C-NS made a big defensive stand and held WG to a 19-yard Riley Small, which cut the margin to 14-10, but the Wildcats would not score again.Once more, the Northstars returned to its air attack. From his own 19, J.J. Razmovski threw deep and found Pafford, the scoring play covering 81 yards, a big play from which WG never recovered.Now C-NS is 2-1 in the Class AA-2 division, tied with Baldwinsville, whom it faces next Friday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. Utica Proctor is 3-0 and in first place, and the Northstars close the regular season against the Raiders on Oct. 18. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Put to its biggest test this season, the Liverpool football team found the will to battle back and, by doing so, moved a lot closer to back-to-back league championships.The Warriors found itself down 14 points to Corcoran in Friday night’s first-place Class AA-1 division showdown before it took advantage of the Cougars’ mistakes, along with an untimely injury, to pull out a 22-21 victory.At 4-0 and no. 15 in the state Class AA rankings, Liverpool carried plenty of confidence to Corcoran, and was impressive in putting together a first-quarter scoring drive that Brendan Mancuso finished off with a one-yard scoring plunge.last_img read more

2015 AYC U-20 Semi-finals: Michael Sai replaces Mutawakilu in goal for Nigeria match

first_imgCoach Sellas Tetteh has handed goalkeeper Michael Sai his first start for the crunch semi final match of the African Under 20 Championship against Nigeria this evening. The goalkeeper replaces Mutawakilu Seidu, who kept the posts in Ghana’s three group games.  The introduction of Sai is the only significant change in Coach Sellas Tetteh’s starting line up for the match. Meanwhile striker Benjamin Tetteh, who missed the last grouo match against Mali returns to the side to partner Yaw Yeboah in attack. Defender Joe Adjei who was rested against Mali also returns to the startKick off is at 5:00pm  GHANA’S STARTING LINE UP Michael Sai Owusu Bempah Patrick Asmah Joe Addo  Joe Adjei Kofi Yeboa  Asiedu Attobrah Cliffored Aboagye Benjamin Tetteh   Yaw Yeboah Prosper Kassimlast_img read more

Purple & Bold: School is out for older, wiser Lakers

first_imgThe vibe of this year’s training camp is very different. Frank Vogel has said this team has a faster pace of learning than any team he’s ever coached, and there’s a recognition that a lot of the players have a strong basis in concepts and fundamentals that the coaching staff doesn’t need to rehash. That means there’s a lot of time for scrimmaging, which the Lakers view as the key to chemistry building.Caruso, who attended the previous two Lakers training camps, says it’s unmistakably a different tempo with so many veterans on the roster.“They know the basics of shell drill, the basics of offensive sets, and how to read and move off of each other,” he said. “And even the young guys – we say the ‘young’ guys, but the young guys compared to the other players – we know how to play, so you don’t have to take a lot of time to teach. And Frank does a good job of stopping us and correcting and teaching when he has to, but otherwise, we’ve been able to play and find that chemistry within the flow.”Last fall, as the Lakers started out 0-3, James was put in the position to re-explain his decision to sign with the Lakers without another superstar. He said at the time, “It’s a process, and I get it.” It created a dynamic where observers wondered whether the Lakers’ supporting cast could grow quickly enough to be a real threat around James – something that fell flat when James got injured and the team couldn’t carry on without him.But no such tension exists now. The Lakers have a single focus that is less about learning basketball and more about learning each other. That’s its own process, but one that comes with a much shorter path back to title contention.Danny Green, who won a title last year with the Toronto Raptors, said he sees the pieces in place. The Raptors similarly had to adjust to adding a superstar via trade in the offseason, then had to readjust when Marc Gasol was added at the trade deadline. Having experience helped the group gel.“We didn’t have a lot of time, but you can build that chemistry if you have the right pieces and the right veteran leadership to make something special happen,” he said. “Even though (the Lakers are) a new team of new young players and new old players, veterans, it’s very possible that we can build chemistry really fast and still be a special team and the last team standing.”– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingAll about AD: It’s clear that the Lakers are taking a Davis-centric focus going into a critical year.Chemistry building: How the Lakers are focusing on an AD-LeBron relationship that’s paramount to their success.What’s different with Dwight? Why the front office believes the second time could be the charm for the eight-time All-Star.Kuzma not worried about injury: The third-year forward was upbeat at his media day appearance.Keeping an eye on Cousins: What Rob Pelinka had to say about the troubled center and his legal issues.A guard rotation squeeze: It’s a tight fit for the cadre of experienced guards the Lakers have on the roster.Avery Bradley is on a mission: Mirjam wrote about why the veteran guard has so much to prove.LeBron’s offcourt landmark day: James helped facilitate a big moment for NCAA athletes in California. Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Oct. 2 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Back in class? Not so much.A common analogy players, coaches and executives alike use for the start of training camp is comparing it to the first day of school. But that metaphor is less fitting for the Lakers than it’s been in years.Consider that of the 15 full-time roster members of the Lakers, the average player has just more than eight years of experience. That includes eight players entering at least their 10th season this fall. Even the “young” guys aren’t that young: Kyle Kuzma and Alex Caruso both are in their third season with the Lakers – Kuzma is actually the longest-tenured Laker on the roster after being drafted all the way back in … 2017. Talen Horton-Tucker, 18, is the only rookie with a full-time roster spot (and with a lingering foot injury, he’s been limited to mostly one-on-one work). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe result is quotes such as the one LeBron James gave on Monday, when asked if he learned much from practice while sitting out of scrimmaging.“It was a great practice,” he said with a knowing grin, “but there was nothing that I learned.”That’s not to say that’s a bad thing for the Lakers: Indeed, this group has a lot less growing up to do than the last one.It’s worth remembering that Luke Walton was tasked last year with threading a very tough needle by growing an organically assembled collection of young players while trying to compete with a superstar. Those processes generally have different timelines: Few people expect a second- or third-year player is going to have a dramatic effect on title hopes, but the Lakers’ best players around James had minimal experience.That led to a lot of tricky tiptoeing, as Walton and the team management suggested it was possible to both develop the youth and compete for a title. For a variety of reasons last season, it was not.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

DD LOCAL: ROSSES CDP LAUNCH TAI CHI CLASSES WHICH START NEXT WEEK

first_imgRosses CDP NewsPlay-matters Breakfast Art Box for parents and toddlers is commencing on Monday the 6th October from 10am – 12pm in the Rosses CDP Chapel Road. Tai Chi starting on Wednesday the 10th Sept at 11am. €5 per class. Venue CDP Chapel Road. Active Retirement Group back on Thursday the 30th Sept at 11am to 1pmKurling every second Wednesday for men and women in the Rosses CDP Commencing Wednesday the 8th October at 2pm. All welcome.Ceili in the Rosses CDP is recommencing on Sunday the 26th October at 8pm.Green Prescription Community Walker Leader training will be held in Letterkenny on Saturday the 4th and Sunday 5th of October. If you are interested in becoming a leader contact the Rosses CDP for a application form before Wednesday the 17th Sept. DD LOCAL: ROSSES CDP LAUNCH TAI CHI CLASSES WHICH START NEXT WEEK was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD LocalFeaturesnewsNoticesRosses CDPlast_img read more

Half-time: Man Utd 0 QPR 0

first_imgWith new manager Harry Redknapp watching from the stands, QPR made a resolute start at Old Trafford.Redknapp inherits a struggling team from Mark Hughes, whose team selection – made before he was fired on Friday morning – reflected the Welshman’s desire to get back to basics with the help of Rangers’ most trusted players.Esteban Granero was dropped to the bench along with Anton Ferdinand, Junior Hoilett and Samba Diakite.Stalwarts Clint Hill, Shaun Derry and Jamie Mackie were given starting places, while Stephane Mbia returned from a three-match ban.The changes had a noticeable effect, with Rangers much more solid than their thrown-together band of big-name signings have been so far this season.A great last-ditch challenge by Derry thwarted Paul Scholes, while Robin van Persie and Ashley Young both fired wide as United dominated much of the first half.Rangers threatened on the counter-attack and had the ball in the net when Mackie headed in, but the effort was rightly ruled out for offside.QPR: Julio Cesar, Dyer, Hill, Nelsen, Mbia, Traore, Derry, Faurlin, Mackie, Taarabt, Cisse. Subs: Green, Diakite, Ferdinand, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Ephraim, Hoilett.Click here for the QPR v Man Utd 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Economy faces challenges: IMF

first_img“In particular, global food and fuel price shocks have boosted inflation and the external current account deficit, while economic growth has slowed in the context of still-high levels of unemployment and inequality,” the IMF said. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed the significant economic progress made by South Africa in recent years, reflected in the country’s relatively high economic growth and rising employment. “These achievements have been based on sound macroeconomic policies and a transparent policy framework,” the IMF said in its latest annual country report, released on Wednesday. “South Africa’s economic fundamentals remain strong, the external debt is low, and the financial system is resilient.” Recent developments, however, had heightened South Africa’s economic vulnerabilities and made the country’s medium-term growth targets more challenging. The IMF also “stressed the importance of structural reforms to boost productivity and employment growth”, while encouraging the government “to persevere with steps to open the economy to greater international competition, strengthen product and labour market competition, and improve education outcomes.” “On the domestic side, an elevated household debt and debt service burden poses further risks to growth.” SAinfo reporter The IMF welcomed the South African government’s prudent fiscal policies, “and their intention to maintain a broadly neutral fiscal stance in 2008 while strengthening the social safety net in response to the increase in food prices.” The IMF’s executive directors warned in the report that the deteriorating economic outlook had increased the risk to South Africa’s economy posed by a slowdown in capital inflows. While acknowledging South Africa’s pressing infrastructure and social spending needs, the IMF urged the government to explore ways of meeting these needs without weakening fiscal policy – “for example, by relying more widely on public-private partnerships established within an appropriate transparent regulatory regime.” Protecting the economy from a rising current account deficit would require “redoubled efforts to raise South Africa’s national saving rate, improve infrastructure, and implement further structural reforms.” 23 October 2008 While South Africa’s financial system was “sound, well capitalized, and well regulated,” the IMF urged the country’s financial authorities to continue engaging with banks to ensure that their capital and liquidity buffers were adequate. The report, completed on 8 September, was compiled by the IMF’s executive board following a staff team visit to South Africa. The IMF backed the SA Reserve Bank’s policy of inflation targeting, supported the Bank’s monetary tightening in response to food and fuel price hikes, and said the Bank should be ready to “raise interest rates further if supply shocks resume or domestic demand pressures do not dampen as expected”. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Airbus launches upgraded A330

first_imgAs expected Airbus has launched two new versions of its very popular A330 aircraft taking advantage of the latest engine technology from Rolls Royce.Dubbed the A330-800neo and A330-900neo, two new aircraft will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the economics, versatility and reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by a claimed 14 per cent per seat, making it one of the most cost efficient, medium range wide body aircraft in the market. The A330neo will also have an increase of range up to 400 nautical miles. Deliveries of the A330neo will start in Q4 2017. Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group said that the A330 is a very important margin (profit) contributor for Airbus. “It’s also one of the most reliable and efficient commercial aircraft ever. Customers love it. With our decision to re-engine the plane, we will keep the A330 flying high for many more years to come.” In addition to the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo will feature incremental innovations, including aerodynamic enhancements such as new winglets, an increased wing span and new engine pylons.last_img read more

Future of South Africa’s arts in good hands

first_imgFrom left, Bokani Dyer, Nandipha Mntambo,Ben Schoeman, Mamela Nyamza andNeil Coppen.(Image: Suzy Bernstein) The striking art of Nandipha Mntambois created from cowhide.(Image: The Volta Show)MEDIA CONTACTS • Gilly HemphillThe Famous Idea Trading Company+27 21 886 4900 or +27 82 820 8584Chris ThurmanFor any South African feeling gloomy about the state of the nation, the plight of the continent, the receding world economy or any other anxiety-invoking subject, attending the annual Standard Bank Young Artist Awards ceremony should be prescribed as an antidote.Now in its 27th year, this collection of awards acknowledges both the past achievements and future potential of artists under the age of 35 in the categories of visual arts, film, dance, drama, classical music and jazz.Recipients are given a monetary prize, but perhaps more valuable is the platform that the awards provide for promoting each artist’s work; the awards have always been associated with the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and the winners feature prominently in the annual festival programme.The list of former recipients reads like a veritable who’s who in the South African arts community – artist William Kentridge, musician Johnny Clegg, mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo, actors Paul Slabolepszy and Richard E Grant, and director Darrell Roodt, to name just a few.Distinguished winnersThe Young Artists for 2011, announced in late October, have a keen awareness of the prestige of the award.Jazzman Bokani Dyer summed it up in his acceptance speech: “The previous winners are all musicians whom I admire and respect … so this award is a great honour.”In similar vein, theatre-maker Neil Coppen admitted that he had often felt envious of previous winners, and that receiving the award had long been an ambition of his.The sense of continuity between Young Artists past and present was reinforced by the participation of previous recipients such as 2010 music award winner and violinist Samson Diamond, and 1982 theatre award winner Janice Honeyman, the evening’s compère.Indeed, varieties of continuity – both expected and unexpected – developed into the underlying theme of the evening.One such variety was the continuity between childhood dreams and their realisation through the support of family members. It is, of course, something of a cliché to begin an acceptance speech with the words, “I’d like to thank my parents …”. Yet there was nothing trite about the tributes paid by each of the Young Artist recipients to parents, grandparents, siblings and wider family who provided an environment in which their artistic talents could be nurtured.Dance winner Mamela Nyamza recalled how her grandmother, a domestic worker, made it possible for her to attend ballet lessons. Dyer pointed out that his father Steve is a seasoned jazz muso.Coppen jokingly thanked his parents for “not making me play rugby” – but the light-hearted allusion was nonetheless a reminder that there are many young people whose school experiences are tainted by widely-held prejudices in favour of sport and against the arts.Music recipient Ben Schoeman, who is passionate about the role that classical music can play in education, emphasised a different form of continuity by connecting South African students to Ludwig van Beethoven. In his acceptance speech Schoeman showed how, through a series of teacher-pupil relationships and over many generations, the famous German composer can be associated with those who have studied music at the University of South Africa.Such local/global continuity was echoed in the visual arts category. Award winner Nandipha Mntambo has pioneered the use of cowhide as a material for sculpture and in her photographic self-portraits she uses bovine images to provoke the viewer into questioning divisions between humans and animals, as well as between men and women. Cattle have a significant symbolic status in South Africa, but this is not unique: as Mntambo noted, they are central to myths and religions all over the world.Previous generations of South African artists have experienced acutely the tension between local and global commitments. For these Young Artists, however, the two are by no means mutually exclusive. Each of them is already well-travelled and has studied, exhibited work or performed internationally; the award will facilitate the growth of their reputation outside of South Africa’s borders as much as within the country.Supporter of the artsStandard Bank has been in the news of late for all the wrong reasons – sustained low revenues have forced the company to retrench over 1 500 staff members – and as a result it faces numerous public relations challenges.The bank’s long-term sponsorship of the arts in South Africa, particularly its association with the National Arts Festival, is doubtless one of its major assets in terms of public image, yet suggestions that the bank will reduce its sponsorship portfolio as part of a spate of cost-cutting measures do not augur well for the continuation of that relationship. If this does prove to be the case, it will be a great pity.But all may not be lost – in the words of Standard Bank’s head of arts and jazz sponsorship, Mandie van der Spuy, “As a bank we are dedicated to nurturing arts talent in South Africa, and we believe that the awards play a vital role in advancing the artists’ careers as well as our country’s cultural heritage.”Van der Spuy added that the Young Artist award plays a key role in the bank’s commitment to developing upcoming South African talent.last_img read more