Defoe could be offered as part of Dembele deal – report

first_imgTottenham could offer Jermain Defoe to Fulham as part of an exchange deal for Moussa Dembele, according to the Daily Mirror.Linked with Spurs.It is claimed that David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas could also be offered to the Whites as Spurs look to take Dembele to White Hart Lane.Tottenham’s apparent interest in the Belgian is also reported by The Guardian, while the Daily Mail suggest Fulham are monitoring powerful Genk forward Christian Benteke as a possible replacement for Clint Dempsey.The Mirror say Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is planning a £15m swoop for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge.It is suggested that Rodgers is ready to sell Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing in order to fund the deal.He is said to be a big admirer of Sturridge, whose future at Stamford Bridge has long been the subject of speculation.Sturridge has made it clear he wants to play in a centre-forward role rather than the wide position he has operated in for much of his time at Chelsea.The Blues are reportedly aware of Liverpool’s interest but would be reluctant to sell unless they sign a striker before this week’s transfer deadline.Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo recently stated that he expected Sturridge to stay at the club.The Mail say Chelsea are tracking 23-year-old Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.Meanwhile, QPR boss Mark Hughes is considering a loan move for Porto centre-back Rolando and will complete the signing of Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar from Inter Milan in the next 48 hours, the Mail report.It is claimed Rolando has been targeted because moves for Michael Dawson and Ricardo Carvalho have stalled.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Tiger Brands grows Nigeria stake

first_img25 September 2012South African food company Tiger Brands has expanded its African stake by buying 63% of Dangote Flour Mills in Nigeria for approximately R1.5-billion, the company announced on Tuesday.Tiger Brands is a fast-moving consumer goods company (FMCG) listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.It currently operates in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe, and its acquisition of Dangote Flour Mills is its third – and largest – deal in Nigeria.It follows the acquisition of biscuit manufacturer Deli Foods Nigeria Limited in April 2011 and UAC Food and Beverage Businesses in May 2011.The purchase would add “significant scale to Tiger Brands’ existing Nigerian businesses and represents a further important step in Tiger Brands’ expansion strategy on the balance of the African continent,” Tiger Brands said in a statement.“Nigeria is a key strategic growth market in West Africa, the second-largest African economy and one of the fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa.”Dangote Flour Mills is regarded as a leader in the flour and pasta market segment of Nigeria’s consumer food sector, with a 30% market share in flour milling and 40% market share in pasta.It is the second-largest flour milling company in Nigeria and is involved in flour milling and processing, as well as processing pasta and noodles.“With an estimated population in excess of 160-million and projected average real GDP growth forecast over the next three years of approximately 7% per annum, Tiger Brands believes, particularly for consumer goods, that the potential of the Nigerian market is significant,” Tiger Brands said.“Tiger Brands views its strategic relationships with both the Dangote and UAC groups as crucial to its continuing success within the Nigerian FMCG sector.“Over the medium term, operational synergies and efficiencies will be leveraged to ensure all parties benefit from these strategic alliances.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sasol begins study for gas-to-liquids plant in Mozambique

first_img9 July 2014 South African petrochemicals giant Sasol has begun work on a joint pre-feasibility study for a large-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Mozambique, the company announced earlier this month. The study, which is being conducted together with Mozambican state oil company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) and Italian multinational Eni, will assess the viability of a GTL plant based on gas extracted from the Rovuma basin. Located off the coast of northern Mozambique, the deepwater Rovuma Basin has been the site of some of the biggest gas discoveries of the last decade. Eni is the operator of the Area 4 block of the Rovuma Basin, which is estimated to hold up to 85-trillion cubic feet of gas. Last month, Sasol announced a separate partnership with Eni to explore for oil and gas in the Durban and Zululand basins along South Africa’s east coast.New plant ‘would promote regional development’ “The proposed GTL facility firmly aligns with Mozambique’s Gas Master Plan goals, and, if successful, will go some way to accelerate socio-economic development in the country and the broader region,” Sasol CEO David Constable said in a statement. “Our GTL aspirations highlight our commitment to partnering with the Mozambican government and Eni in the responsible development of the country’s natural resources.” The company said that its proven GTL expertise, extensive market distribution footprint in southern Africa, and in-country experience of Mozambique, where it has been involved with gas infrastructure development for 10 years, placed it in a strong position to develop the country’s first GTL facility. Sasol, one of the world’s largest producers of synthetic fuels, mines coal in South Africa and produces natural gas and condensate in Mozambique, oil in Gabon and shale gas in Canada. Since launching its first GTL facility outside South Africa in Qatar in 2007, the company has been working to extend its global GTL footprint, its most advanced plans for new GTL plants being in Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Canada and the United States.Decision on Louisiana plant expected this year The company is currently working on the front-end engineering and design phase for a 96 000 barrels per day GTL plant in the US state of Louisiana. The project, which includes construction of a world-scale ethane cracker and downstream derivatives units, would be the largest single manufacturing investment in the history of Louisiana. Sasol is poised to make its final investment decision on the project this year. In February, the company commissioned an ethylene tetramerisation project in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The plant, the first commercial plant of its kind in the world, beneficiates ethylene into products that are used in the manufacture of plastics that require elasticity and strength. And in June, a partnership between units of Sasol and Ineos Europe AG reached a final investment decision to build a high-density polyethlyne plant southeast of Houston, Texas. “This project will expand Sasol’s presence in the global chemical market and complement our North American growth strategy,” Sasol’s Fleetwood Grobler, group executive for global chemicals, said in a statement. “Its location offers several benefits, including access to US Gulf Coast infrastructure and proximity to our current and proposed ethane cracker and derivatives complex in southwest Louisiana.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ind vs SA: Tendulkar’s ton goes in vain as India lose by three wickets

first_imgSachin Tendulkar scored his sixth World Cup century, but India ended on the losing side. South Africa chased down 297 with three wickets and two balls to spare during their World Cup Group B match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur on Saturday. Score | Photos | Video The match went down to the wire with South Africa needing 13 runs in the last over with Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis at the crease.The first ball was swept for four by Robin Peterson off Ashish Nehra even as skipper MS Dhoni scrambled behind the stumps.The second took the aerial route off Peterson’s bat and ended up past the fence with a six on board. In came a Yorker that was sent for a couple and finally a four by Peterson saw South Africa put 300/7 on board.This despite the fact that paceman Zaheer Khan scalped South Africa skipper Graeme Smith in the 9th over of the innings. Smith wanted to play a big won but ended up giving an easy catch to Sachin Tendulkar at mid-off. He fell to 16 and South Africa fell to 41/1.Post Smith’s wicket, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis batted on to frustrate the India bowlers. Their partnership helped South Africa cross 100-run mark. Clearly the two didn’t want to give India any room.Amla even got a life when Yuvraj Singh dropped him off Harbhajan Singh at mid-wicket. Luckily for Harbhajan Singh Amla fell in his next over. He was deceived by Harbhajan’s Shing’s extra bounce that took the edge of his bat to bat in skipper M.S. Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps. He scored 61 and South Africa at the stage was 127/2 in 28 overs.advertisementSoon Kallis and AB de Villiers got on with another partnership. But, the two had put 46 runs together on board that Kallis got run out in Zaheer Khan’s over. Skipper MS Dhoni collected the ball from Harbhajan Singh and removed the bails even as TV replays showed that he was clearly short. Kallis fell for 69 and South Africa fell to 173/3.It seemed that partnerships had become the norm for the day with every batsman aiming for that. And AB de Villiers and J.P. Duminy too aimed for that. He two put on 50 runs for the fourth wicket. But, just when de Villiers was beginning to look dangerous Harbhajan Singh got the better of him. De Villiers wanted the ball to cross the boundary, but it ended up getting lodged in the safe hands of Virat Kohli in the deep for 52. And South Africa lost their fourth wicket at the score of 223 in the 41st over.India offie Harbhajan Singh was gradually getting in the groove. He had already calimed two wickets and added another one to his tally by claiming Duminy in the 43rd over. Skipper Dhoni performed the final rites by stumping him on 23. South Africa were 238/5 at the stage.The pacers too displayed their ware. And it was Munaf Patel, who got the opportunity to do that by trapping Morne van Wyk leg-before on 5 and reduce the Proteas to 274/6 on the last ball of the 44th over.But Harbhajan got to keep the accolades to himself. Just when Johan Botha was charging away at his balls scoring a four and six off his bowling in the 48th over, a short fell short of the boundary and Suresh Raina came under it and soon Botha was walking back on 23. South Africa were 279/7 at the stage.Finally, Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis helped their team home without loosing another wicket. And South Africa won by three wickets.India inningsEarlier, Sachin Tendulkar scored a ton, but post his dismissal India batting line-up folded within a span of 36 runs as South African paceman Dale Steyn claimed five wickets to restrict India to 296 all out.Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag charged down at the South African bowlers from the word go after India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss. The two helped India cross 100-run mark and in the process completed their half-centuries.But, there was more to come as clearly the two were enjoying their stay in the middle and scoring at a brisk rate. The do put on 142 runs for the first wicket before Sehwag fell. He scored an impressive 73 off just 66 balls hitting 12 fours on the way.In the 18th over a Faf du Plessis’ ball finally broke their partnership. Sehwag wanted to cut Faf for a boundary but the ball didn’t have enough turn and a thin edge got carried towards his stumps. Finally there was uproar in the South African camp.advertisementPost Sehwag’s dismissal, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir got on with another partnership. Tendulkar went on to complete his 48th ODI ton, which is also his 99th international century. This was his sixth World Cup century – the highest by any batsman.After posting his century Tendulkar too walked back with his head held high. He scored 111 off just 101 balls hitting eight fours and three sixes on the way. First he completed a 142 runs partnership with Sehwag by his side and then went on score 125 runs for the second wicket with Gautam Gambhir, before falling to Morne Morkel.He was on charge and went for a big hit off Morkel in the 40th over, but ended up hooling a catch at point to J.P. Duminy. India were 267/2 at the stage.Post his wicket, the South African bowlers pressed further and claimed two quick wickets in the form of Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan. Dale Steyn had them both in the 41st over of the innings.But that wasn’t the end of the tale as soon South African pacers got busy counting scalps. It seemed as if they were just waiting for Sachin Tendulkar to complete his ton before tightening the noose. For when the Master Blaster was at the crease it seemed that India would go on to post a 320-plus figure, but post his dismissal India’s fortunes took a U-turn.After Styen scalped Gambhir and Pathan. He got on with more devastation claiming Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel to finish off with a five wicket haul.And as things would have it India could not even cross the 300-run mark and were all out for 296. Skipper Mahendra Singh remained unbeaten on 12.last_img read more