Daily Archives: November 12, 2015

Precision Aviation Group Company — Precision Heliparts Canada (PHP-C) Signs Five-Year Support Service Agreement with Coast to Coast Helicopters

ATLANTA, Nov. 12, 2015 / PRNewswire — Precision Heliparts Canada (PHP-C), a Precision Aviation Group Company (PAG), located in Vancouver, Canada, announced today that the company has signed a five-year repair, overhaul, and supply chain agreement with Coast to Coast Helicopters.

“Coast to Coast is one of the largest and most highly respected operators not only in Canada, but also throughout the aviation industry,” said newly appointed Vice President and General Manager of PHP Canada, Kieran Hannan. “Coast to Coast provides essential air services to numerous industries here in Canada and at multiple air bases nationwide.  It is an honor to have been selected as a Primary Supplier to Coast to Coast and to provide comprehensive support services from our Vancouver based Precision Support Team.”

Coast to Coast’s fleet is comprised of a variety of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft which provides service to the Oil and Gas, Forestry, Hydro, Passenger and Freight Transportation, Mining, Emergency Services and Tourism sectors.

“We chose PHP-Canada as a Primary Supplier for many reasons including the depth of expertise and experience, demonstrated customer support excellence, the availability of inventory, quality focus and the reputation of PHP-Canada,” said Frederic Allard, president, Mustang Helicopters, a division of Coast to Coast Helicopters. “We operate numerous aircraft in support of a variety of industries. Aircraft availability, Safety and Quality, and operational readiness are our highest priorities. PHP- Canada not only ensures we achieve high availability levels by having the right parts we need on a scheduled and unscheduled basis it also provides industry leading overhaul and repair turnaround times. We know that if something is needed on our aircraft, they can get us back in the air quickly.”

Coast to Coast operates 86 helicopters and 36 fixed-wing aircraft that consist of Bell, Airbus, Sikorsky and Robinson helicopters.  They also operate Cessna, Jet Stream, King Air, and Piper fixed-wing models.

“Throughout the entire PAG network of companies, we have the experience and skills necessary to work on almost every aircraft model,” said Hannan. “From starter generators, avionics and indicators to wheels and brakes, we have the largest inventory available. Our skilled team can work on the smallest indicators to the largest engines. We are proud of our organization’s growth and success and will work diligently to keep Coast to Coast’s extensive fleet running smoothly.”

Precision Heliparts Canada will have a booth at the Helicopter Association of Canada convention in Vancouver, Canada from November 13-15.  For more information about the products and services offered by Precision Heliparts Canada and to meet members of their team please visit booth 408.

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About Precision Aviation Group (PAG)
Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. With 8 locations and more than 245,000-square-feet of sales and service facilities in the United States, Canada and Australia, PAG uses its distinct business units and customer-focused business model to serve aviation customers through two business functions – Aviation Supply Chain – and its trademarked Inventory Supported Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (ISMRO®) services.

PAG provides MRO and Supply Chain Solutions for Fixed and Rotary-wing aircraft through:  Precision Heliparts – PHP (www.heliparts.com); Precision Aviation Services – PAS (www.precisionaviationservices.com);  Precision Accessories & Instruments – PAI (www.precisionaccessories.com); Precision Heliparts Canada – PHP-C (www.heliparts.ca); Precision Accessories & Instruments Canada – PAI-C (www.precisionaccessories.ca); PHP-Instruments & Accessories – PHP-IA (www.heliparts.la);   Precision Aero Technology –PAT (www.precisionaerotechnology.com), Precision Heliparts – Australia – PHP-AU (http://www.precisionheliparts.com.au), Precision Accessories & Instruments – Australia (PAI-AU) (www.precisionaccessories.com.au) and Aviation Controls, Inc. – ACI (www.aviationcontrolsinc.com).  PAG subsidiaries have MRO capabilities on over 35,000 products, including accessories, avionics, engine components, hydraulics, instruments, NDT, starter/generators, and wheels/brakes (www.precisionaviationgroup.com).

About Coast to Coast Helicopters Inc.
Coast to Coast Helicopters group is the largest family-owned business in Canada with over 130 aircraft. The fleet is composed of 19 varieties including medium, intermediate and light lift helicopters and fixed wing, operating from a global network of bases. In the last 10 years, four reputable operators from across Canada have joined Coast to Coast, including: Mustang Helicopters, Heli-Excel, Heli-Inter and Exact Air. Coast to Coast offers its clients full coverage across Canada with capable, solid and focused service in the aircraft industry. Their exceptional team of aircraft professionals is composed of over 300 dedicated employees.

MOAB POWER Launches Long Life Pay-As-You-Go Solar Home System

US solar energy storage and lighting firm launches the picoPOD™ family of solar rechargeable, lithium powered LED lighting products for the energy poor

TAMPA, Florida, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — MOAB POWER announces the launch of its picoPOD product line of Pay-As-You-Go [PAYGO] ready, plug-n-play Solar Home System, incorporating Lumeter Network’s PAYGO technology.

The picoPOD lineup, with a 10+ year battery life, provides more power and a brighter lighting alternative in the smallest package to the 1.6 billion plus energy poor at the Base of the Pyramid than the competition. “We are truly excited to be part of MOAB Power’s picoPOD lineup, with its state-of-the-art design and smart technology,” said Mitra Ardron, CEO of Lumeter Networks.

The picoPOD utilizes proprietary, safe, 10-year lithium cells, coupled with smart power management and an LED gauge. Enclosed in a small form factor case, it is less than 1/3 the size and weight of competing lead acid systems.

The picoPOD lineup consists of 30Wh and 60Wh batteries, each with 4x12v and 2 USB ports, for LED lighting, mobile phone charging and powering DC appliances such as Fans, Radios, Televisions, etc. A 90Wh, laptop version, is also in the works.

Included with the picoPOD, are appropriately sized solar panels, 3x1W [100 Lumen] LED lights and a multi-tip mobile phone charging cable. The picoPOD products are available with customer branding, with or without PAYGO, for a full 3-year warranty. 160 Lumen – 1 Watt LED lights are optional.

The picoPOD units will become available beginning January 2016, through select distributors and retailers worldwide. For distribution inquiries, please email sales@moabpower.com.

MOAB POWER is a global design/build firm, specializing in mobile and portable lithium energy storage technology. Founded in 2011, it is a spinoff off a 20+ year old technology pioneer, with roots in the solar and battery technology, for commercial, industrial, military and space. It is the team that brought the world, its first lithium battery power bank in 1997 and its first solar embedded, lithium power bank in 2007.


San Francisco, CA based Lumeter Networks provides SMS-based, Pay-As-You-Go network and power meter technology to product manufacturers and last mile distributors for the bottom of the pyramid.

For more information please email Nick Patel: media@moabpower.com or Tel: +1 352 556 3153.

Deputy Minister Buti Manamela chairs Symposium on Youth Skills and Development

The Embassy of South Africa in Germany together with McKinsey held a two day symposium on Youth Skills Development and Employment Creation. The symposium took place on 9 to 10 November 2015 on the sidelines of President Jacob Zuma’s meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

South Africa’s National Development Plan prioritises the development of youth, poverty alleviation, small business development and job creation. The aim of the symposium was to highlight the importance of skills development and explore opportunities that exist between the two countries.

Participating at the symposium were Ministers of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, Labour, Mildred Oliphant and Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu.

Deputy Minister therefore chaired the second day of the symposium where ideas were shared with Germany on how to enhance economic participation including entrepreneurship and employment. At the core of Germany’s success is training of young people on practical skills.

For South Africa the main lesson was that elements of success to exist. There is therefore a need to communicate and coordinate effort more effectively across departments, spheres of government and social partners. The trust between the social partners means agreements are implemented for the greater good.

“It was a successful meeting as we were able to share our experiences with our German counterparts on successes in developing practical skills in young people. Through such partnerships we are ankle to create opportunities that will enable young people to take up their own development,” said Deputy Minister Manamela.

Deputy Minister will then head to New York where he will meet with the United Nations special envoy on youth, Mr Ahmad Alhendawi to discuss youth development. Deputy Minister Manamela will then proceed to Washington where he will conduct a study tour on the US National Youth Service Programme.


Matshepo Seedat

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North West Government takes services to villagers

Residents of Mogopa village outside Zeerust in Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality today came in numbers to receive government services, which the Provincial Government brought to this village as part of the Setsokotsane Programme.

Mogopa village which is about 80km south-east of Zeerust town, has 530 households with around 2 000 community members.

The acting local Chief Mr Monedi Kau who was amongst the communities, said the local traditional council was pleased about the bringing of government services to this tiny village.

“The communities’ major request is the construction of a 10km road leading to our village which is currently in a very bad state. We have boreholes that need to be fixed, and we are hopeful that the coming of Setsokotsane to our village will bring about the much needed developments”.

“Traveling to the nearest government offices for services such as application of Identity Documents and Social Grants is always a challenge for the communities, but today, majority of them are happy that their applications have been successfully submitted. Setsokotsane is in indeed about changing lives”, added the acting Chief.

Echoing these sentiments was Ms Masego Rampou (52), a member of the local Semellang Bomme Agricultural Cooperative, who said the fixing of the boreholes will contribute a great deal towards saving their livestock.

Some of the services provided during this Setsokotsane outreach included amongst others, registration of unemployed youth on the provincial database, bursary applications, health screening services, vaccination of domestic animals and processing of social grants applications.

The Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs also promoted the upcoming Mahika-Mahikeng Music and Cultural Festival, while registering some of the young artists on their database.

Premier Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo says Setsokotsane integration and convergence approach employs government efforts to accelerate service delivery as departments, municipalities and state owned entities bring the much needed services to the people, for radical socio – economic transformation and better livelihood to be realised.

Setsokotsane is in its first of two weeks in Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality. Tomorrow, Friday, 13 November 2015, government services will through this programme be taken to Gopane village near Zeerust.

Members of the media are invited to cover the Setsokotsane outreach activities in Gopane village, where a media briefing on Setsokotsane activities will be held at 11h00.

For enquiries:

Mr Brian Setswambung

Acting Provincial Head of Communication

Cell: 084 702 3775 or 076 012 4501

E-mail: bsetswambung@nwpg.gov.za


Electoral Commission on by-elections results of 11 November 2015

The Democratic Alliance won six wards and the African National Congress won four wards in by-elections contested in six provinces yesterday.

The results saw the Democratic Alliance retaining five wards in the Free State, Gauteng, North West and Western Cape and gaining one ward from the African National Congress in the Western Cape. The African National Congress retained four wards in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West.

Voter turnout varied between 14.15% and 59.17% with an average of 28.97%. Two wards were uncontested.

The new councillors for the African National Congress are:

Eastern Cape: Nomadama Nobuntu Mgidi in Ward 8 in the Engcobo [Engcobo] Municipality – EC137. The ward was uncontested so no voting took place. The seat was retained by the party.

Gauteng: Mosadisadi Christina Kekana in Ward 16 in the Tshwane Metro [Pretoria] Municipality – TSH. The seat was retained by the party with 76.63% of the 2 819 votes cast. Voter turnout was 21.14%.

Mpumalanga: Njabulo Sydney Mnisi in Ward 20 in the Nkomazi [Nkomazi] Municipality – MP324. The seat was retained by the party with 89.07% of the 949 votes cast. Voter turnout was 18.03%.

North West: Thembeka Obittah Vilakazi in Ward 13 in the Matlosana [Klerksdorp] Municipality – NW403. The ward was uncontested so no voting took place. The seat was retained by the party.

The new councillors for the Democratic Alliance are:

Free State: Salomon Hercules Francois De Jager in Ward 13 in the Ngwathe [Parys] Municipality – FS203. The seat was retained by the party with 98.78% of the 1 560 votes cast. Voter turnout was 43.41%.

Gauteng: Mia Snyman in Ward 73 in the City of Johannesburg [Johannesburg] Municipality – JHB. The seat was retained by the party with 92.70% of the 3 225 votes cast. Voter turnout was 21.83%.

North West: Martin Coetzee in Ward 17 in the Rustenburg [Rustenburg] Municipality – NW373. The seat was retained by the party with 85.97% of the 1 320 votes cast. Voter turnout was 14.15%.

Western Cape: Jo-Ann De Wet in Ward 14 in the Drakenstein [Paarl] Municipality – WC023. The party won the seat with 57.44% of the 3 320 votes cast. Voter turnout was 59.17%. The ward was previously represented by the African National Congress.

Western Cape: Evelyn Lorraine Sauls in Ward 1 in the Cape Agulhas [Bredasdorp] Municipality – WC033. The seat was retained by the party with 51.04% of the 1 992 votes cast. Voter turnout was 56.57%.

Western Cape: George Jacobus Kersop in Ward 2 in the Oudtshoorn [Oudtshoorn] Municipality – WC045. The seat was retained by the party with 73.96% of the 1 983 votes cast. Voter turnout was 51.79%.

The detailed results are available on the IEC website at www.elections.org.za.