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HIGH-FLIERS

8th October 2010 Springbok rugby icons Victor Matfield (left) and John Smit participated in the world's first passenger aircraft flight to be exclusively fuelled by synthetic jet fuel. The fuel, which is the world's only fully synthetic jet fuel to have received international approval as a commercial aviation... 

BEYOND ICARUS

1st October 2010 Last week, Solar Impulse's CEO Andre Borschberg, who is also a pilot took a flip in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane. The plane is seen here above Lake Leman, near Vevey, during a test flight from its base in Payerne to Geneva International Airport. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse) 

RUDD RETURNS

24th September 2010 Australia's former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australia's Foreign Minister at a ceremony in Canberra last week. The Labor-led administration was installed after a tumultuous few months of politicking, which first saw Rudd replaced Julia Gillard, followed by hung election. Rudd was... 

VIRTUE OF NECESSITY

17th September 2010 Aveng CEO Roger Jardine sips from a bottle containing water previously contaminated by acid mine drainage (AMD). He points out that the company is already successfully treating AMD for mining companies Anglo American and BHP Billiton at the eMalahleni plant, in Mpumalanga. An InterMinisterial... 

NUKE TAX

10th September 2010 Germany's Cabinet last week approved a nuclear levy, rebuffing pleas to drop the plan made in an open letter last month signed by the CEOs of Germany's biggest utilities, E.ON and RWE. They argued that the new energy taxes would block necessary investment in the future. Pictured here is an RWE... 

BREWING DEAL

3rd September 2010 South African-linked SABMiller emerged last week as a possible acquirer of Australian brewer Foster's. Pictured here is a glass of beer taken at Foster's Carlton & United Breweries visitors centre in Abbottsford, Melbourne, Australia. Foster's gave up on its twin beer and wine strategy in May... 

MORE GLOOM

27th August 2010 Buildings stand at dusk in Tokyo, Japan, on the same day in August when it was announced that the Asian economy grew at less than a fifth of the pace economists estimated last quarter. Between April and June Japan's gross domestic product expanded by only 0,1%, which was far less than the 0,6%... 

STRAIGHT TALK

20th August 2010 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in conversation with Creamer Media's Publishing Editor Martin Creamer (left) and Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer during a recent interview, which took place at the National Treasury's 40 Church Square offices, in Pretoria. Gordhan emphasised the need for an... 

ON TRACK

13th August 2010 ON TRACK: The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium track and stands in New Delhi, India. Preparations are under way in the city for the nineteenth Commonwealth Games, which will take place in Delhi in October of this year. (Photographer: Brian Sokol/Bloomberg) 

NEW BROOM?

6th August 2010 NEW BROOM?: Embattled oil company BP confirmed last week that Tony Hayward, its former CEO, would make way for a US national in the form of Robert Dudley. Picture here, from left, is Hayward, BP chairperson Carl-Henric Svanberg, and Dudley speaking to journalists after the announcement. Dudley... 

SLIM PICKINGS

30th July 2010 A Kenyan woman searches for discarded wheat left by the combine harvester as it works in a field in the Rift Valley near Narok, Kenya, in early July. Three years of inadequate rainfall in Kenya triggered the country's worst drought in more than a decade, resulting in the introduction of scheduled... 

FANTASTICO

23rd July 2010 Spain's heroic goalkeeper Iker Casillas lifts the World Cup trophy after his team final match victory against the Netherlands at Soccer City stadium, in Johannesburg, on July 11. The world was also united in it praise of the tournament's "fantastico" hosts: South Afric 

WHEELS UP

16th July 2010 Pictured are the landing lights at the end of the runway at the Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International airport, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International, the emirate's new airport, will start operations in March, 2011, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed... 

NO LOOKING BACK

9th July 2010 Africa's first rapid-rail link has now been operating between the OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton for a full month. Pictured here is the Gautrain reflected in a mirror as it arrives at Rhodesfield station, in Ekurhuleni - an image that should remind us that there should be no looking... 

NOT QUITE A MEA CULPA

2nd July 2010 BP CEO Tony Hayward at the recent House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the April 20, 2010, deadly accident in the Gulf of Mexico involving the group's Deepwater Horizon rig. The high-charged hearing took place in Washington, DC, in mid-June. Hayward frustrated lawmakers, telling them he... 

THE CUP, THE COLOUR

25th June 2010 As the month-long football feast approaches its business end, the vibrancy and colour of the African event continues to captivate the world. Picture here is Johannesburg's iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge displaying a giant image of the statesman from which it took its name, with world's most coveted... 

CITY ICONS

18th June 2010 Without question, Telkom's Hillbrow Tower has, hitherto, been Johannesburg's main urban icon. But the FIFA World Cup 2010 has provided it with a worthy pretender to that throne: the refurbished Soccer City stadium, near Soweto on the western outskirts of the city. This photo captures perfectly... 

THE WEIGHT OF A NATION

11th June 2010 South Africa's national football coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, has the weight of a nation's expectations on his shoulders as the FIFA World Cup 2010 kicks off at Soccer City today (June 11, 2010). The Brazilian, whose charges will face Mexico, Uruguay and France in the first round of the... 

SPILL OUTRAGE

4th June 2010 BP America chairperson Lamar McKay testifying at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing in Washington, DC, in late May, with a graphic displaying the April oilrig disaster in the background. Senators lashed out again at BP, saying they were "beyond patience" with the company, while Interior... 

NO MONEY

28th May 2010 Outgoing UK Treasury chief secretary Liam Byrne left the following note for his successor, David Laws (pictured): "Dear Chief Secretary, I'm afraid there's no money. Kind regards and good luck! Liam." Byrne was later quoted by Sky News as saying the note was a joke. "I do hope David Laws' sense... 

CAMERON COALITION

21st May 2010 The UK's new Prime Minister, David Cameron, addressing the media outside 10 Downing Street, in London, as his wife, Samantha, looks on. Cameron took over from the Labour Party's Gordon Brown on Tuesday May 11, 2010, after forming a coalition with Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats. 

SHOUTING DOWN CRIMINALS

14th May 2010 Popular local musician "Danny K" Koppel, with the Johannesburg skyline in the background - a city that he and 50 other local artists want to wrest back from criminal elements. Koppel, together with TKZee member Kabelo Mabalane, have put together the "Shout" campaign to raise money for a range of... 

SHOWCASING SHANGHAI

7th May 2010 Visitors walk past the illuminated Expo Axis of Sunshine Valley during a trial run for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China. The exhibition will be held from May 1, 2010, through October 31, 2010. It is expected that some 70-million people will attend, and that exhibitors from more than 190... 

AT BOILING POINT

30th April 2010 Hitachi Power Africa (HPA) CEO Johannes Musel standing in front of an overhead presentation showing the shareholding structure of the company, in which the African National Congress-linked Chancellor House controversially has a 25% interest. In 2007, HPA and Hitachi Power Europe won a... 

EUROZONE REPAIR WORK

23rd April 2010 Workers repairing the Euro sign sculpture outside the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, in early April. The currency rallied after the Eurozone's finance ministers agreed the terms of a €30-billion bail-out fund for Greece. (Photographer: Hannelore... 

ON THE BALL

16th April 2010 South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his "Football Friday"' finery, when announcing, on a Thursday no less, that the South African Revenue Service had beaten its revenue collection target by just over R8-billion in 2009/10, by securing R598,5-billion rand from various sources. Along... 

TOUGH CALL

9th April 2010 A Chinese national flag is reflected on the windows of People's Intermediate Court in Shanghai, China, in late March, where Rio Tinto's Stern Hu was sentenced to ten years in prison for accepting bribes and stealing trade secrets. "On any measure, this a tough sentence," Australia's Foreign... 

ONE-HUNDRED AND COUNTING

2nd April 2010 The milestone one-hundredth broadcast of Creamer Media's flagship multimedia show, the Real Economy Report, was aired last week. Pictured here (from left) is one of the show's producers, Shane Williams, filming anchor Shannon de Ryhove. The recording was done in front of the iconic Soccer City... 

QUAKING CURRENCY

26th March 2010 A cashier at a money exchange store displays a stack of 1000 Chilean peso notes in Santiago, Chile, earlier this month. The peso fell when investors speculated that the government might finance part of the reconstruction after the country's worst earthquake in 50 years with local bond sales.... 

COLOURFUL COUNTDOWN

19th March 2010 The excitement and tension is increasingly palpable as South Africa counts down to June 11, 2010. What is not in question, though, is that this ‘Rainbow Nation' will deliver a colourful event, well beyond what is currently being offered by our now famous World Cup mascot, Zakumi. 

KE NAKO

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2010 With the 100-day milestone now a fast-fading memory, attention is having to turn to the nonstadium-related infrastructure required for the successful hosting of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in June and July. Nevertheless, we should be quite proud of how our construction industry has performed in... 

UNHAPPY DUTY

5th March 2010 The leadership at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa had the unhappy duty last week of announcing power tariff increases that would average just over 25% for the period April 1, 2010, through to March 31, 2013. Pictured (from left) are: full-time regulatory member Thembani Bukula,... 

HALALA SUPERJUMBO

26th February 2010 Air France-KLM's giant Airbus A380 landed amid much fanfare at OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg, on Thursday last week. The double-decker superjumbo, which can carry more than 500 passengers, departed from the Charles de Gaulle airport, in Paris, the night before. It was the second... 

TOTAL RECALL

19th February 2010 Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda surrounded by journalists after meeting with Seiji Maehara, Japan's Land and Transport Minister last week. The automaker will recall 437 000 hybrid vehicles globally to fix faulty braking systems on four models. In South Africa, some 52 500 vehicles... 

NEW CITY OF LIGHT

12th February 2010 Traffic moves on a highway overpass near buildings in downtown Shanghai, China, in late January. China's electricity usage for the month was expected to increase by more than 30%, which would be record year-on-year growth. No doubt, a carbon dioxide downside could eventually take the gloss off... 

Apple iPad

5th February 2010 Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates the new Apple iPad tablet at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, California, in the US, last week. Jobs and Apple hope to use the product to revolutionise the publishing business in the same way the iPod transformed the music industry.... 

TRAUMATIC

29th January 2010 US Navy air crewmen transfer a young and clearly traumatised Haitian earthquake victim from a SH-60B Seahawk helicopter during a medical evacuation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, in mid-January. Aid groups have been working to deliver supplies to victims of the massive earthquake, which... 

NO FUEL

22nd January 2010 The charging port of BMW's Mini E electric car on display at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, in the US, last week. The show, which had a strong new-technology flavour, featured 60 vehicle premieres. (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg) 

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