AMG has confirmed pricing for its CLA35 four-door performance coupe - and it is much dearer than the A35 hatch.
'AMG has decided to its price its new CLA35 at a substantial premium to the brand’s mechanically similar A35 hatchback – and its natural rival, from Audi. Both the A35 and CLA35 will become available in South Africa during the next few months and feature the same engine and drivetrain: a turbocharged 2-litre engine good for 225kW, with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission channelling that power to all four wheels. If you prefer the sloping roofline proportions of the CLA,and the benefit of a boot, it will cost you nearly R100 000 more than the comparableA35. Mercedes-Benz has positioned the new offerings from its AMG performance sub-brand at R755 198 for the A35 hatchback and R855 766 for its CLA35 sibling. You are effectively paying R100 000 for 50-litres of additional luggage capacity between the A35 and CLA35. There is a performance discrepancy between the two cars too. AMG’s A35 runs the benchmark 0-100kph sprint in 4.7 seconds, whilst the CLA35’s time against the clock in a similar acceleration test is 4.9-seconds. Although the A35 is cheaper and faster, many customers interested in a compact German performance sedan will opt for the unique appearance of AMG’s CLA35. Many options to inflate the price The car’s base price of R855 766 does not include a host of optional features which you might want. Navigate the online configurator and can swiftly escalate the price towards R1m. Amongst the options you’d desire are larger 19-inch wheels (R16 600), a panoramic sunroof (R15 200), larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen (R10 000) and head-up display (R15 000). AMG’s advanced ride control suspension upgrade prices at R22 400,whilst an aerodynamics package adds R21 800. Mercedes-Benz is expected to havethe first of its new 35-series AMG cars at local dealerships by October thisyear. In terms of possible rivals, the most obvious of these IS Audi’s S3 sedan. The four-door S3 sedan prices at R683 452 and has a similarly sized-engine to the CLA35, but is slightly more powerful than the AMG car, at 228kW.'
Pakistani talented actress Saba Qamar show her outstanding performance in the ongoing drama Cheekh. She plays the role of Mannat in Cheekh. Mannat is a strong woman who stands against… View Post
'Pakistani talented actress Saba Qamar show her outstanding performance in the ongoing drama Cheekh. She plays the role of Mannat in Cheekh. Mannat is a strong woman who stands against violence. In recently held luxstyle awards 2019 she talked to the BBC journalist Haroon Rashid. She said sheis grateful to Shabnam who perform on her favorite song. When Haroon Rashid asks her about his strong character in Cheekh she responded that she works by heart. It was very difficult for her to play such a role. Saba further said that there are many bad things happen around us which need our attention but no one pays attention to this issue. I play these character in Cheekh and Baghi to highlight these issues. Furthermore, HaroonRashid asks her why she always plays such a character. She responded that becauseof various issues in society I felt that we need to talk about these issues. Ifwe don’t raise our voice then who will? That’s why I play such a character.'
GT-R Nismo gains mechanical upgrades to boost performance.
'Nissan has offered enthusiasts a very credible European supercaralternative for the last 13 years, in the guise of its GT-R. The seminal Japanese performance car might be getting on in years, but it remains a crushingly accomplished performance car – and Nissan has announced some choice upgrades to keep it relevant. Leveraging technologies developed by its engineers who workon the company’s GT3-specification racing cars, the latest GT-R Nismo offerseven more overwhelming performance than before. Distinguished by a range of aerodynamic styling features –which include a composite front splitter, bonnet, wheel arch ducts, and a fixedrear spoiler – the latest GT-R Nismo looks like a true road legal track car, whichit is. Nissan’s engineers have increased the volume of carbon-fibre surface components and managed to lighten the car’s overall weight by 20kg. Particular highlights of the GT-R Nismo’s design include the colour contrasting of its Italian sourced Brembo brakes (in bright yellow) and burnished titanium exhaust ends, which are metallic blue. More rewarding driving machine As with all GT-Rs, this new Nismo version is a car concernedwith driving dynamics and speed – instead of appearance. Its 20-inch alloywheels roll an evolved tyre, developed by Dunlop, which has fewer grooves and awider tread, increasing contact patch and mechanical grip by 11%. Nissan’s engineers have also recalibrated the GT-R Nismo’s steering system, to provide improved linearity – which requires fewer steering correction at speed. The claim is that this yields enhanced stability at velocities up to 300kph – which is the Nismo version’s top speed. Powering the latest GT-R Nismo is a relatively unchanged 3.8-litre turbocharged V6, which boosts 447kW. What has improved is the turbochargers’ internals, which are now similar to those found on Nissan’s GT3 racing cars, making throttle response 20% more agile. All the latest Nismo upgrades equate to a 2.5 second quicker lap time around Nissan’s own test track. For buyers who wish to purchase this latest chapter in the GT-R legend, local pricing and availability are still being decided.'
HP’s premium business laptop range offers world-class performance and cutting-edge security in a sleek design.
'HP’s premium business laptop range offers world-class performance and cutting-edge security in a sleek design.'
HP Z Desktop Workstations undergo 368 000 hours of testing and end-to-end diagnostics. [Local rep: Axiz]
'HP Z Desktop Workstations undergo 368 000 hours of testing and end-to-end diagnostics. [Local rep: Axiz]'
[Premium Times] The Federal University, Dutse (FUD), Jigawa State, has recalled 40 out of 485 students it rusticated in the last academic session over poor performance and other sundry offences.
'[Premium Times] The Federal University, Dutse (FUD), Jigawa State, has recalled 40 out of 485 students it rusticated in the last academic session over poor performance and other sundry offences.'
Zoheb Khan, University of Johannesburg; Lauren Graham, University of Johannesburg, and Leila Patel, University of Johannesburg The recent contraction of the South African economy does not bode well for the country’s unemployment crisis.It follows a
'Zoheb Khan , University of Johannesburg ; Lauren Graham , University of Johannesburg , and Leila Patel , University of Johannesburg The recent contraction of the South African economy does not bode well for the country’s unemployment crisis . It follows a decade of weak economic performance where not enough jobs have been created to keep up with population growth.But even if we imagine a vibrant and growing economy that creates jobs, too many young people would still struggle to find employment because of systemic issues that constrain their chances.Firstly, young people often enter the labour market with a skills deficit , and limited social capital . Secondly, the costs of work-seeking – driven by large transport and data expenditures – are poverty-reinforcing for many already poor households that typically live far from economic opportunities . This, coupled with the absence of formal job-seeking support, makes it very difficult for employers and work seekers to connect . The state, civil society, and the private sector have all been trying to address the issue through various labour market interventions.One example is youth employability programmes.They engage young people in technical and workplace skills training, and in some cases connect them to work opportunities.However, not much is known about their impact.We conducted research in a bid to find some answers.Our study set out to assess what features of youth employability programmes worked well in helping young people find work.Our findings show that programmes that offer matching have the biggest impact on employment success.Matching is when young people are trained based on employer requirements and where programmes enable an interface between employers and young work seekers to foster potential recruitment.Connecting young people and employers The study, launched in 2013, tracked 1974 people as they entered one of eight youth employability programmes that offered skills training at 44 sites across the country, and for two years after they completed their training.The programmes varied along certain dimensions – for example in whether they offered training accredited with the South African Qualifications Authority, matching services, or stipends – but all offered a combination of technical and general workplace and social skills, along with some advice and support on finding work.The study participants were predominantly African (94,4%), women (60%), and from poor backgrounds – the demographic most affected by unemployment.Their average age on completion of training was 23.5 years and the vast majority (78%) had been unemployed for over a year when starting training.We found that 28% of the young people had found and retained work two years after completion of a YEP, while 17% had gone on to study further for typically higher-level qualifications.While the proportion employed appears to be small, when compared to a closely matched sample drawn from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, we see that participants are 11 percentage points more likely to be employed.Nonetheless, despite participating in the programme, the majority of young people in the survey remained unemployed, with 40% of participants experiencing chronic unemployment (unemployment for at least a year) two years after completing the programme.Which features work best?We found matching to be the most persuasive programme feature.The positive outcomes from matching young people with the right skills directly with employers and orientating training to employer demands included: a much higher probability of employment than those who did not receive matching, as well as a greater ability to retain a job; higher earnings; for the unemployed, an increase in the number of job applications made, and the probability of still looking for a job, pointing to a greater belief in their own employability.We also found that more time on general workplace and social skills improves the chances of finding a job.These skills, including time management, teamwork, and self-confidence, were most useful for those without a matric, those living outside a major metro, and those who were not part of a youth employability programme that focused on matching.This kind of training was also positively associated with young people being persistent in looking for jobs.Interestingly, the provision of stipends, formal accreditation and programme duration didn’t play a significant role in improving employment success in this study.Public policy implications These findings provide critical insights into what we need to do to support young people as they navigate their way through the labour market.Youth employability programmes are critical.They are easily accessible, low- to no-cost for young people, and offer support in a context of low investment in employment services for work seekers.But it’s clear that matching is critical.Employers need to be connected with work seekers with the right skills.This could be done by ensuring that existing and/or new labour centres are sufficiently staffed and resourced for young people seeking information and advice.Employers (and particularly small businesses without extensive HR facilities) could also use these services to find employees who are right for them.The evidence also shows that the negative effects of having less than a matric and living outside a metro area can be reduced by participation in a programme that devotes a good deal of time to general workplace and social skills.These general skills are also useful in cases where young people are not matched to a specific employer.The focus on general workplace skills within a programme that also delivers technical training confirms international studies that show how comprehensive programmes are important to support youth from vulnerable backgrounds.Zoheb Khan , Researcher, University of Johannesburg ; Lauren Graham , Associate professor at the Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg, University of Johannesburg , and Leila Patel , Professor of Social Development Studies, University of Johannesburg This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.Read the original article . . The post Opinion: What Could Help Young People Find Jobs In South Africa? appeared first on iAfrica.com .'
Following the completion of the transaction, Braemar will be the largest shareholder in AqualisBraemar with an initial shareholding of approximately 26%, potentially increasing to 33% depending on business performance.
The North-West University has put an end to plans by one of its residences to have singer and right-wing activist Steve Hofmeyr perform at one of their events.
'The North-West University has put an end to plans by one of its residences to have singer and right-wing activist Steve Hofmeyr perform at one of their events.'