The origins. The Spanish Super Cup was played for the first time between October and December 1982. At the premiere of the tournament, the Real Sociedad (champion of the League) defeated Real Madrid (champion of the Copa del Rey). Of the first eight editions, only four were played; The competition was canceled in 1986 and 1987 due to date problems and in 1984 and 1989 it was not necessary to play any match by having achieved two doubles at the Athletic Club and Real Madrid, respectively.“Guest” teams. On March 1, 1996, when the two finalists of the Copa del Rey of that season were already known, the RFEF decided in the Board of Directors that, in case a team was proclaimed champion of the League and the Copa del Rey in In the same season, the Spanish Super Cup would be “invited” to the runner-up of the Copero tournament. The regulation change came, therefore, in conditions very similar to those of last season, also with the well advanced football course and with the finalists of the KO tournament already decided.Atleti-Barça in 1996. Atletico Madrid won the double in the 1995-96 season and faced Barcelona (runner-up Cup) in August. It was the first of the six occasions in which a team was “invited” to the Spanish Super Cup and the first of three times in which the club won the title (Barcelona in 1996, Mallorca in 1998 and Athletic Club in 2015). Curiously, neither Barcelona nor Atlético de Madrid played that 1996 tournament in their respective stadiums. The first were local in the Olympic of Montjuïc, while the second chose the La Peineta Stadium (now Wanda Metropolitano).Barcelona leads the medal winners. The 35 Spanish Super Cup titles awarded to date are distributed as follows: 13 for Barcelona, 10 for Real Madrid, 3 for Deportivo, two for Atlético de Madrid, two for Athletic Club, one for Real Zaragoza, one for Mallorca, one for Real Sociedad, one for Sevilla and the rest was taken by Valencia.Atypical date. The Spanish Super Cup was not played in winter since 1993 (Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 3-1 at the Bernabéu on December 2 and drew 1-1 at the Camp Nou on the 16th of the same month), although this is the first edition that is played in the month of January. It will be the second final played outside of Spain (last year was held in Morocco) and it is the first time that the Final Four model is used for a tournament of this style in any of the major European leagues. Derbis in the Super Cups. Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid have previously faced each other in the Spanish Supercup (2014) and in the European Supercup (2018) and on both occasions they took the title the rojiblancos. The first to double game (see page 3) and the second to single game in Tallinn (4-2 after extension). That match was the official debut of Julen Lopetegui at the head of Real Madrid.In neutral field. Apart from that European Super Cup played in Estonia that won the Atleti, three other official Madrid derbies have been held in neutral field: there was a tiebreaker match in Zaragoza corresponding to the 1958-59 European Cup (Madrid won 2- 1; he would end up raising his fourth consecutive title) and two recent Champions League finals in Lisbon (4-1 for Madrid in 2014, after extra time) and Milan (1-1 and victory in the penalty shootout for the white team in 2016 ).Balance between both. The overall balance of the 274 official confrontations between Atlético and Madrid is very favorable to the whites, who have added 140 victories and 473 goals, while their rival has achieved 68 wins and 348 goals. Although at the end of the single game Atleti has an advantage: it won five and lost three.Infallible in the finals. Zidane has never lost a final in his career as a coach, either single game or double game. He won three of three in the European Cup, two of two in the Club World Cup, two of two in the European Super Cup and one of one in the Spanish Super Cup. His balance against Atlético de Madrid is two wins, five draws and two losses in nine official matches.Closer to Miguel Muñoz. Zidane could achieve today his tenth title in his official match number 187 as coach of Real Madrid (he would go out to a title every 19 games). It would be four wounded to equal the 14 of Miguel Muñoz, who is the most successful coach in the history of the white club.The tenth of Cholo. Simeone faces today his tenth final as Atlético coach. He won six of the previous nine and only lost three (a Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona and the two Champions League against Madrid). Today he could balance his balance in the derby in case of victory (for now he has nine wins, eleven draws and ten losses in 30 clashes against the Real).Beat Luis. Simeone could achieve today his eighth title as coach of Atlético, which would exceed the seven of Luis Aragonés (counting the 2001-02 Second Championship) and become the most successful coach in the history of the club. Only Miguel Muñoz (14 titles with Madrid), Pep Guardiola (14 with Barcelona), Johan Cruyff (11 with Barcelona), Luis Enrique (9 titles with Barcelona) and Ferdinand Daucik (8 titles with Barcelona) beat him in titles with the same club in the history of Spanish football.
MIAMI (CMC): Four new venues have been added to the roster for next July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the confederation announced yesterday. The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas; the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; and Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee will be among 14 venues which will play host to the July 7-26 continental championship staged exclusively in the United States. In 2015, preliminary-round matches were staged in Toronto. “We’re excited to bring the Gold Cup to new markets across the country. These cities have all proved ready and eager to host our region’s marquee soccer championship, and welcome world-class international soccer next summer,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “With matches also set for some of our more popular venues over the years, such as Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, next year’s Gold Cup will highlight the top-tier sporting status of international soccer across the nation.” The Alamodome, the FirstEnergy Stadium and Nissan Stadium will also feature preliminary-round games, while Levi’s Stadium will be one of five venues to stage knockout games. Jamaica, the 2015 finalists, along with CuraÁao, French Guiana and Martinique are the Caribbean teams which have so far secured qualification for the Gold Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Haiti will contest a play-off next month for a chance to secure another berth at the showpiece. Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify, with the four top finishers from next month’s UNCAF Central American Cup wrapping up the remaining places at the 12-nation championship.
A Pakistani was slapped with a fraud charge on Wednesday and taken to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Thirty-seven-year-old Imran Khan of Lot ‘C’ Church Street, Enterprise, East Coast Demerara (ECD), appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and pleaded not guilty to the charge.The charge alleged that between March 5 and March 8, 2019 at Georgetown, with intent to commit fraud, he conspired with others to forge his Pakistani passport stamp in favour of himself, to show that it was issued by the Central Immigration and Passport Office.According to the Prosecutor’s case, Khan entered Guyana via Suriname, but failed to present himself to an immigration officer. The prosecution is contending that Khan then conspired with others to forge a stamp in his passport to show that he presented himself to immigration.Police ranks acting on information contacted the defendant and asked him to present his documents, but during the confrontation, ranks realised the immigration stamp was forged. The defendant was subsequently arrested. On Wednesday, he was released on $200,000 bail and the case will continue on August 14.
As part of its ongoing efforts to provide enhanced air transport in Guyana, Roraima Airways on Friday commissioned its third Britten Norman trislander aircraft into commercial service at a ceremony at its aerodrome at the Ogle International Airport.The aircraft is the second of its kind to be assembled in Guyana by engineers and technicians attached to the Roraima’s Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) and is an investment of over US$700,000.The trislander, which is powered by three engines, was designed by British Engineers and manufactured in the UK on the Isle of Wight.This aircraft is ideal for operations in Guyana since it was designed to operate in rough terrain and take off and land on short unpaved runways.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Roraima Airways, Captain Gerry Gouveia shared his remarks as he highlighted the fact that this aircraft boasts three engines, which is most suitable for short landing strips that are found in Guyana’s hinterland. He added that the aircraft is equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), to improve safety and the improved acquisition means more fly time. The aircraft operated in New Zealand prior to Gouveia’s purchase.“My sons Kevin and Gerry, who are both Canadian-trained aviators, travelled to New Zealand and along with a UK engineer and engineer’s resident there, dismantled the planes and shipped them to Guyana. I watched in awe and total amazement as our local engineers, under the direct supervision of an engineer from the United Kingdom along with inspectors from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) overseeing and certifying every step of the way, expertly reassembled these planes piece by piece. Today both of those planes are once again fully certified and licensed as airworthy by the GCAA,” Gouveia told invitees at the ceremony.“The first aircraft that was reassembled here in Guyana by our local engineers has flown in excess of 1000 flying hours since it was launched into service in 2016,” Gouveia said.“Because of the length of this aircraft’s fuselage, we are now able to transport pipes and other mining supplies without the need to cut the pipes or dismantle the equipment. We fly into the far reaches of Guyana’s hinterland day and night, saving lives and helping to build Guyana one day at a time,” said Gouveia.The CEO also stated that the trislander planes now form the backbone of the company’s operations and its customers have been expressing high levels of satisfaction as it relates to safety.“We have been the first to fully equip all of our planes with the ADSB flight tracking systems which allow not only our own operations centre to watch and track our planes in real time but also allow the air traffic controllers to see and follow our planes from take-off to landing.”Safety, Gouveia emphasised, has always been the hallmark of Roraima’s operations.The ADSB flight tracking system is backed up by the satellite spot tracking device which is also deployed in all of our planes. This device allows us to see and flight follow our plane’s location every two minutes,” the Chief Executive Officer said.Gouveia noted that these investments are sizeable and serve to create more jobs for Guyana’s young aviation and tourism professionals.“We cannot do this alone. We need our Government and its regulatory agencies to continue to work harder at creating the enabling environment so we could operate in a more predictable manner,” he said.The Minister within the Public Infrastructure Minister, Annette Ferguson emphasised the continuous growth in the aviation sector as she congratulated Roraima Airways on their achievements in the aviation industry.Guyana’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) rating has moved from 44.4 per cent to 64.4 per cent, with another scheduled evaluation in November.Also speaking at the launching ceremony, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Desmond Sears indicated that the new addition to Roraima’s fleet addresses the growing need for air services in a developing Guyana.“These flights will enhance our physical links with the hinterland and open up new business opportunities,” Sears said.The Chairman mentioned the complexity and diversity of services offered by Roraima Airways at the CJIA International Airport, which includes ground handling and aviation security to international airlines operating in Guyana as well as the Executive Lounge and airline catering coupled with the provision of international airline ticketing services, domestic tourism services and hotels and resort.Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Egbert Field in his remarks pointed out that his agency serves as both a regulatory and facilitating agency “and as facilitators we are committed to seeing the local industry grow. I will not turn my eye away from non-compliance issues, but it is imperative upon the Authority to ensure that business expands,” he said.Field complemented Roraima Airways on its expansion programme and its ongoing contribution to the country’s development.The Director General disclosed that amendments are currently being made to Guyana’s aviation policy among which is the provision that would require foreign owned airlines serving the country to obtain a local operating licence within six months of being granted permission to service this market. He explained that this amendment would allow such airlines to utilise local staff on board their aircraft, thereby creating job opportunities for Guyanese.
1 Chelsea striker Diego Costa is close to sealing a return to his former club Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain.The 28-year-old has looked certain to depart Stamford Bridge ever since he revealed a text message from Blues boss Antonio Conte, telling him he had no future in west London.Costa would be unable to play for Atletico until January at the earliest due to the club’s transfer ban which prevents them from registering new recruits until 2018.But Chelsea’s top scorer from last season looks undeterred by that fact and has been linked with a loan move to the Chinese Super League in a bid to keep up his fitness until he is able to play for Atleti.Costa’s departure would allow Chelsea to step up their efforts to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club in a move likely to cost upwards of £80million. The 28-year-old is set for a move back to his former club
Letterkenny 24/7 News:As the season begins to wind down the National Series race in Lough Key, Co. Roscommon was another chance for those club members chasing points to gain a few more in order to progress up the National Series rankings. For others it was another day out, racing in great surroundings, in a race that has always been popular among 24/7 club members. The sprint distance race with 400 entrants took place in and around the Lough Key lake and forest park near Boyle. Triona McMenamin was highest placed for the club in the ladies race placing 5th and 1st in her age group. Jack Brennan, Orlaith Fogarty and Sean McFadden were also successful in the age group categories. Jack winning 1st in his group and Orlaith and Sean third in theirs. Congratulations to Lester Speer and Conor Sweeney who completed their first Sprint distance.Club training schedules can be seen on www.letterkenny247.com or on the clubs Facebook page.Lough Key Sprint TriathlonSean McFadden 1.10.35Jack Brennan 1.14.38Paul Dillon 1.15.07Triona McMenamin 1.17.47Martin Donnolly 1.18.48Denis Shields 1.21.10Conor Sweeney 1.24.03Stephen Sweeney 1.26.20Orlaith Fogarty 1.27.49Lester Speer 1.33.46ATHLETICS: SEAN MCFADDEN WINS LOUGH KEY SPRINT TRIATHLON was last modified: September 9th, 2015 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:SportTriathlon
Inishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has said that his office has received numerous calls from worried constituents after the HSE announced that a total of 23 gluten-free foods have been removed from the HSE drugs list.Cllr Murray said that these are essential food items for those with coeliac disease and should not have been considered for removal.He said “I have been contacted by many people with coeliac disease in Inishowen who are deeply concerned about the HSE’s removal of these essential food items from the medical card drugs list. None of those who contacted me were aware that these cuts were coming until they went to buy food. “At least 1 in 100 people have coeliac disease and cannot consume gluten. These people must therefore buy gluten-free foods which can cost up to 5 times the price of similar items.“No one makes the choice to become a coeliac. For the sake of their health they have to consume gluten-free food. Like everyone else, they should be entitled to avail of basic food such as bread – gluten-free bread is not a luxury item.”The Buncrana-based councillor said one man who contacted me, has four other coeliac sufferers in his family.The HSE is now asking his family to spend 5 times what others would, just to eat basic food, he said. “Minister James Reilly is forcing the HSE to make drastic decisions and heap hardship onto thousands of families in Donegal in order to keep up with his cuts. He needs to abandon this destructive course of action immediately.“My colleague Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has committed to raising this issue with the Minister as a matter of priority as soon as the Dáil reconvenes.”http://tinyurl.com/c663jmlHUNDREDS OF DONEGAL PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY GLUTEN FOOD MOVE – MURRAY was last modified: October 1st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Cllr Jack Murraygluten foodHSE
By Paul McGroary: It’s all system go this week for the Donegal Bay Cycling Club as they host the second edition of the Donegal Bay Spring Sportive Leisure event this Sunday April 13th.The first running of the event last year proved to a great success, with more than 200 cyclists turning up to participate, and the feedback received was very positive. The hope this year is to build on the success of the first edition and turn the event into one of the best leisure events in the country.The formula is once again similar to last year with three routes to choose from 50/100/150k. There are small alterations to the route’s from last year with the circuit’s of the Donegal By-pass now excluded.The 50k route now includes a new loop around Ballintra-Laghey whilst the 100/150k route’s has a few new changes, with a section along the coast at Mountcharles, a new loop around Glenties/Maas/Clooney and a new route home via the Ardaghey road from Ardara to Inver. The food stop on the longer routes has also moved to the top of the hill in Ardara just so the cyclists are not faced with a hill straight after the refuelling!!!The scenery on each route is some of the best Donegal has to offer with magnificent coastal scenery and plenty of boglands in the wilds of Donegal. Indeed the scenery on offer proved to be one of the big draws for people attending the event last year, and one of the long-term aim’s would be to turn the event into a major sporting/tourist event that would draw people to Donegal Town and the surrounding areas.With the option of three distances to choose from, the Sportive accommodates a wide selection of cyclists. From those who are just getting into the sport to those who are looking for a real tough challenge. Many sportives don’t really cater to the newer cyclist but the club feel this is an important part of getting more people out on their bicycles. As such the 50km distance is perfect for the newer cyclist. You don’t need a huge amount of training and only a few weeks or so of preparation would probably see the average joe non cyclist capable of completing the 50km route.The other big plus is the Sportive is not a race but more of a fun day out. Yes, there will always be a few who are hammering along but really the idea is that you cycle at whatever pace you feel comfortable. There are no prizes on offer and the reward is just getting out on your bike, enjoying the countryside and the satisfaction you gain from finishing the event.Registration for the Sportive is from 8:30am to 9:30 am at the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town with the cycle starting at 10:00 from The Diamond. Helmet’s are compulsory for participation.There will be a food stop on each route as well as hot food at the finish for those cyclist’s who participate in the 100/150km routes.Further information can be found on the club website Donegalbaycyclingclub.com or the Donegal Bay CC Spring Sportive facebook page. Route Previews:50km Route: The 50km route leaves the Diamond in Donegal Town and heads out the N15 toward Ballyshannon continuing south as far as the village of Ballintra, then it turns left onto the old main road heading north again back towards Laghey. Anyone who has competed in the Donegal Bay Club League will be familiar with this section as it used as the road race circuit. From Laghey the course crosses the Seven arches bridge and heads out on the quiet backroads towards Barnesmore taking in some lovely scenery with a refreshments stop at the old school Barnesmore before hitting the main Donegal-Ballybofey road just before Barnesmore Gap. Across the main road and it’s back on to the back-roads as the route heads west again dropping down past the shore of Lough Eske and continuing on mostly flat roads until it comes out on the N56 west of Donegal Town. The route then turns east back toward Donegal Town passing through the town and finishing at the Abbey Vocational with refreshments and a hot shower awaiting those with weary legs100km Route: Starting at the Diamond, the 100km heads west on the N56 before turning off the main road just before the village of Mountcharles were it drops down to the shore road, past the pier and back up to the Doorin line before rejoining the N56 at Inver. Continuing west through Dunkineely and Bruckless, the route changes direction just before Killybegs at the five points junction, taking a right and heading back toward Ardara where there will be a refreshments stop. Now refueled, the route continues on through Glenties and heads toward Dungloe but cuts off at Maas to do a loop past Kildoney and Portnoo before re-entering Ardara, its down the hill and then left, climbing out of Ardara on the road back to Inver through a landscape of bog and heather. Once back on the N56, its east again toward Donegal Town and finishing at the Abbey Vocational School for the re-energising. 150km: The first part of the long route is the same as the 100km as far as the five points junction but rather than turning off, the long route continues west through the fishing town of Killybegs, out past Fintra and just after the Blue Haven Hotel leaves the main road to take the beautiful scenic Coast road into the village of Kilcar and then onto Carrick. The scenery starts to get more stark now but remains enchanting and beautiful as we head further west before dropping down into the village of Glencolumbkille where we cannot go much further west, instead the route turns east and takes the quiet back road back toward Ardara. Its down the famous Glengesh pass which will come as a relief to many and it’s no time at all to the refreshments stop in Ardara. The remaining part of the route mirrors the 100km all the way back to the finish in Donegal TownALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE DONEGAL BAY CYCLING CLUB SPORTIVE EVENT was last modified: April 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal Bay Cycling Clubroute mapssportive
Tags: KCCA FCNyamityobora FCPhilip Omondi Invitationalproline fcWakiso Giants Proline FC have won the last two editions of the Philip Omondi stadium (file photo)The Philip Omondi Invitational Tournament 2018StarTimes Stadium, LugogoFriday, 14-09-2018-Proline FC vs Nyamityobra FC @12:00pm-KCCA FC vs Wakiso Giants @03:00pmSTARTIMES STADIUM – The third edition of the Philip Omondi invitational tournament will start on Friday afternoon when two time defending champions Proline FC begin the defence of their crown.Proline who were relegated from the top flight at the back of last season will be hoping for better luck this time round under new manager Shafick Bisaso.“We want to try and defend the championship and we will try to give ourselves the best challenge, said Bisaso ahead of the clash with Nyamityobora.“Many will see us as one of the smaller cats because we are now in the Big League but that won’t worry us because we are here to compete.Bisaso and his charges will face a Nyamityobra side which replaced them (Proline) in the Uganda Premier League.Unlike Proline, Nyamityobora are making their maiden bow at the tournament and will hope to use it as a stepping stone for the season ahead.“This is a very good and strong tournament and that is why we have brought our A team to try and compete here, noted Nyamityobora assitant coach Juma Ssekiziyivu.“We hope that everything we learn here will help us as we prepare for the season that lies ahead.This is the very first meeting between the two sides.The other day’s fixture will see hosts, KCCA FC take on another Big League side in Wakiso Giants.The Kasasiro Boys will be hoping they can win their own tournament for the first time after falling short on the last two occasions.KCCA FC definitely go into this year’s edition as favourites and are expected to take it serious as confirmed by their head coach, Mike Mutebi.“We always take every game seriously and am sure we will approach the game against Wakiso and the whole tournament in the same way, said Mutebi.“We are blessed with a huge squad and almost all of them are at the same level so we will mingle around it to try and compete ably.“We hope this tournament gives us a good start as we build up to the league which starts in about two week.Their opponents-Wakiso Giants are making their debut in the tournament, having bought-off Kamuli Park in June.The newly established side will want to use the preseason tournament to try and access their new recruits further as they prepare for life in the ‘Big League.’“We are a new team and the players are also new, said Wakiso Giants assistant coach Ali Kiggundu.“We are still looking for the right combinations and will hope this tournament gives us a good platform as we prepare for the Big League.After Friday’s games, the tournament will continue with two more games on Saturday.Saturday’s fixtures:-Kamuli Park vs Proline @02:00pm-KCCA FC VS Nyamityobora @04:00pmComments
17 January 2012A new Bill gazetted on Monday aims to boost job creation and industrialisation in South Africa’s outlying areas through the licensing of Special Economic Zones (SEZs).Briefing the media in Pretoria on the gazetting of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Bill for public comment, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said special economic zones would expand on the work already done by the country’s Industrial Development Zones (IDZs) and attract more foreign investment.In particular, SEZs would help stimulate industrialisation outside of the country’s main urban areas of Cape Town, Gauteng, Durban-Pietermaritzburg, East London and Port Elizabeth.Focus on innovationDavies said Industrial Development Zones would not be scrapped, but would continue to exist as SEZs under the new Bill.He said that while the focus of the IDZs – based near ports and airports – had been mainly on export industries, the SEZs would expanded on this, and include a focus on innovation and regional development in areas such as science parks, industrial parks and sector development zones.The department is working with various provinces, including Limpopo, Free State and the North West, and potential SEZs have been identified in areas such as light-manufacturing, agro-processing and platinum beneficiation.The department’s IDZ programme was initiated in 2000, and four zones had been designated, with three currently operational – namely Coega near Port Elizabeth, the East London IDZ, and Richards Bay.A fourth IDZ at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg has yet to come into operation, but the department is this year hunting for an international operator to run the IDZ.Davies said the IDZs had so far involved 40 investors, that had invested a total of R11.8-billion and created 33 000 jobs through the construction of these zones and direct employment in firms based there.IDZ review identifies faultsThe new Bill also proposes bolstering the governance and funding of SEZs following the department’s review of the IDZs, which began in 2007.Davies said the department had found that IDZs tended to favour only a few regions, with a narrow focus on supporting infrastructure, and that planning was done on an ad hoc basis, with inadequate co-ordination among key government agencies and stakeholders.Added to this, financing arrangements made it impossible to do long-term planning, while targeting of investments had been poor.To remedy this, the new Bill provided for the setting up of a SEZ fund, as well as a special economic zone board to regulate policy, issue operator permits for SEZs and advise the minister on the zones.The fund is not only intended for feasibility studies, but for incentives as well. The SEZ board would do the advisory work on where incentives would be directed, said Davies.He said investors in these zones would be able to access the department’s 12i incentive, adding that the National Treasury had recently gazetted increased tax benefits that companies could access through the incentive.Saldanha IDZ mootedMeanwhile, Davies said a feasibility study had been conducted on whether to set up an IDZ in Saldanha in the Western Cape, and pointed out that the results had been “quite positive”.The department’s director-General, Lionel October, said the IDZ plan for Saldanha was at a quite advanced stage and that it was hoped that the feasibility study would be completed by June this year. An application would then be submitted to the minister for approval of the IDZ.October said long-term viability – at least 20 years – was a key factor that the department would consider before designating SEZs, including the proposed IDZ at Saldanha.He said renewable energy manufacturing was one of the areas the department’s team was looking at in Saldanha. The department was also considering aquaculture, mineral sands, gas and oil as other sectors that could benefit from the proposed IDZ.Davies explained that a period of public consultation of the Bill and engagement with provinces to identify SEZs and to carry out feasibility studies would start as of this week, adding that the department intended to table the Bill and have it passed in Parliament this year.The Bill will be available shortly through www.dti.gov.zaSource: BuaNews