Northern Cape: Political Parties Upbeat but Business Community Paints Grim Picture

While political parties are upbeat and lobbying for votes ahead of the May provincial and national elections, the Northern Cape business community is despondent.Sharon Steyn, chief executive officer of the Northern Cape Chamber of Business and Industry, painted a grim picture."There are no tangible investments and businesses are closing shop."She said what was needed was fixed rates and taxes for investors in the province. Community service delivery protests had hit businesses hard because the provincial government had not provided contingency plans and security for businesses.Steyn said the Northern Cape was not so much a tourist attraction but rather a "historical destination". She wanted industries and factories to replace the empty veld along the province's roads, saying the vast distance could be connected if dams, factories and substations were built.Steyn said the province was home to the beautiful Namaqua flowers, the Augrabies Falls, the three-day Maloof skateboarding competition in Kimberley and the Magersfontein Bloodhound Super Sonic Car route, which was internationally renowned for testing new high-speed vehicles.Steyn said the province's true potential and capacity was hindered by the provincial government's "lack of communication and poor management skills".She said water supply was switched off at 8pm in Kimberley because of the lack of proper infrastructure."Look at Upington: That city is very clean, compared with Kimberley's dirty water, potholes and burst pipes." Steyn proposed that the government should employ a water purifier called the "blue job system" to turn the tide on filthy water in Kimberley, where the council got its water from the Newton Reservoir. "Instead of bringing the Chinese to hand over food parcels, the government must get their house in order through meaningful investments to help create jobs."The provincial chamber's unemployment statistics stood at 40%.Meanwhile, the Frances Baard Business Forum was at its wits' end about the construction of the new Sol Plaatje University, which was established in 2014. Local and emerging contractors accused the government of overlooking them in favour of "outsiders". Sheldon Bojosi, from the forum, pointed out that local businesses were not benefiting from the R350 million which was set aside to complete the construction of the university in Kimberley."We are in the process of petitioning the education department as those at the helm of the university are outsiders and look out for those that they know from wherever they come."However, a local project manager, who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, told City Press that Moroka House, a student residence, was collapsing because of poor workmanship by outside contractors.The university's director of planning and infrastructure, Christine-Ann Paddon pointed out that the university had developed relationships with nine local subcontractors "These are black and female subcontractors from around Ritchie [a town just outside Kimberley]." She said there were guidelines set out by the government which had to be followed."We can't go against the legal grading system and procurement guidelines of the construction and development board or get funding from Treasury if we go against the legal grading system."In our view local contractors see the potential to do business but they often do not meet the requirements," she said.

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Do you know your RO purifier can last for as long as 10 to 15 years?Do you find this a little hard to believe?Well, that's quite possible and from our experience, we've seen many RO purifiers last as long.Any good-quality RO purifier can easily last for such a long period if it is properly maintained.Proper maintenance of the RO purifier will not only make it last longer but will also ensure clean and safe drinking water.If you have been neglecting your RO purifier for long then you are risking the health of your family members as they may end up drinking contaminated water.Here are some useful tips on how you can maintain your RO system for effective, trouble-free, and long-lasting operation.The first and the most basic tip for proper maintenance of your RO water purifier is to read and follow the guidelines given in the user manual.All RO purifiers come with a user manual. Most reputed brands have detailed manuals that provide complete details on installation instructions, purifier's working, parts, dos and do not s, and tips on maintenance.A good user manual will also have information on common errors and their solutions and the standard schedule for replacing filters and cartridges.The manual will help you maintain and keep your water purifier in perfect condition. It can also help you avoid unnecessary visits from the RO technicians as a lot of common issues can also be resolved by referring to the instructions in the manual.That's why you should always keep the user manual safe and not throw it away in the dustbin.Timely replacement of the filters and membrane is the most essential requirement for the effective maintenance of your RO water purifier.The easiest way, to find out the replacement schedule of all the filters and membranes, is to look for the information provided in the user manual.RO purifiers have several stages, the user manual will provide you all the information regarding which all filters are used and when they should be replaced.Filters and membranes need to be replaced periodically because the contaminants from water get deposited on the filter surface. Over a period of time, the deposits ultimately choke the filters. This reduces the filtration capacity and degrades the quality of water.If your water purifier takes a very long time to fill the storage tank then you need to get the filters and membrane checked and if required replace them.If you do not replace the filters on time, the impurities deposited on the filter surface may ultimately be transferred to the purified water.Choked filters and membrane lead to unnecessary wastage of electricity as they reduce the purification capacity i.e. the purifier will have to run for more time to purify the same amount of water.In addition to wastage of electricity, a choked RO membrane would also result in increased wastage of water as a choked membrane produces more wastewater than a RO membrane that is working fine.Apart from improving the purification capacity and water quality, timely replacement of filters and membranes will also save water and electricity.Over the years, there has been a lot of advancement in RO water purifiers. Some of the advanced purifiers, like Kent Grand Plus, Kent Superb Star, HUL Pureit Copper, etc., now feature 'Filter-change' and UV failure alarms. This technology alerts you in advance if a particular filter needs to be replaced.Below is the standard replacement schedule for the common filters and RO membrane.* The standard replacement schedule may vary for different brands and models. For the exact replacement schedule please refer to the user manual.* If the water has a very high level of impurities, high TDS level, or if you use your RO purifier to purify large quantities of water, then the filters and RO membrane might need to be replaced earlier than the given timeframes.* For an average Indian household of 4-6 family members.Another often overlooked yet important part of proper maintenance of your RO system is the cleaning of all internal pipes of the RO system. An RO system uses several connecting pipes that move the water from one purification stage to the other.Ideally, these pipes should be cleaned at a time when the filters are being replaced by the technician.There are very high chances of microbial contamination if the water is stored for too long. The first sign of microbial contamination is the foul smell and taste. Therefore it is essential that the water storage tank is regularly emptied and filled with fresh water.That is why we always advise you to turn off the water purifier and empty the storage tank if you are going out of the house for a while.Since sanitization and cleaning of the tank may require some assembly and disassembly, it is best to get it done when you call the service technician for filter replacement or service.A typical RO system requires a thorough cleaning of the tank, once a year.You should immediately call a trained technician as soon as you notice any drips or leakages. Leakages can seriously damage your water purifier if not fixed promptly. Leaks and drips also lead to unnecessary wastage of water.There can be several reasons for drips and leakages in a water purifier, like pipes not connected properly or broken, or a malfunctioning part.A thorough check of the water purifier by the technician can easily reveal the cause of the leakage and avoid any further damage to the water purifier.5. Keep the Exteriors of the RO System CleanApart from cleaning and sanitizing the internal parts, you should also keep the RO purifier's exterior clean. This will not only help you keep your purifier looking brand new but will also reduce the chances of water contamination.Not sure, how?All RO purifiers have an external tap for dispensing water stored in the storage tank. And if the tap and the area around the tap are not kept clean, then it may result in water getting contaminated while dispensing.Therefore, it is essential that you keep the external surface of the purifier neat and clean, especially the area around the dispensing tap.6. Get it Serviced by a Good TechnicianIf you want an efficient and trouble-free RO water purifier then we recommend getting it serviced by a trained professional after every 6 months. Make sure you choose the services of an authorized technician of the brand or someone you trust.Regular servicing will maintain the purity of water and greatly reduce the chances of any serious problem with your RO purifier.As discussed before, the timely replacement of filters is an important part of proper maintenance. Always opt for genuine and high-quality filters and parts because an RO purifier is as good as its filters. Moreover, you would not want to risk your health with cheap and unreliable filters you can not trust.Money-Saving Tip: Opt for an AMC for your RO purifier after 2 years for your peace of mind and to save on the maintenance cost. Most costly parts, like RO membrane, water pump, and UV, generally do not need replacement before 2 years.If you are someone who takes your family members' health very seriously then it's time you understand the importance of proper maintenance of your RO water purifier.Maintaining an RO purifier is not that difficult. Simply follow these tips to keep your water purifier working in perfect condition.diesel F250, Starts, runs about 2-3 minutes then quits. Starts back after a few minutes. New filter replaced?What filter, if it's the fuel filter it may have a bad seal and is getting air into the fuel system
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