Here’s where South Africans can travel without a visa

first_imgSouth Africa has the most powerful passport on the African continent, with its citizens able to enter a full 90 countries across the world without a visa, and able to gain a visa on arrival at a further 31 countries.(Image: Pixabay)Brand South Africa reporterThis is according to the international Passport Index, which ranks passports of the world according to their total visa-free score. On the index, South Africa ranks at 48 – in the top-50 most powerful passports in the world.If you’re planning an international holiday, here is a handy guide to the countries South Africans can travel to without a visa, where a visa is issued on arrival, and where a visa is required.Countries visa-free to South AfricansAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaBahamasBarbadosBelizeBeninBotswanaBrazilChileColombiaCosta RicaDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorFijiGabonGeorgiaGrenadaGuatemalaGuyanaHaitiHondurasHong KongIndonesiaIrelandIsraelJamaicaKenyaKosovoLesothoMacaoMalawiMalaysiaMozambiqueNamibiaNicaraguaPalestinian TerritoriesPanamaParaguayPeruPhilippinesSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSingaporeSouth KoreaSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSwazilandTanzaniaThailandTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaUruguayVanuatuVenezuelaZambiaZimbabwe Visa on arrival for South AfricansArmeniaBoliviaBurundiCambodiaCape VerdeComorosDjiboutiEthiopiaGuinea-BissauIranJordanKyrgyzstanLaosMadagascarMaldivesMarshall IslandsMauritaniaMauritiusMicronesiaNepalOmanPalauRwandaSamoaSeychellesTajikistanTimor-LesteTogoTurkeyTuvaluUganda Electronic Travel Authority visa required for South AfricansIndiaSri Lanka Visa required for South AfricansAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahrainBangladeshBelarusBelgiumBhutanBosnia and HerzegovinaBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoCameroonCanadaCentral African RepublicChadChinaCongoCongo (Dem. Rep.)Cote Divoire (Ivory Coast)CroatiaCubaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkEgyptEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaFinlandFranceGambiaGermanyGhanaGreeceGuineaHungaryIcelandIraqItalyJapanKazakhstanKiribatiKuwaitLatviaLebanonLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedonia (FYROM)MaliMaltaMexicoMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMoroccoMyanmar [Burma]NauruNetherlandsNew Zealand (from 21 November 2016)NigerNigeriaNorth KoreaNorwayPakistanPapua New GuineaPolandPortugalQatarRomaniaRussian FederationSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSierra LeoneSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth SudanSpainSudanSurinameSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTongaTurkmenistanUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited States of AmericaUzbekistanVatican CityViet NamYemen Updated 14 October 2016Source: South African Department of Home Affairs Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Free Online Calculators for R-Values and Costs

first_imgData come from a variety of sourcesSisler says the algorithm used in the calculator is based on the same method described by John Krigger in Residential Energy, supplemented with material from both ASHRAE Fundamentals and RESNET standards.As to the estimated costs of various assemblies, he says information comes from Ekotrope’s internal research and from projects the company has worked on. Users can edit the values if local costs are different. The cost values are updated periodically but not on a regular basis.The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Envelopes Program also offers several online calculators, including one for estimating whole-wall R-values. They’re also available online for free. A team of software developers is offering a free online calculator you can use to compare the thermal performance and cost of a variety of roof, floor, and wall assemblies.Ekotrope is part of a larger application of the same name that the company sells to residential designers. Nick Sisler, one of Ekotrope’s founders and a product development engineer at the company, said by e-mail that the full version of the software is accredited as a HERS rating tool.The company would clearly like to sell you their software. But if you’re not interested in buying into the full application, the calculators provide a quick way of comparing different combinations of materials.Change the type of insulation, from high-density polyurethane foam, let’s say, to cellulose and the calculator instantly reflects changes in R-value and cost per square foot. A series of drop down menus lets users adjust a variety of values, such as stud depth and spacing, and the type of sheathing and cladding.Sisler says the calculator determines the effective R-values for conduction and convection but does not take into account bulk air movement. As a result, the effects of air leaks in a wall or roof assembly can’t be factored in.“Though somewhat limited, it is still useful in understanding the effects of thermal bridging and also for quickly comparing different materials from an insulation and cost basis,” Sisler’s e-mail said.last_img read more

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Music and Production Assets for Unforgettable Wedding Videos

first_imgGet Perfect Wedding MusicWhatever stylistic approach your clients request for their video, your music choices help you achieve it. That’s why when we curated our wedding playlist, we made sure to cover a wide range of styles, including indie vocal tracks, feel-good instrumentals, and plenty more.All tracks are royalty free and 100 percent copyright clear. You just need to pick up a music license, and then you can reuse your tracks in as many projects as you need. So even if you have multiple wedding videos lined up, one track can go a long way! Great wedding video music is just a step away. Music, video elements, free tools, and more. Your video plus PremiumBeat is a match made in heaven.Wedding season will be upon us before you know it. For videographers, that means there’ll be wedding video shoots to schedule and some serious editing to do.Every little bit of preparation you can do — for both the actual shoot and the post-production phase — can give you an advantage in this competitive field. To make sure that you’re well-equipped for the upcoming season, we’ve compiled all our favorite tools for wedding videographers, including royalty free music, video assets, stock footage, and helpful freebies.In other words, here’s everything you need to get ahead of the game and make jaw-dropping wedding videos. Ultimate Wedding Video Guide + FreebiesFrom managing client expectations and contracts to creating a high-quality end product, our Wedding Videographer’s Guide shows you all the professional wedding video tricks and secrets.Plus, you can download a free shot list, equipment checklist, light leaks, and more! When the big day comes around, you’ll be ready.Stunning Wedding After Effects TemplatesOur friends over at RocketStock have bundled together a collection of After Effects templates, each designed specifically to enhance wedding videos.With their Wedding After Effects Bundle, you can give your project an extra layer of elegance with logo reveals, slideshows, titles, and more. Check out the bundle now!Miss a shot on the big day? Add the finishing touches to your wedding video with HD and 4K stock footage from Shutterstock.last_img read more

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India win men’s doubles gold in tables tennis

first_imgIn a historic first, India’s men’s doubles team won the Commonwealth Games gold, beating Singapore in a hotly contested five-game final.Achanta Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha had conceded the first game before rallying hard to win three out of the next four games.Ning Gao and Zi Yang let the match slip in the third game, which they lost 11-4 after being down 7-0 just a few minutes into the game.The Singaporeans fought back, winning the next game 11-5 and taking the match into the decider. It was a closely contested one.India, trailing by two points, levelled up at 8-8 before sealing the win.The two Singaporeans had beaten Sharath and Saha in the men’s singles semis.Yang had beaten Sharath in a see-saw semifinal that was decided in the seventh game.Sharath led 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 and needed to win just one more game before Yang bounced back to win two consecutive games.Ning had proved too powerful for Saha, who couldn’t win a single game in the semis, losing 2-11, 2-11, 9-11 and 7-11.last_img read more

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Public Service Commission Approves Solar Project at Georgia Marine Corps Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Georgia Public Service Commission this week approved the construction of a 46-megawatt solar plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, marking the fifth Georgia military installation slated to host a new solar farm.The Marine Corps is still negotiating a final deal with Georgia Power, which will construct the facility at the southwestern Georgia installation and distribute the power generated to its customers, reported the Albany Herald.Contracts for solar facilities at Forts Gordon, Stewart and Benning, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay have already been approved. Georgia Power will construct all of those projects. The Marine Corps plant will be completed by the end of 2016 and have a 35-year life, commission officials said.The project will further the Marine Corps’ goals for shifting to renewable energy sources and improving energy security. It also could improve the base’s standing in a future BRAC round, according to Commissioner Doug Everett. “We hope these projects at our Georgia military bases will also offset any future plans for base closures,” Everett said.With recent drops in the cost of building solar facilities, Georgia Power was able to meet the commission’s requirement that the cost of new energy plants not exceed the utility’s avoided costs, according to the story.“The commission is proud to be able to play a role in improving national security, increasing energy independence and supporting our Georgia bases,” said Commission Chairman Chuck Eaton.last_img read more

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