Transport on track for World Cup

first_imgGautrain will be running betweenSandton and the OR Tambo InternationalAirport in Johannesburg.(Image: Bombardier) Government officials believe the transportindustry will meet the demand duringthe World Cup. Prasa’s CEO Lucky Montana and Nazir Alli,CEO of Sanral. LOC CEO Danny Jordaan was also at thetransport media briefing.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Logan MaistrySpokespersonDepartment of Transport+27 083 6444 [email protected] ARTICLES• Travelling by minibus taxi in SA• SA gets tough on traffic crime• No stopping SA’s Rea Vaya• Gautrain rolling along smoothly• All aboard the Tshwane expressBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s public transport is being beefed up ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and will be ready to serve thousands of people visiting the country for the football spectacular, government has said.Minister of Transport Sibusiso Ndebele unveiled the country’s Transport Action Plan for 2010 at a media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport on 20 April. The plan details transport arrangements that have been put in place for the tournament and South Africa’s readiness to cope with the movement of fans, officials and players during the month-long period.“We have constantly emphasised that the Fifa World Cup is not only about sport, it is also more about transport,” Ndebele said. “… We will put our best forward to ensure that all those who use our transport services are able to do so effectively and efficiently.”Almost all modes of transportation available in the country, from air to road travel, will be widely used during the tournament. The Department of Transport, both at national, provincial and local level, has set up various projects to run from as early as 1 June to 31 July.Through the newly formed Operating Managing Entity, the department will facilitate the movement of fans to and from stadiums. The scheme will be responsible for a fleet of 110 79-seater Man Lion Explorer luxury buses “specially procured by government for this event”, Ndebele said.The vehicles, which have already been delivered, form part of a greater fleet of 570 buses to be procured from Man and Mercedes-Benz, all to be used during the World Cup. The entity will also run 800 smaller “midi-buses”.There will be inter-provincial and regional luxury bus transport as well, with pricing ranging between R140 (US$18) and R300 ($40) for a one-way ticket.More than 1 000 drivers will be recruited for the bus fleet, said Ndebele.The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is already operational in Johannesburg, the city that will host the most matches, including the opening and the final. The BRT, dubbed Rea Vaya, operates along dedicated lanes and is currently shuttling people from Soweto to a station closer to Ellis Park Stadium. It will also have a station next to Soccer City, making it easier for fans to reach the action there.Minibus taxis are expected to play a crucial role during the tournament, transporting fans within the host cities. A project similar to Gauride, which Gauteng province set up during the Fifa Confederations Cup in 2009, is expected to involve the entire industry. Last year’s scheme roped in scores of taxis to efficiently transport fans to stadiums in Johannesburg and Pretoria.Improving train servicesTrains are also being lined up to transport football fans. Ndebele said the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will arrange 418 dedicated trains for the tournament. “We want to encourage travel by train during the World Cup,” he said.Metrorail trains are expected to play a more critical role in Gauteng to get fans to Ellis Park in Johannesburg via the renovated Doornfontein Station, which joins the stadium’s precinct.Loftus Station is linked to Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria’s host stadium, and provides a simple gateway. Nasrec Station, currently undergoing a revamp, will be ready in time and will provide easy access to Soccer City.Plans are also in place to avoid massive train delays, according to Ndebele. “A multi-disciplined operational team is currently working on the issue of train delays in certain areas.”The multimillion-rand Gautrain will be up and running during the tournament, with the first phase starting to operate between Gauteng’s Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport in June “to improve mobility of fans and tourists”. The entire project is set to be completed by December 2010.Air travel readyMost airports in the country have been revamped through projects worth billions of rands ahead of the World Cup. The upgraded facilities include two international hubs, OR Tambo and the Cape Town airport, and a range of domestic terminals. The new King Shaka International Airport in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, will be operational by 1 May.Airports Company South Africa has said that all airports will be ready to accommodate the crowds of people expected to visit the country between June and July.Call centre to speed up mobilityGovernment will launch its Transport Command and Call Centre programme in June. The project, to be run from Gauteng, includes a national transport command centre, a call centre and an “interactive” website.The aim is to ensure that “as many people as possible, both locals and foreigners, are able to conveniently access information that will make their lives easier during these exciting and busy times”, Ndebele said.The call centre, which will be open 24 hours a day, will give out information on available transport options and other traffic matters related to the World Cup. It will operate between 1 June and 31 July. The website www.findyourway2010.co.za, which is already running, will also provide relevant information.last_img read more

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Africans on Time magazine’s 2016 100 Most Influential list

first_img29 April 2016The Time magazine 100 Most Influential List – also known as the Time 100 – selects prominent movers in the global political and social landscape. As the magazine explains, those chosen for the list every year are recognised for changing the world, no matter the consequences, good or bad.The list is divided into various fields, encompassing a wide range of professions and impact, namely: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.In 2016, the list includes, among others, British singer Adele, US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Apple’s Tim Cook. Also on the list are a number of African figures.South Africans have featured prominently on the list over the years since it began in 1998, among them Nelson Mandela, Thuli Madonsela and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.This year, there are four Africans on the list: actress Charlize Theron, for her philanthropy; gender activist Jaha Dukureh; Mussie “Father Moses” Zerai, known for highlighting the plight of refugees; and gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege.US born Professor Lee Berger, lead paleoanthropologist behind the research and discovery of the Homo Naledi fossils, discovered at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng in 2015, is also on the list. Berger is based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.In his citation of Berger in the 100 issue, Time science editor Jeffery Kluger calls the Homo Naledi discovery a controversial but important one not only for the science world, but also for the world. The discovery offers another piece of the evolutionary puzzle. If anything, Kluger argues, Berger, his team and their discovery has got ordinary people talking about anthropology again.Wits paleoanthropologist Lee Berger among Time’s 100 most influential people in world https://t.co/ybkPu1917A pic.twitter.com/BWY1EkHjkb— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) April 21, 2016As founder and chief of the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mukwege specialises in corrective surgery for women and girls who have been gang raped. He has treated thousands of women in the region following the brutal second Congo War that ravaged the country and its people for 10 years.In his profile, the wife of current US Vice-president Joe Biden, Jill, writes that Mukwege is “a source of strength and sanctuary in a land of violence and despair during a forgotten war”. Mukwege has won numerous international awards for his important work, including the UN Human Rights prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom from the European Parliament. Biden says Mukwege is “beyond healer to these women and girls, (he) is hope”.Un article a (re)lire de Denis Mukwege dit l’homme qui repare les femmes : https://t.co/H8jYv3YHKu #FI pic.twitter.com/8LAcBaPvIx— Femme d’Influence (@femmedinfluence) April 15, 2016Ethiopian born Zerai is a Roman Catholic priest who highlights the plight of refugees crossing the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. Father Moses, as he is known, advocates vocally for resolutions to the problems that drive people from their homes – namely war, persecution and environmental catastrophes – while tirelessly calling for more humane policies that will help refugees to travel more safely.Chinese artist and refugee activist Ai Weiwei calls the priest’s view that “no one in the world is illegal” a brave and determined stand against xenophobia and political handwringing.Per Time tra i 100 piu influenti c’e Mussie Zerai: «padre per i rifugiati» #TIME100 https://t.co/iLVUSawi7G pic.twitter.com/Zyl73Fmgn9— Avvenire (@Avvenire_NEI) April 22, 2016Since leaving Gambia when she was 10 years old, a victim of genital mutilation, activist Dukureh has made it her life goal to bring the scourge of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the attention of the world.Settling in the United States, Dukureh soon began to petition her local government to highlight the issue in the country’s highest office, and effect a change in the US foreign policies with countries that still practice FGM. She has not only addressed the US Congress and the United Nations’ General Assembly, Dukureh has spoken to communities across her adopted country, as well returned to her native Gambia to educate women and girls on the dangers of FGM.Author Peggy Orenstein says of Dukureh, “she has refused to let horror be silenced”, and has helped to draw attention to something so unspeakable in such a personal way that it has got people talking about it more openly and acting on it. Dukureh’s organisation, Safe Hands for Girls, has recently found support in American gender activist Caitlyn Jenner and cosmetics company L’Oreal to bring the issue to the attention of a wider audience.#Time100 Jaha Dukureh @JahaENDFGM, Gambian activist fought to end female genital mutilation https://t.co/k5DV1z0QL4 pic.twitter.com/5LF3T4FVR8— WomensFundingNetwork (@womensfunding) April 26, 2016Actress Theron’s Africa Outreach Project is more than just a vanity affair, says US entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie in Theron’s Time 100 profile. The project, now in its tenth year, is involved in grassroots support for HIV/Aids awareness and poverty eradication across Africa. Theron is in the thick of things, whether it is campaigning for support in the US – Mycoskie admires her results-orientated tenacity and her determination to never take no for an answer – or on the ground with the people of Africa, including her place of birth, South Africa.“I’ve never met anyone who holds less back,” writes Mycoskie, adding that the work Theron is doing “is important, but the way she goes about it. is just as valuable”.An amazing organisation changing lives through HIV Awareness – Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project pic.twitter.com/0mZV2UKByp— Give IT Back CC (@giveITback_cc) January 28, 2016Source: Time magazinelast_img read more

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5 Ways TV Will Evolve in 2013

first_imgRelated Posts john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout If you were expecting the Internet to upend TV like it mangled the print media business, you may have noticed by now that things aren’t so simple. The Web is very good at delivering text and static images, but when it comes to TV-quality video content, it turns out that cable providers are still much better at that. Internet TV has two serious handicaps: content and the user interface. In 2012, the status quo crept forward in both areas, albeit slowly. Next year, TV will continue its gradual evolution toward something completely different from what we grew up with. Social TV Grows Up The term “social TV” has bounced around tech blogs and media conference halls for a few years now. Next year, the intersection between TV and social media will mature beyond stats and fads and evolve into something that makes a real impact on viewers and show producers alike. The most telling sign that social TV is coming of age arrived just before the close of 2012, when Nielsen announced the first official Twitter-based rating system. It’s not every day a technological force comes along that causes Nielsen to change what it’s been doing since the 1950s. But research has shown that social chatter about TV shows actually correlates with ratings and Twitter itself has been taking its role in television more seriously through media partnerships and launching promotional campaigns for new shows. The concept of the second screen, where additional content can be viewed on a tablet or smartphone, will also evolve in 2013. Nearly 90% of tablet owners use them while they watch TV, but content companies and app developers have had a hard time figuring out exactly how to capitalize on this. Apps like Zeebox and iTV are well-positioned to serve as digital companions to TV viewers, while services like GetGlue and Miso will evolve past the social check-in and move toward content discovery. Meanwhile, we’ll see more social media-fueled content discovery. Personalized “Flipboard-for-video” apps like Showyou, Frequency and Vodio are already changing the way early adopters find and consume Web video and technologies like Apple’s AirPlay puts those socially-curated, lean-back video experiences on the TV. Expect to see this category mature in 2013 as new users flock to these apps. Apple Advances The Internet TV Interface Whether you’re an Apple fan or not, it’s hard to deny the sizable impact they tend to have on most markets they enter. Next year, television will go from being the “hobby” Steve Jobs talked about to an “area of intense interest” for Tim Cook and Apple’s executive team. Apple’s HDTV won’t sell at a rate comparable to the iPad’s explosion. Any expectation to the contrary would be silly, considering Apple is entering a well-established market, not inventing a new one. Whatever they come up with, it will set a new standard for how Internet-based video content is displayed on a TV screen and crucially, how that content integrates with tried-and-true TV programming from traditional providers.  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Apple#Apple TV#Hulu#Netflix#television#YouTube Internet TV’s Original Programming RevolutionOriginal, Web-first TV programming from Internet companies was a big trend in 2012. Hulu, Netflix and YouTube all made major investments in original content, with each one experimenting with Web-only TV shows. Google has already begun weeding out the weakest offerings in an effort to fine-tune its TV-style content offering. The biggest test for the viability of Internet-only TV content will come next year when Arrested Development returns not to the Fox network on which it originally aired, but exclusively to Netflix. This will be the first time a popular show makes the transition from broadcast to Internet-only distribution. Will the new season live up to months of eager hype? How well will the one-season-at-a-time release schedule of Netflix work compared to the staggered airing of a real TV show? Will Netflix see a bump in sign-ups? The success of Arrested Development’s new season will influence future decisions about Internet TV content, especially when it comes to beloved but off-the-air shows. If Netflix scores a big hit with the Bluth family, expect Hulu and YouTube to try and emulate its success. Remote 2.0: The Evolution of User Controls As imperfect as the user interface is for Internet TV, traditional television and cable set-ups aren’t exactly known for their ease-of-use. Just ask my mother when she’s faced with a coffee table full of remote controls.  Apple will likely lead the charge here, but either way, expect the way we interact with TV content to get simplified. Fewer buttons and a more intuitive design are coming to a remote control near you, while on-screen menus get some polish of their own. One company experimenting with simplified remote control design is Bose, whose VideoWave entertainment system has a remote that sports a touch pad and six buttons, shifting most of the commonly-used buttons to the TV screen itself. The remote works with just about any external device, from Blu Ray players and XBox 360 to Roku and Apple TV. TV interface controls will also expand beyond pointing a remote control at the screen. In the future, we’ll interact with TV content using our voices and gesture-based controls. We’re already seeing a glimpse of how this will work thanks to the Kinect on XBox, the iPad and the various Siri hacks developers have created. Indeed, the inclusion of Siri is one of the most frequently-mentioned features of the rumored Apple HDTV. Meanwhile, Google has been baking its ever-more-effective voice search into more of its mobile apps. The Convergence of Mobile and TelevisionIn 2013, expect your TV to look more like your smartphone. The convergence of television and mobile platforms will continue next year, as TV software designers rethink the user interface and AirPlay-style functionality grows more mainstream. As mobile video apps mature and consumers get used to the idea of wirelessly beaming their tablets to their TVs, the line between mobile and TV will blur. Ease-of-use is key here. Hassle-free connectivity of the sort offered by Apple’s AirPlay will enable even the least tech-savvy consumers to connect their tablets to their TVs. The couch is already where tablets get used the most, according to research conducted by Google. And watching video is already one of the most popular activities for which people use their tablets, according to Google, the Online Publishers Association and just about everybody else who’s studied tablet usage behavior. The only missing link was the wireless beaming technology now provided by Apple’s AirPlay and an eventual Google equivalent. Adoption of that feature is dependent on the growth of set-top streaming boxes or, better yet, connected TVs.Top image courtesy of Shutterstock. last_img read more

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