2010 media hub at Nasrec

first_imgTamara O’ReillyApart from being one of the host cities for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Johannesburg will also be the location for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) where journalists and broadcasters from around the globe will be stationed to broadcast the event.About 14 000 media personnel, including commentators, camera crew, journalists and technical staff, who are expected in the country in the run-up to and during the 2010 Fifa World Cup will use the 30 000 square metre Nasrec Expo Centre, one of the city’s oldest and largest exhibition centres, as their headquarters.The expo centre is located less than two kilometres from the FNB Stadium which will host the opening and final matches of the tournament. The South African Football Association headquarters as well as the Fifa headquarters and Local Organising Committee for the event are located here.A key feature of the area is its strategic location with regard to infrastructure such as transport, roads and the provision of power, water and sanitation. It is situated close to other accommodation facilities as well as to other stadiums which will be used as training venues for World Cup teams.Almost four billion spectators worldwide will rely on this communication hub to broadcast the games in 2010. According to Fifa figures, the final match of the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany between Italy and France was seen by 715 million people – an increase of 15% from the previous tournament held in 2002. The IBC set up in Munich broadcast images and reports of the 2006 event to more than 120 television and radio stations in 190 countries to a cumulative audience of over 26 billion people across the world.Johannesburg is already the primary broadcasting hub for international and local television and radio as well as home to almost 60% of all information communication technology enterprises in South Africa.The City of Johannesburg also announced a R120 million investment plan that will see a hotel being built in the vicinity of the expo centre to accommodate journalists and the IBC support staff. Expected to have 500 rooms, the hotel will be completed in time for the Confederations Cup in 2009. In addition, an exhibition and film centre, offices and retail buildings, and an events facility will also be constructed at Nasrec.The expo centre will house the host broadcast services logistics offices, and all South African, Asian and European broadcasters. According to a press release issued by the City of Johannesburg, included in the high-tech facilities that will be constructed at the IBC are satellite teleport and telecommunications infrastructure which will support 40 gigabytes of data per second to be transmitted.“As you know, I am a supporter of modern communication and this IBC will be one of the most advanced centres of information in the world,” said Fifa president Sepp Blatter via video feed at the announcement. “Through a sophisticated network dedicated for this event, it will be linking the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa to the rest of our football family all over the globe. This way it will also create a legacy far beyond the event in terms of telecommunication infrastructure for the country.”The communications hub is expected to add at least R513.7 million in revenue to Gauteng’s gross domestic product and will create more than 3 000 temporary jobs.Useful linksFIFASouth Africa 2010Expo Centre City of Johannesburglast_img read more

New houses for Elliot Dale residents

first_img2 October 2012 After years of waiting, residents of Elliot Dale in the Eastern Cape have finally received new houses to replace the mud structures they used to call home. Two hundred houses were recently handed over, in the first phase of the a multi-million rand Elliot Dale Rural Sustainable Human Settlements Project, to beneficiaries who qualify for the government housing subsidy grant, falling in the R3 500 to R7 500 income bracket. While phase one saw the construction of 200 units, phase two will result in another 800. At the end of the project, 7 000 new homes will have been built, along with new sanitation, a sports field and a community centre. Eastern Cape Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August, who handed over the houses, said it marked an important era in the rural development agenda for Elliot Dale, Mbhashe and the broader Eastern Cape. “This handover will clearly contribute to an improved household life and a complete human settlements project with a sport field and a community centre for this village. This is one of the few projects to have such amenities in our province,” Sauls-August said. The MEC urged those involved in the project to work hard to ensure that people were not forced to wait any longer than they had to for the services they had a right to. The project had created 25 job opportunities for semi-skilled labourers, 22 for skilled labourers, 64 for youth, 68 for women and 90 for men. With 7 000 beneficiaries expected to have new houses by the time for project is complete, many more employment opportunities are expected to come the way of local people. In July 2011, the Cabinet had identified the 21 poorest district municipalities throughout the country, and the Amathole District – under which Elliot Dale and the Mbashe Local Municipality fell – was among these. A number of projects were being implemented in the area. These included household water connection across the Mbashe Local Municipality, including Elliot Dale; a housing project in Elliot Dale and the completion of 25 household gardens. In addition, 50 hectares of arable land had been cultivated, and the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform was supporting the Elliot Dale community with agricultural inputs, with 10 km of fencing of arable lands having been completed and 15 cooperatives having been registered. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Activation Gallery – Northern Cape

first_imgTT Lekalake Primary School in the village of Bathlaros near Kuruman will receive the library, which was built by non-governmental organisation Shout SA. The activation comes in time for the new school year. Play Your Part aims to motivate and inspire learners by creating excitement around reading and the importance of education.Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singer Danny K and kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane, both of whom will be in Kuruman for the library opening, to find ways of making the country safer for all. Now, the NGO is focusing on education for children.         Read more: Northern Cape building of new librarylast_img

Ohioans recognized with national scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest BASF, in partnership with industry-leading commodity associations, awarded academic scholarships to 12 passionate and motivated agriculture students. Along with the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Sorghum Producers (NSP), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF), BASF presented the scholarships to recipients during a ceremony at the 2017Clare Sollars from Fayette County and Matthew Klopfenstein from Paulding County received scholarships from BASF and the American Soybean Association and the National Wheat Foundation at Commodity Classic.Commodity Classic tradeshow in San Antonio.“These students have shown a commitment to the future of our industry through their enthusiasm for learning and desire for sustainable agriculture,” said Neil Bentley, Director of Marketing, U.S. Crop, BASF. “The growth of agriculture starts with promising students like these, and we look forward to seeing their impact.”BASF and ASA presented the 11th ASA Soy Scholarship to Clare Sollars of Washington Court House. The Soy Scholarship is a $5,000 award presented to an exceptional high school senior who thrives in both academics and in leadership roles. Students must also plan to pursue a degree in an agriculture-related field at an accredited college or university to receive the Soy Scholarship. Clare will pursue a bachelor’s degree in food engineering at  The Ohio State University’s College of Agriculture and College of Engineering.“Right now I am valedictorian of my class. I’m involved with FFA and 4-H and I play volleyball and swim. I am from Fayette County and I grew up on my family’s grain farm,” Sollars said. “We grow corn wheat and soybeans and that is where I got my passion for agriculture.”The Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship aids both high school and college students with a track record of success and motivation inside and outside the classroom, and who are dedicated to a career in agriculture. The late Jerry Minore was a BASF Senior Market Manager and a liaison to the wheat industry. Since his unexpected death in 2012, BASF has partnered with NWF to fund scholarships and honor his advocacy efforts for wheat growers. This year, the Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship committee awarded four students, including Matthew Klopfenstein of Haviland, Ohio — a sophomore student at The Ohio State University in Columbus pursuing a degree in biological and agricultural engineering. He is a former Ohio FFA president.“I am specializing in power machinery systems,” Klopfenstein said. “One day I hope to work for an ag equipment manufacturer. I grew up on a family farm with corn soybeans and wheat and we do some forage production as well. I was really involved in FFA and 4-H.”last_img read more