With a theme of Welcome 2010, we expected no less of Durban’s INDABA than a symbolic rolling out of the red carpet to the world and an emphatic “We are ready!”
Host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ set up exhibitions that reflected a strong sense of place and distinct soccer feel, collectively welcoming some 13 939 participants.Read more
At a recent Accelerate Cape Town stakeholder meeting, the issue of Cape Town being a globally connected city was discussed. Any city with aspirations of being a global business centre must be connected to the rest of the world, both through technology and international flights.
The two speakers, Deon Cloete, general manager of Cape Town International Airport, and Brian Pinnock of Dimension Data, talked about what is being done to ensure that Cape Town becomes as connected as any other globally recognised business city.Read more
Despite the UK media being on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome of the negotiations between the political parties following the general election on May 6, this week is important as it heralds the start of the official FIFA World Cup coverage on the BBC and the preliminary England squad has been named. South Africa is very much in the news and judging from the marked increase in the volume of media feeds to my office, this really is the start of the media feeding frenzy.Read more
While in the newsagent’s recently, I was almost knocked over by the mountain of crisp boxes stacked high at the till. What caught my eye were the “South African sweet chutney” and “Dutch edam cheese” flavours huddling close to the “German bratwurst sausage”. But fighting for space was the “Spanish chicken paella” flavoured crisps. Hang on a minute, where is the “English roast beef and Yorkshire pudding”? I rushed home and logged onto WalkersCrisps.co.uk and sure enough, there they all are – all 15 flavours of new World Cup crisps!Read more
Crime and personal safety, as well as expenses, were the main concerns of randomly selected international football fans ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, according to a survey by capeinfo.com.Read more
Following the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland, 63 000 flights have been cancelled since Thursday, April 15, when the travel chaos across Europe began.Read more
With our abundance of wind, waves and sun, the Cape Town region is well positioned to lead the renewable energies charge.
But in addition to new forms of power generation, surely we should be talking more seriously about introducing daylight saving. If people can work out the 2c/kWh levy that was introduced in last year’s budget, they can certainly work out changing their clocks by an hour twice a year.
The main purpose of daylight saving is to make better use of daylight. It was introduced in the US and UK during World War I, when it was adopted to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power.Read more
If I’m an England fan, and I don’t already have a ticket, there’s slim chance I’ll travel to the World Cup now.Read more