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Indaba 2010 Overview

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.

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Connecting Cape Town to the world

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.

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The Vibe from Abroad – UK media round-up

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.

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The Vibe from Abroad – The Bunting is Out

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!

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Crime and expenses visitors’ main concerns ahead of 2010 FIFA World Cup™

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.

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The Vibe from Abroad – The most expensive short break ever

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.

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Cape Town Tourism visitor services update

Visitor information centre preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ are going as well as can be expected and those involved are making every effort to be ready in time for the big event.

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Screening matches during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™

The City of Cape Town, in connection with the Cape Town Partnership, has released information to assist hotel, bar and restaurant owners in Cape Town with planning events during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, which starts on June 11.

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Stop wasting time – introduce daylight saving!

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.

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The Vibe from Abroad – Travelling to South Africa is just too complex

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.

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