Cape Town Stadium with the harbour andpart of the V&A Waterfront at right, withTable Bay beyond. Tourist accommodationnear the city bowl was 90% full in the finalweek of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Skye Grove, communication managerCape Town Tourism+27 21 487 email@example.com• Tammy WhiteRabbit in a Hat Communications+27 21 447 3197 or +27 73 202 firstname.lastname@example.orgMary AlexanderCape Town, foreign tourists’ favourite South African city, is set to enjoy long-term benefits from successfully hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup by building its reputation as a special-events destination in the winter off-season.The city is immensely popular during summer, with its sunny and dry Mediterranean climate, but tourists tend to stay away during its cold, windy and wet winters.“Our focus has never been on the short term benefits of hosting this event, but rather on maximising the long term benefits and changing the opinion the world has of us, converting soccer fans into fans of Cape Town,” said Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, head of Cape Town Tourism.“Our aim is to double the economic impact of tourism by 2020 and the successful hosting of the World Cup in Cape Town in winter will definitely make this target more attainable.”This week Cape Town Tourism is launching a campaign to promote the city as a winter destination, with advertising on radio and billboards in Gauteng province, and internationally on TripAdvisor, a major online travel portal. TripAdvisor named Cape Town one of the world’s top 25 destinations in its Travellers’ Choice 2010 Best Destinations Awards.During the World Cup Cape Town Tourism conducted weekly surveys to determine visitor behaviour, choices and trends, and assess the city’s tourism industry’s attitude towards to event.It found that while tourist numbers and bookings were a lot higher than the same period in 2009, they did not live up to the winter peak season anticipated during the World Cup.Nonetheless, 90% of survey respondents agreed that the tournament had had a positive impact on Cape Town as a destination, and 62% agreed that it had helped to counter seasonality.Felicity Purchase, the Cape Town city council‘s head of economic development and tourism, said hosting major events in the Cape Town winter would help boost the city’s economy.“The City of Cape Town has developed an events policy and is now working on a post-2010 World Cup events strategy,” she said. “Events can play an important role in addressing seasonality, which is one of the greatest stumbling blocks in the development of Cape Town as a year-round tourism destination.”While official visitor numbers have not yet been released, the survey, the results of which have been published online, found that the average occupancy level for the 30 days of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was an estimated 55%, some 15% up on the same period in 2009. Bookings rose by at least 30% over the tournament’s final fortnight, with an average of some 70% for the Cape Town metropolitan area.Tourist accommodation in the vicinity of the city bowl and the Cape Town Stadium obviously benefited the most, with 90% occupancy in the final week of the World Cup.International arrivals at Cape Town International Airport from 11 June to 16 July – the final match was on 11 July – were 24% higher than in the same period in 2009. These included an increase in chartered flights, in addition to scheduled international flights. Domestic arrivals were up by 8%.The V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain cableway and other major Cape Town attractions confirmed that visitor numbers higher than those of the 2009 season. More than that, World Cup tourists spent up to four times as much as regular winter visitors.Cape Town Tourism’s 18 visitor centres reported a 47% increase in visitors from kickoff to the final match of the World Cup compared to 11 June to 11 July 2009, with international visitors up by 77% and locals by 15%.Most international tourists came from the UK and US, but there were also significant numbers from South America and the Far East – new markets for Cape Town that tourism officials plan to expand with media and trade campaigns.“We have to follow up the raised profile that our city has garnered as a result of a highly successful World Cup with real, visible, accessible offers that speak to a world still battling their way through tough times,” said Du Toit-Helmbold of Cape Town Tourism.“We are in a unique and incredibly fortunate position to have seen so much positive coverage on television this year. Now it’s up to us to convert that into tangible tourism results through showing that we offer great value.”
30 July 2013Local government is critical to South Africa’s industrialisation, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the launch of a Bachelor of Economics (Local Economic Development) degree at the University of the Western Cape on Monday.“South Africa needs municipalities that are effective, and developments need to start there,” Davies said in a statement.He said the programme, sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), would help municipalities to stimulate area-based economic development by identifying economic gaps and working with small businesses to close those gaps.“Ultimately this intervention will assist the DTI to achieve its strategic objective of industrial development, competitiveness and employment creation in all corners of the country, ensuring that key economic policies like the IPAP [Industrial Policy Action Plan] are understood and driven at a local level.”Four-year degree programmeThe four-year degree programme is offered by the University of the Western Cape in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg through their B. Econ (Local Economic Development) degree.The programme commenced in 2012 with 26 registered students, of whom 23 have progressed to their second year, with 30 new students currently doing their first year.“Bursaries will be available for the students enrolling for the degree in 2013,” Sipho Zikode, deputy director-general in the DTI’s broadening participation division, said in a statement on Monday.Zikode added that the DTI was currently negotiating with municipalities to take students for in-service training to complete their qualifications.University of the Western Cape vice-chancellor Brian O’Connel said the university was honoured to partner with the government on the initiative, adding that the only way South Africa could address the inherited challenges of apartheid was by developing the appropriate competencies.Capacity building programmeThe degree programme forms part of a comprehensive capacity building programme designed to build economic and industrial development capacity at local government level.It includes a short learning programme, as well as mentorship and research components targeting people already working in municipalities who are unable to attend the full-time degree course.All universities who are members of the consortium have received appropriate training so that they can offer the programme to municipalities and all other interested individuals in their localities.The short learning programme will be offered to municipalities by the University of the Western Cape, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Limpopo, Tshwane University of Technology, Walter Sisulu University, University of Fort Hare and Cape Peninsula University of Technology.The capacity building programme was developed by the DTI in partnership with the South African Local Government Association, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and the Industrial Development Corporation.SAinfo reporter
15 October 2013South African John-Lee Augustyn, who took a break from professional bicycle racing to recover fully from hip surgery, has begun his comeback in his home country and will line up for the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race on Sunday.The former Barloworld and Sky rider has teamed up with multiple South African women’s road champion and Athens Olympian, Anriette Schoeman, in the mixed category to tackle the tough seven-day 550-kilometre race. The pair will race as Team TREAD/32GI.Augustyn has started all three of road cycling’s Grand Tours – the Tour of Italy, Tour de France and Tour of Spain – during his career. At the age of 21, racing for Team Barloworld, he finished 45th in the 2008 Tour de France, showing moments of brilliance on some of the race’s biggest climbs and signalling the promise of a great career.SurgeryHe then raced for Team Sky in 2010 and 2011, but a crash he had suffered in the 2007 Tour of Portugal, which saw Augustyn break the very top of his femur, where it joins the hip, began to hinder him, eventually reaching a point where he required hip resurfacing surgery in 2011. He tried to return to racing in 2012, but realised he needed a longer recovery period and took an indefinite break.Augustyn and his Italian wife Greta Tonoli have been living in Adro, near Milan, where Greta is a fashion designer. Since June, he has been training in Italy in an effort to regain his best form and secure a professional road team contract for 2014.“I’ve been training consistently for the past four months and am happy to report that I have had no injury or health problems. The longer recovery period worked out well, but now I’m itching to get back into the racing scene,” Augustyn said in a statement on Monday.Recent formOn the weekend, he finished fourth at the MTN Crater Cruise on Saturday, a 103km mountain bike marathon in the Free State. He was the main protagonist in the race, which attracted South Africa’s top marathon racers, and he also claimed the King of the Mountains’ prize.“It felt good to go hard again. I didn’t have any team support and misjudged the hot, dry conditions so ran short on fluids and suffered in the last 10 kays, but I’m definitely feeling like the old me again and just need some race-conditioning now,” Augustyn smiled after the race.“Riding the Cape Pioneer Trek in a mixed team will allow me to get into a racing mind-set, but with little pressure.“Anriette has had a great road racing career, but she’s very new to mountain bike racing. She is more a sprinter and I’m more a climber. She is short and I am tall, so we’re going to just enjoy every stage of one of South Africa’s best mountain bike events and see how it goes. Maybe we’ll get a stage podium or two.”‘Crazy’“It’s crazy that one of the most talented bicycle racers ever to come out of South Africa is toiling away on the roads and trails of Italy far from any kind of spotlight, especially when he’s ready to begin racing at the top level again,” said Sean Badenhorst, editor of TREAD Magazine, who arranged for Augustyn’s return to South Africa.“Sure, he won’t be winning the Cape Pioneer Trek, but he’ll be gaining all important confidence and exposure.“John-Lee and the late Burry Stander raced head-to-head as youngsters on both road and mountain bikes, raising the overall standard of South African racing as they grew up. We’ve lost Burry, but we must appreciate and support John-Lee, who many believe still has his best racing years ahead of him,” added Badenhorst.Potential podium contendersOther potential podium contenders on the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek mixed category start list are the 2012 winners, Jennie Stenerhag, a former Swedish national road champion, and Craig Gerber (Asrin Cycling 2); Nizaam Esa and 2011 women’s Cape Pioneer Trek champion, Catherine Williamson (Asrin Cycling 3); and Gerhard Ebersohn and Christine Janse van Rensburg (Peptosport).Also lining up in the mixed division is former South African marathon champion, Cherise Stander, the widow of Burry Stander, and her father, Andre Taylor, in the iride4burry team.The Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek starts on Sunday, 20 October with a 14.8km prologue time trial at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, near Oudtshoorn.SAinfo reporter
After a user enters some basic information about the child, such as the date of birth, the app asks the parent or doctor to hold the stethoscope up to eight points on the child’s chest, “listening” and then uploading the sound file to the cloud. An algorithm then determines whether or notthe child has pneumonia, and advises a course of treatment.That same approach was used to develop Winsenga, which combines a high-performance microphone placed within a Pinard horn, rural Africa’s answer to the stethoscope. Without access to ultrasound machines, doctors and nurses have to rely on their own ears to determine if a fetus is alive, and what problems there might be. The app listens to the heartbeat, diagnoses any problems and issues an alert if needed. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Microsoft#startups 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Rival navigation systems, according to Brueggemann, are reactive: a driver’s GPS device encounters a traffic jam, reports it, is rerouted, possibly encounters another traffic jam, and the process repeats itself. What Nunav attempts to do, he said, was to proactively assign drivers to side streets, so that every driver wasn’t trying to fit through the same high-speed bottlenecks. (It’s worth noting that Graphmasters’ examples focused on cities, where a number of relatively equal alternative routes present themselves.)“A reactive system routes drivers around traffic jams that already exist, and when the traffic jam exists, you already have the problem,” Bruggemann said.All Nunav needs is about 1% of the cars on the road to communicate and respond to create a detailed traffic overview, and about 10% of the GPS infrastructure. “The strategy we’re making is to get our service into the navigation systems alrady in the market, because once we do that it will be very easy to get 10% of users,” Bruggemann said. That doesn’t necessarily mean only Windows Phones, but all GPS devices.And what’s the business model? It’s a new one: Nunav charges for the accelerated route. Yes, it’s only $.10 or so, which Graphmasters promises will be made up for by reduced stress.Stethocloud And WinsengaThe same strategy – the cloud plus a device – drove the introduction of Stethocloud, a nifty app developed by four students from Australia. The team created a digital stethoscope that could be plugged into the audio jack of a smartphone. The goal is to help diagnose and treat pneumonia. Team Vivid from Egypt and Team QuadSquad from Ukraine each won $50,000 to form companies that can access healthcare records from mobile devices, as well as help disabled individuals speak more effectively.The message here is clear: Microsoft is looking for developers focused on using devices as a local sensor and tapping into the cloud for specialized intelligence and additional computing horsepower. Whether it’s Microsoft technology talking to Microsoft services, or something like Symbian talking to an Amazon Web Services hosted application running within Amazon’s cloud, the company sees the combination of local sensors and back-end intelligence as a powerful trend it wants to encourage. Microsoft’s Imagine Cup rewards student innovators with thousands of dollars worth of prizes, the chance to network with other entrepreneurs and valuable experience. But to develop those skills into a viable business can require additional funding, and Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Grant winners, announced Tuesday, now have that.Team Graphmasters of Germany walked away with $100,000 in cash, which the company will use to develop a navigation system using Windows Phone and Microsoft’s cloud technology, Windows Azure. Team Stethocloud placed second, walking away with a $50,000 prize for its mobile-hybrid stethoscope that can be used to detect childhood pneumonia via the cloud.See the similarities? The company is funding startups that combine a client sensor, like a phone, with the combined knowledge of the cloud. In fact, every team that Microsoft funded combined a Windows Phone with Windows Azure.According to a Microsoft representative, each team was judged based on four criteria:Project impact and viability (40%), including whether or not the solution would be technically and economically viable.Team quality and motivation (30%), concerning how the team is structured, and how capable it appears to be to overcome obstacles.Solution design (20%), or how novel the solutuion is.Defining the problem (10%), or how broad the problem that the team is solving actually is.Imagine Cup Grants are a three-year, $3 million competitive grants program that provides opportunity for young people by helping them realize their vision of bringing their technology enabled projects to life, according to Microsoft. Grant recipients receive funding, access to resources and support to help them create a business or nonprofit organization. The Imagine Cup Grants are part of Microsoft YouthSpark, a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years.Graphmasters: Solving Traffic Problems, CollaborativelyAccording to Christian Brueggemann, who is involved in the technical development of the algorithms behind Team Graphmasters, the company began life as an academic project, natch, which competed in the Imagine Cup about four years ago.The company’s first product – originally dubbed “Greenway” and now known as “Nunav,” uses a combination of cloud services and devices not to route drivers to their destination via the shortest, most optimized route, but to send them along a variety of paths to minimize total congestion. That, in turn, can cut the amount of time all drivers spend idling in traffic, reducing congestion and the corresponding increase in greenhouse gases from wasted gas. In a hypothetical example, one car can produce 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide per year – enough that a forest of 200 trees would be needed to consume it all. In total, the CO2 output from the world’s cars would require a forest the size of Australia. markhachman
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The failure to secure the passage of the OBC Bill in the Rajya Sabha, which would give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes, due to the Opposition’s success in getting an amendment cleared, will be one of the rallying points for the BJP to attack the Congress in Gujarat as being opposed to the community.Shah’s meetingBJP president Amit Shah will be addressing a big meeting of OBC communities (there are said to be at least 146 castes belonging to the OBC category across Gujarat) in Fagvel on September 18, an amplification of its campaign for the Assembly polls in the State due at the end of the year.The party is expecting a crowd of around 50,000 at the meeting, important in terms of countering any losses the party may face due to the Patidar agitation for reservation.Cow protectionThe Patel or Patidar community had traditionally voted with the BJP, and the agitation, since 2015, has meant that the party is looking to consolidate other sections of voters.Fagvel is also the site of a temple of Bhathiji Maharaj, a folk hero of the Rathore Kshatriya community, who, legend has it, sacrificed his life for cow protection. Significantly, the temple was also the site from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off his Gujarat Gaurav Yatra in 2002 as Chief Minister.