World Cup guide to transport

first_imgFans attending World Cup matches needto make their transport plans well ahead.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Logan MaistrySpokesperson, Department of Transport+27 083 644 4050RELATED ARTICLES• Transport on track for World Cup• Travelling by minibus taxi in SA• No stopping SA’s Rea Vaya• Gautrain rolling along smoothly• All aboard the Tshwane expressFans attending World Cup matches need to have a clear idea of how they are going to get to the stadium, and back. Find out all you need to know here.It’s important to note that no private cars will be allowed into the stadium precincts, and only people with valid 2010 World Cup tickets for that match day will be admitted into the immediate surrounding areas of the stadiums. The following modes of transport will aid 2010 World Cup ticket holders in getting to the World Cup stadiums:Train – including extended rail services over the World CupBus – focusing on serving the stadium and city stadiumAirport transfer – providing a link to city centres, with onward travel by public transportGautrain (Johannesburg only) – airport to Sandton link will be operational from 8 JunePark and walk – select parking zones will be available for fans to park and walk to the stadiumPark and ride – to the stadium, enabling fans to park and catch a special bus or train to the World Cup stadiumBRT (Johannesburg) – the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit will be operating special World Cup stadium routes for the gamesMeter taxi and vehicle rentals – fans have the option of chartering their own modes of transport to get to the World Cup gamesApproaching the stadium by public transport shuttles and by pedestrian access will be actively promoted, whilst heavy restrictions will be placed on arriving in private vehicles. Each stadium has a vehicle-free, pedestrian-only zone with the closest private vehicle parking areas normally located at least 2-3km from the stadium.During the 2010 Fifa World Cup you can only access the stadium by private vehicle through the Park and Ride facility, or the designated Park and Walk sites, or if you have a parking pass issued with your hospitality match ticket. Unless you are planning to go to the stadium with a ticket for the match, try to avoid the stadium roads.Each World Cup host city is responsible for the transport plans and communications around these plans for fans wanting to get to the city stadium.Detailed 2010 World Cup transport plans for each host city can be found via the links below:Johannesburg – Soccer City and Ellis Park stadiumCape Town – Cape Town StadiumDurban – Moses Mabhida StadiumMangaung / Bloemfontein – Free State StadiumPort Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumNelspruit – Mbombela StadiumPolokwane – Peter Mokaba StadiumRustenburg – Royal Bofakeng StadiumTshwane / Pretoria – Loftus VersfeldSource: Shine2010last_img read more

FNB launches SA’s first banking ‘app’

first_img22 July 2011In a first for a South African bank, First National Bank has launched the FNB Banking Application, an “app” that gives users of smartphones and tablet computer devices easy access to their accounts online.South Africa currently has an estimated 16% smartphone penetration, which according to information technology research company Gartner will ramp up to 80% by 2014. Global sales of tablet computers and smartphones are predicted to exceed PC, notebooks and netbooks in 2011.The app market is also predicted to grow by 60%.The FNB Banking App is available for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices, with an app for devices running the Symbian platform expected before the end of August.“At FNB we are constantly looking at ways to improve on our innovations, staying one step ahead of our competitors and consistently adding value and choice for our customers,” FNB chief executive Michael Jordaan said in a statement this week.“In an increasingly digital world in which smartphones, tablet devices and apps are changing the way we communicate and live, the introduction of the FNB Banking App will enable us to widen our offering allowing us to provide our customers with convenient banking solutions and great user experience.”Immediate secure accessThe app gives users immediate and secure access to their bank accounts, allowing them to view account lists and detailed transactional histories, perform transactional services like transfers between accounts, as well as pay beneficiaries.“The solution will give our customers a convenient, anytime, anywhere digital banking solution, rich in user experience,” said Jordaan. “We are glad to say that this App is a home grown creation and has been developed in house by FNB Connect, the bank’s internal internet service provider.”Value added servicesIn addition to banking services, a few of the value added services include allowing customers to find FNB branches and ATMs using location based services, as well as access to an immediate FNB branch list directory, making free calls to any FNB contact centres and cheap outbound calls to other numbers.The Banking App also has functionality for users to view foreign exchange rates.“We understand the demand for instant and ‘on the go’ banking from our customers and our App provides easy access to banking through a single sign on process. One step is all it takes to safely access your bank account,” said FNB Connect’s Farren Roper.“The App was designed for quick deployment into new and existing markets as it works off any network and off a 3G or WiFi access medium. Smartphone and tablet device users and require mobility and multi-functionality and we designed our App with this user profile in mind.“The App gives the multi-tasker a quick, one stop and convenient banking experience.”To use the service, customers who have Apple devices can download the App from the Apple App store, Android customers from the Android Market, while Blackberry customers can get the App from the Blackberry App World.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brand South Africa’s South African Competitiveness Forum and the Pan-African University Dialogue overview with Dr Kobby Mensah

first_imgBrand South Africa and the University of South Africa (UNISA) successfully partnered to host the South African Competitiveness Forum (SACF) and the Pan-African University Dialogue in a two-day programme on the 11th -12th September 2018 and wrapping up the South African visit with a day-tour in and around Johannesburg and Soweto on the 13th September 2018.The conference brought together academics, and industry representatives from South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria to provide expert input on key issues that impact the competitiveness and reputation of the Pan-African brand. Additionally, to collaborate on finding a way forward in the Pan-African Marketing and Nation Brand research in the era of the Continental Free Trade Area.Further to this, it was important to determine inclusive solutions to the future of education in Pan-African brand marketing for students and educators across the continent.Dr Kobby Mensah from the University of Ghana Business School, a lecturer in the fields of tourism and marketing and one of the panellist at the dialogue, unpacks the two-day programme and his contribution to the dialogue.In a one-on-one conversation, Dr Mensah shared his key highlights on the dialogue, “There is a need for us to collaborate on a number of things, especially as academics, sharing of ideas in areas of study and collaborative research on the identity of Africa, Pan-Africa brand identity. To have a homogenous approach to building and maintaining Pan-African brand identity.”Dr Mensah’s presentation took on the topic of Pan-African identity and some of the ideas he reflected in the presentation was that “As Africa, we are suffering from the problem of autonomous sources of information – news, documentaries and textbooks which do not reflect the truth of who we are. We need to take charge, especially in technology to promote positivity about our countries and the Pan-African identity”As a lecturer he makes sure to challenge his students to advance in digital tourism were they share pictures of their communities, where they blog about their beautiful hidden gems, to influence the African narrative and change perception.When asked about the possibility of a future for a Pan-African brand. Yes, he said; “I definitely see the future and there must be clarity as to what it is we want in terms of a Pan-African Brand. How do we develop a brand that can be accessed within the African space and be able to push into the world?”Dr Mensah was amazed by the information shared by other colleagues and presentations it was “refreshing to see and hear”. This reaffirmed the imperative need for collaborative efforts and changing the principal learnings of what Nation brand is for a country and Pan-Africa.Rounding off the intensive yet informative dialogues, delegates were treated to a tour in and around Johannesburg and lunch served in the popular Lebo’s Backpackers.Dr Mensah encourages Africans to travel their continent and with Ghana, “travellers will be enthralled by the cultural diversity, and the colourfulness of the Ghanaian people and their kente garments”.last_img read more

Spiceworks: Social IT with Advertising – A Winning Combo?

first_imgEarlier this week, Spiceworks took a big step in proving that ad-supported network management tools provide a new world of social IT services that are Web-based, free and even well-liked in the IT community. The company closed $16 million in Series CS funding from Institutional Venture Partners (IVP.) The round included participation from existing Spiceworks investors Austin Ventures and Shasta Ventures.With most online applications, the model works like this: You sign up for a free, Web-based trial. You give it a go for 30 days. If you like it, then you pay for the service on a per-user basis.Almost every SasS provider we talk to uses this model. The model is so predominant that you could end up paying thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in monthly fees for Web-based services. The best plan is to know exactly what you need so you can be efficient with your use of these services. Still, the costs can become substantial when you consider your business requirements.That’s what’s interesting about the Spiceworks approach. It’s a free Web-based application that is supported by advertising. You can pay if you prefer and block out the advertising. The model seems to work. IT users get an application that helps manage their networks and in return are served with relevant advertising.More than 850,000 people have signed up for the service from 196 countries. It’s attracting 1,000 users per day. Technology companies seem to be interested. Spiceworks has thousands of partners developing plugins such as the Intel power manager released last year.Does the Spiceworks approach make sense for Web-based application providers serving the enterprise market? Maybe so. If the advertising is relevant and helpful, perhaps application providers can extend past the free-now-pay-later model that is now so predominant. Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img alex williams Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more