Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the2010 Fifa World Cup organisingcommittee, presents UN secretary-generalBan Ki-Moon with a South African nationalfootball jersey during their meeting at theUN headquarters in New York.(Image: 2010 OC)MEDIA CONTACTS• Delia FischerFifa Media Officer (2010)+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 2010 [email protected]• Wolfgang EichlerFifa Media Officer (2010)+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 471+27 11 567 [email protected]• Rich MkhondoChief of Communications2010 Organising Committee+27 83 201 [email protected]• Jermaine CraigMedia Manager2010 Organising Committee+27 83 201 [email protected] ARTICLES• Star-studded concert for 2010• Stadiums ‘on track’ for 2010• Ships pitch in for 2010• Get kitted for Football Fridays • 2010 final draw accreditationMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterWith the United Nations General Assembly passing a resolution in support of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has urged tournament organisers to take advantage of the unique opportunity it offers to change Africa’s image.“There is great power in this. It is a time to present a different story of the African continent, a story of peace, democracy and investment,” Ban said at a meeting with Danny Jordaan, the organising committee’s chief executive, at a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on 21 October.Ban reminisced about his native Korea Republic co-hosting Asia’s first Fifa World Cup with Japan in 2002, saying the tournament was about far more than the 90 minutes on the pitch – it touched every corner of the globe.Referring to Korea’s own history of conflict, he said the game of football, more than any other sport, united people and built solidarity and consensus. He said the 2010 event would do the same for South Africa.Jordaan said the World Cup would play an important role in consolidating the new South Africa. “The World Cup is a dream that began in 1994, the first year of our democracy, and is part of our ongoing efforts as a nation to build unity in our country,” he said.“Peace is not just the absence of war. Peace is creating circumstances that create hope. The legacy of this World Cup embarks on changing the circumstances of many people through its social legacy projects, job creation and advancements in telecommunications and infrastructure.”It was an important week for the organising committee, with the European playoffs draw on Monday and Soccer City, the World Cup’s showpiece stadium, being inaugurated at a roof-wetting ceremony on Wednesday. The week also saw the General Assembly passing a unanimous resolution to endorse the 2010 tournament as a platform for social development and peace across Africa.Jordaan invited Ban to attend the 2010 Fifa World Cup, to experience Africa in celebration.“The UN Secretary General must not only come to the continent when there is war, when he wants to talk about Darfur,” Jordaan said at a media briefing after the meeting. “He must come to Africa when Africa celebrates, when Africa excels. When there is good news, he must always be there.”Baso Sangqu, South Africa’s ambassador to the United Nations, praised the support the General Assembly had given the country’s World Cup efforts.“This resolution is the first of its kind and underpins the global support to the commitment of South Africa to not just make this another sporting event, but to ensure that it is based on the agenda for peace, development and stability for Africa – in the hope that these benefits will trickle through far beyond the final whistle,” he said.“This resolution will continue to energise and engage the United Nations to walk this path with South Africa and Africa.”
Johannesburg, Wednesday 2 October 2013 – Brand South Africa is pleased to join the City of Joburg in welcoming all delegates to the 2013 One Young World Summit which opens at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, later today. Since its inception, the Summit has become the world’s largest youth forum.The Summit, which runs from 2-5 October, will bring together 1,500 young leaders from over 180 countries to deliberate on issues affecting youth of the world in particular, and all global citizens in general.Brand South Africa, with a view to participating in the development of future leaders, has sponsored five young people to attend the Summit. The energy and vitality of young people will be crucial in driving the country’s developmental agenda, including the spirit of volunteerism and active citizenship.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola will participate in the summit, as a counsellor. “We welcome the One Young World delegates to our country. They are all agents for positive change and we are encouraged by the leadership qualities these young people possess. Next year South Africa will mark 20 years of democracy. Importantly, those born in 1994, 1995 and 1996 will have the opportunity to vote for the first time. We must encourage the youth to vote in the upcoming elections, to ensure the durability of our country’s democracy.” said Mr Matola.The Summit’s sessions will focus on education, global business, human rights, leadership and government, sustainable development and youth unemployment.Note to editorsThe five delegates Brand South Africa has sponsored to attend the One Young World Summit are:Zanele Mabaso: Current lead mentor for Project 90×2030, that reaches out to young people to achieve sustainable development. Branch chairperson of Young Women’s Social Entrepreneurs and founder of the Young Social Entrepreneurs Academy.Luvuyo Mandela: Involved in building an advisory service that helps corporates better engage with social communities, to unlock more gains for both parties. He is also working on a project called Skew Circle, aimed at building global citizens, based in our townships and rural communities.Raelene Rorke: Co-founder of SpringAGE, a movement of young people collaborating with government and private businesses, to innovate priority sectors in South Africa. SpringAGE’s work is based on South Africa’s National Development Plan.Thembi Graham: Works with non-profit organisations, the Fairytail Foundation and Team Cribnotes. The Fairytail Foundation offers reading classes and supplies some schools with books for their libraries. They also have holiday programmes to keep children off the streets.Aslam Levy: Has recently taken up the position of Director: Social media at Government Communications. He has completed the national social media strategy and is integrating social media into government communications. There has already been a marked increase in followers and citizens interacting with the government on these platforms.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.com Ends
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When we wrote last week about “4 Tools for Assessing Cloud Performance,” we asked for suggestions about other resources that can help companies monitor and evaluate cloud services. And we asked for suggestions as to what factors, in addition to cost and performance, might be important to weigh when making business decisions.Jeffrey Abbott, Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Cloud Customer Solutions Unit at CA Technologies wrote a blog post in response: “Comparing the Relative Quality of Cloud Services – Is a single metric enough?” In it, he argues that not only are one or two variables insufficient, but that different parameters matter to different people. As such, a more robust index to evaluate cloud services needs to be developed.CA Technologies started work on such a project, which has now been handed over to Carnegie Mellon University so that it can be an independent tool built not by one vendor but by a broader online community.Cloud Commons and the Service Measurement Index The Service Measurement Index (SMI) is a method designed to measure the end-to-end customer experience for any number of cloud services. The SMI will allow organizations to evaluate any number of IT services available to them, regardless of whether those services are provide internally or sourced to outside companies. The index measures services on six metrics, including quality, agility, risk, cost, capability, and security. And it allows users to weight the importance of these different factors, depending on their definitions of what constitutes “good service.” After all, for some companies, cost is no option. For others, cost may be the key. The SMI, hopes Abbott, will allow businesses to compare “apples to apples” when making IT decisions.Launched in May of this year, the SMI and the Cloud Commons that supports it are fairly new projects. The index tracks over 100 services so far, including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS providers. While some of the initial information comprising the SMI was compiled based on research with select businesses, Abbott says an API is in the works so that the index can be integrated into products and so that services can be monitored on a real-time basis. When appropriate, the information captured will be used to populate the database with more details about cloud companies’ performance. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
India A would look to get their act right in all departments of the game and open their account when they lock horns with South Africa A in the home team’s second tri-series match on Sunday.Playing their first match of the series on Friday, India A were soundly thrashed by Australia A at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The 119-run defeat notwithstanding, coach Rahul Dravid is confident of a turnaround.But for that to happen, the Indians will have to execute their plans better.The Indian medium pacers – Dhawal Kulkarini and Sandeep Sharma – did not give enough width to the Australian opening batsmen Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns initially but, as they settled down, the two batsmen carted the bowlers, especially the spinners, to hit 15 sixes in the innings while putting on 239 runs.At the net sessions on Saturday, Dravid was seen spending a lot of time with the players and urged the bowlers to bowl wicket to wicket. With the pitch playing slow, his message to the batsmen was to play a little late and stick around in the middle.Unlike the game against the Australians, it will be vital for the Indian batsmen to build partnerships in order to put up a big total.While skipper Unmukt Chand and Kedar Jadhav posted 50-plus scores, others like Mayank Agarwal, Manish Tiwary and Karun Nair failed to impress getting out for low scores against Australia A. They will have to come up with an improved performance against the Proteas on Sunday.advertisementThe South Africans have been boosted by the arrival of wicketkeeper-cum-opening batsman Quinton de Kock, who has had the experience of playing in these conditions for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils in two seasons of Indian Premier League.South Africa A’s batting line-up is solid with Reeza Hendricks, captain Dean Elgar, Theunis Bruyn and Cody Chetty forming the top-order. In the bowling department, they boast of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Hardus Vilijoen, Beuran Hendricks, Wayne Parnell, Eddie Lee, besides Elgar, who is a medium pacer with ability to bowl off breaks as well.