19 June 2006Howzit, Hallo daar, Molo, Sawabona!Fancy tuning in to Egoli, Carte Blanche, Boots ‘n All, Casper Rasper and much more homegrown South African entertainment – from overseas? KuduClub.com keeps South Africans abroad in touch with home for a small monthly fee, wherever they are in the world, bringing them the best of SA entertainment, movies, sport and news via broadband internet.Recent research conducted by KuduClub.com shows that there are almost 2-million South Africans living abroad, 95% of whom miss one or more elements of South Africa: a Castle Lager, a piece of biltong, a Sarie Magazine – or a South African television programme.KuduClub.com satisfies all of these needs, being a “one-stop South African shop” that enables expats to source South African products, find out what is going on in their local South African communities, and watch their favourite South African sport, drama and actuality shows.According to general manager Hercu Wentzel, KuduClub.com has expanded its live and on-demand coverage of South African rugby – including the Tri-Nations and Springbok tours, Super 14, Vodacom and Currie Cup – from two to over 150 countries.Wentzel added that there were ongoing negotiations to further diversify the content currently available on Kuduclub.com to include delivery of other services such as music downloads and more.KuduClub.com is available worldwide, and potential subscribers can visit the website to get a taste of what KuduClub.com has to offer and see if their operating system supports the service.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
A tranquil scene in the Company Gardens, situated in the heart of Cape Town next to the parliament precinct. (Image: City of Cape Town) The Green Point stadium in July 2009, with Table Mountain in the background. (Image: City of Cape Town) A selection of the icons that will soon become familiar to everyone using the Cape Town green map. (Image: Green Map System) Janine ErasmusGreen-minded Capetonians and visitors can now rest assured that their living, working and playing impact on the environment will be minimal, thanks to the Cape Town green map.The map is a 2010 Fifa World Cup legacy project initiated by the City of Cape Town as part of its Green Goal 2010 action plan. Green Goal 2010 aims to make the upcoming World Cup as gentle on the environment as possible.The green map joins other projects in one of nine Green Goal target areas, this one set to specifically promote environmental awareness, sustainable lifestyles and environmentally efficient building practices.Projects include an anti-littering and waste recycling campaign, a campaign to encourage drinking of tap water rather than bottled water (as the quality of local tap water is more than sufficient), and green buying for events related to 2010.Plans are underway to include the green map in the 2010 visitors’ and event guides, thereby promoting responsible tourism.And as a 2010 legacy project, the map will endure as a valuable resource for residents, visitors and the commercial sector.Leading the wayLaunched on World Environment Day in June 2009, the green map is currently only available online, but a print version is expected before the end of 2009.Cape Town is one of the few cities on the globe to lie within a national park and according to city management, is therefore perfectly positioned to lead the way on the continent with a green map. Not only is the initiative the first in Africa, but it is also the first to map the city from a green perspective.As one of the world’s most sought-after destinations, Cape Town is bracing itself for a surge of football- and nature-mad tourists over the months of June and July 2010, and beyond. Cape Town is a 2010 host city, and now boasts a state-of-the-art, newly renovated venue – the spectacular Green Point stadium that is scheduled for completion in December 2009.The region is also home to the Cape floral kingdom, the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms, but by far the richest. At least 70%, or about 6 200, of the 9 000-plus plant species of the Cape Floral Kingdom are found nowhere else on Earth. There are six endemic species of birds, four of mammals, 22 of reptiles, 16 of amphibians, and 14 of freshwater fish.This unique environment and wealth of biodiversity is one of the city’s greatest assets. The development of the green map aims to help protect that environment by guiding visitors and residents in ways of sustainable living.It also points out the greenest spots in Cape Town and offers an ever-growing directory of green products and services. These include green spaces, alternative energy sites, green accommodation, green markets and eateries, green events, recycling sites and drop-off points, and much more.Global communityCape Town is now part of a worldwide network of 566 similar maps in 55 countries in the Green Map community.One of the project’s outstanding features is that it is powered by the open source Green Map system, which combines a globally accepted set of standard icons with Google’s advanced mapping technology. Users are encouraged to submit their favourite sites for inclusion.The green map’s icon set is divided into three categories – culture and society, sustainable living, and nature. These cover everything from eco-clubs to sources of organic local food to community gardens, bicycle paths, fairtrade companies, green map availability points (for the printed version), amphibian habitats and scenic viewpoints.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesCape Town “best city on the world”Cape Town: a sustainable cityCape Town makes elite listUseful linksCape Town green mapGlobal green map systemGreen Goal – City of Cape TownBiodiversity hotspots
25 May 2012 In South Africa scientists and engineers have been hard at work for a number of years in preparation for the SKA. An extensive bursary programme has seen hundreds of university students becoming interested in space science and engineering as a career, and, said Pandor, even more encouraging is that many of these are black students and women. “The SKA will bring advancements of astro-sciences to both countries and facilitate knowledge sharing between young and older astronomy and cosmology experts. The opportunity to share the SKA with Australia will also highlight the benefits of partnerships on a global scale, and will improve industry cohesion and co-development in astronomy and other related fields.” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola says that South Africa is thrilled with the opportunity to share the hosting of the SKA as the partnership with Australia will open up new avenues for skills development as well as ideas and cultural exchange. South Africa will be the majority partner in the project, however, and will host 2/3rd of the antennae technologies of the SKA, while the remaining third will be built in Australia and New Zealand. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. “We have decided on a dual site approach,” said SKA board chairperson John Wommersley at a press conference held at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, following a meeting of the SKA organisation’s members in the Dutch capital. The instrument, which will be the world’s largest radio telescope, is expected to be complete in 2024. This follows a meeting of the members at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, after weeks of waiting and speculation regarding the final outcome of the hosting bid, which came down to two rivals, South Africa and Australia. Driving scientific development in Southern Africa YouTube: SKA bid announcement media briefing The SKA in South Africa will be located mainly in the Northern Cape province, in an area protected by legislation from development that could interfere with the reception of radio waves from space. To date, R55-million has been spent on developing the skills needed for SKA, with 398 postdoctoral fellowships, PhD, MSc and undergraduate bursaries given to deserving candidates. Members of the SKA Organisation then agreed that it was necessary to set up a small scientific working group to explore various implementation options that would ensure that there was an inclusive approach to SKA, as well as maximise the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions. Already an array of seven radio telescopes, the KAT-7, is online at the Northern Cape site and bringing in valuable imagery from far-flung corners of the universe. The KAT-7 is the MeerKAT precursor. When complete, MeerKAT will be the biggest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. Although it’s only due to become operational in 2012, the first five years of MeerKAT research time are fully booked, with astronomers queuing up to work on this important instrument The team’s goal is to complete 15 MeerKAT antennae by 2015. The announcement was initially expected early in April but was delayed. Various reasons were given for the delay, such as a number of objections raised by the Australian organisation that had to be resolved. After weeks of speculation, members of the Square Kilometre Array Organisation have announced that South Africa and Australia will jointly host the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). It will comprise about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over many thousands of square kilometres. The core of the telescope will lie in the Northern Cape’s Karoo region, with outlying stations spread throughout South Africa, and in Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius.
In a last-ditch attempt to defend himself in the Delhi Commonwealth Games scam controversy, an angry Suresh Kalmadi on Thursday pointed fingers at the government.He accused the investigating agencies of “targeting” only the Organising Committee when government officials were also part of the entire decision-making process.Reiterating his demand for a joint parliamentary committee(JPC) probe, Kalmadi said both the central and Delhi government are equally to be blamed for the scam.Speaking to the media in Ranchi, where the national games are on, he said the OC was being unfairly targeted. Amid reports about the Central Bureau of Investigation closing in on him after the arrest of his aides, Kalmadi said no government official had been questioned by the CBI so far despite the fact that it was the sports ministry which had cleared all the contracts. Kalmadi insisted no decision was taken by the OC unilaterally. Dragging the Centre, Kalmadi said that the sports ministry was directly involved in the decision-making process at every step. Taking on the Delhi government, Kalmadi said the state government and the Centre had utilized 95% of the funds.He expressed shock and displeasure over the way the entire matter has been handled by the investigating agencies when all the documents pertaining to the conduct of the Games were with them.Asked whether he anticipated arrest any time, Kalmadi ended a press conference abruptly saying “Let’s see”.
They aim to have 100,000 people pledge their support for Women In Sport. Please follow this link to pledge your support now: http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/womens-health/women-in-sport/online-pledge/Become a fan of Women’s Health on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Womens-Health-Magazine-Australia/15083547539Follow Women’s Health on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/womenshealthaus or use the hashtag #isupportwomeninsport
Inside Influence Report, one of my favorite newsletters from the great gang at ASU, reminds us once again why it pays to be personal. Here’s the story, from Noah Goldstein:I have a friend who is a medical doctor. Nicest guy in the world. Will do, and has done, anything for anybody. So I was totally perplexed — and as a social psychologist, very interested — when I learned he was having difficulty finding someone to cover his shift on the weekend of my wedding. I asked him if he had ever volunteered to take his colleagues’ shifts, and he replied that indeed he had. Considering all he had done in the past to help them, and all that we know about the power of the norm of reciprocation, it was puzzling that he could not get a single person to volunteer to help him out during his time of need. By the time he had answered my next question, however, the solution to the mystery was clear. When I inquired how he went about asking for help, he said that he had sent out an e-mail. And it wasn’t just any of type of e-mail — it was a mass e-mail, in which all of the recipients could see all the other recipients. The problem with this strategy is that it creates what is called diffusion of responsibility. By sending out the mass e-mail in a way that made visible the large number of coworkers being asked, no one single individual felt personally responsible for helping. Instead, each recipient likely assumed that someone else on that list would agree to help. In a classic demonstration of diffusion of responsibility, social psychologists John Darley and Bibb LatanÃ© staged a situation in which a student seemed to be having an epileptic seizure during a study. When a single bystander was present, that person helped approximately 85% of the time. But when five bystanders were present — all of whom were located in separate rooms, so no one could be certain if the victim was receiving help — only 31% of the bystanders helped. Fortunately for this friend, Noah Goldstein knew what to do. He told the doctor to send personal emails asking individual people specifically. It worked. The doctor attended the wedding.The more your “asks” appear to be made from you, personally and directly, to an individual, the more likely people will support you. So segment your audience. Show you know them. Speak to them like individuals. Try some one-on-one contact with your biggest supporters. Mass, impersonal, Dear Friend emails just won’t do the same job. Just ask the doctor.
Presented October 10, 2008 at the The Technology in the Arts Conference in Pittsburgh. Download the slides [PDF] below.Social networking tools like Facebook, MySpace and blogs were the hot topic of the past year. So are they worth your time? How can you fundraise successfully with Web 2.0? Does using the Internet mean getting rid of your offline marketing tactics?Establishing your organization’s brand and presence on the Web, with opportunities for potential donors to learn, blog, question and connect, leads to community-building and, ultimately, long-term giving. Join Jono Smith, director of marketing at Network for Good, to learn how to build affinity for your organization and use your Web presence to turn Web visitors into Web donors.Session attendees will leave with:Practical tips for how (and why) to dive into online fundraisingAn understanding of the new “Web 2.0? model of online communicationsHow and why community-building works for fundraising, and how you can empower your supporters to become champions for your causeWhy Web 2.0 makes community-building easier for youSession Leader:Jono Smith is responsible for marketing Network for Good’s online fundraising services to nonprofit organizations. Network for Good is a nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits raise money and reach supporters online. Network for Good has processed more than $200 million in donations for 30,000 nonprofits since its 2001 founding by AOL, Cisco and Yahoo!. Prior to joining Network for Good, Jono spent eight years at SunGard Higher Education, where he was responsible for managing the company’s marketing efforts in Europe and the Middle East. Jono also held marketing and sales positions at SCT and Campus Pipeline, before their acquisitions by SunGard. Prior to this, Jono served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of White House Communications. Jono holds an undergraduate degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In his personal time, Jono has raised over $10,000 for AIDS vaccine research.
I’m starting a new feature in 2009 – website(s) of the week. This week’s have nothing to do with marketing – they have to do with urination and travel! Because I want to make your life easier not just as a marketer but also as a fellow human being. In the future, I promise to sometimes feature content relevant to marketing.This week’s winners:Check out MizPee to find the nearest clean toilet to where you are now. Ratings available – measured by little toilet paper roll icons. (I read about this in today’s Wall Street Journal.) I’ve always been too intimidated to rate anything at Zagat’s but this I could do.Check out TripIt for your next journey. When you get all your confirmations from airlines, hotels, etc., just hit forward to their email address and they assemble a nifty little itinerary for you! They’ll even tell you the weather! I learned about it from TechCrunch, natch.