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Africa: going for higher growth

first_img5 June 2006The 16th World Economic Forum on Africa closed in Cape Town at the weekend with hundreds of political and business leaders outlining commitments and ideas to scale up successes already achieved on the continent.“The critical challenge is to do things we know work and build the capacity to carry them out,” said South African President Thabo Mbeki.With an economic growth rate of 4.5% across Africa in 2005, Mbeki challenged participants to ensure that such figures were more than just statistics. “Does the growth create jobs?” Mbeki asked.The three-day meeting was held under the theme “going for growth”, and Maria Ramos, group chief executive of Transnet, noted that “as Africans we’re committed to growth because it is necessary to eradicate poverty and unemployment on our continent.”Ramos said mindsets still needed to change among all role players in order to achieve sustained growth. She called on the private sector to show “courage” when taking advantage of opportunities in Africa and to foster an understanding that “for everyone to benefit [from economic growth], you need to work together.”Ramos said positive economic and political changes were taking place in Africa and that it was imperative for all to “make sure that the things we commit to, we actually do.”Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said agricultural development was critical to delivering growth-led employment, and called on private business to engage with governments in developing and modernising the sector. “We look at partnerships as the key to generate further growth,” Kikwete said.Syamal Gupta, chairman of Tata International, India, encouraged Africa to seek innovative solutions to its challenges and to promote small and medium enterprise development as a means of creating employment.“Big companies cannot create jobs, it is the small and medium ones that do,” Gupta said.He also cautioned participants against neglecting rural populations in their commercial endeavours. Referring to them as “the bottom of the pyramid,” Gupta said the constituency represented a large and significant economic sector that was willing to pay for services it received.Achievements, commitmentsAchievements of this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa included:The signing of the Investment Climate Facility (ICF) to facilitate investment throughout the continent. The ICF, endorsed by the Africa Economic Summit and the G8 in 2005, was launched last week with US$100-million in funding. The Nepad e-Schools Initiative, whose demonstration project will fund e-access in 120 schools across 16 African countries by mid-2007. The initiative aims to reach all 600 000 African schools within 10 years. The Forum’s Global Health Initiative, which launched guidelines for large companies to support HIV/Aids programmes within their supply chain, as well as employer-based malaria control programmes. The Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, with 103 signatories representing US$500-billion in turnover, which is now engaging the African business community in its efforts.Future commitments made during the meeting included:The World Economic Forum’s public-private partnership to strengthen healthcare systems in Africa by addressing epidemic and pandemic diseases in particular. The partnership will be implemented at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2007 in Davos. The Forum of Young Global Leaders’ commitment to:Sponsoring a film series on African success stories.Launching a financial literacy programme in Rwanda.Establishing leadership development institutes throughout Africa.Managing director of the World Economic Forum, Peter Torreele, concluded the final session of the meeting on Friday by praising the economic and social progress in Africa over the past 10 years, an achievement he described as “absolutely outstanding.”“Throughout all of this, our belief has been that by bringing business together with governments and civil society, those partnerships could unlock Africa’s great potential, and would allow the continent to assume its proper role in the global economy.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Domestic flights in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities, and some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world.South African low-cost airline Mango is owned by South African Airways (Photo: Mango Airlines, Facebook)South Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities as well as to some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world.Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) was formed to own and operate the nine principal South African airports, including the three main international gateways – OR Tambo International (Johannesburg), Cape Town International and King Shaka International (Durban). The other six are Bram Fischer (Bloemfontein), Port Elizabeth, Upington, East London, George and Kimberley.There are several other privately owned international airports in South Africa, including Lanseria International, outside Johannesburg, and Nelspruit Airport/Kruger Mpumalanga International, conveniently situated near the country’s major wildlife reserves.Acsa is a partially state-owned company.See Acsa’s website.Seven major domestic airlines operate in the country, as well as a number of smaller charter airline companies.South African Airways, South African Express and Airlink fly between all the major cities and to some of the smaller ones.Kulula.com and Mango offer cut-price flights on the more popular routes between Johannesburg (OR Tambo and Lanseria), Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and George.British Airways, operated by Comair, operates flights between the major centres.All flight operators offer online booking services, with payment by credit card or directly into the relevant bank account.You need to be at the airport 90 minutes before departure for domestic flights.Kulula.comKulula.com offers low-cost, single-class flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International and Lanseria airports, and Cape Town, Durban, George, East London and Port Elizabeth. It has also added other southern African countries to its itinerary, and flies to Windhoek, Harare, Mauritius, Victoria Falls and Livingstone, and flies from Nairobi.Call centre: 0861 KULULA / 0861 585852International bookings (from outside SA): +27 11 921 0500General enquiries: [email protected] bookings: [email protected] online bookingsMangoA no-frills carrier operated by SAA, Mango offers low-cost, single-class flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International and Lanseria airports, and Cape Town, Durban, George, Port Elizabeth, and Bloemfontein. Mango also flies from OR Tambo International to Zanzibar.Reservations: +27 11 978 1111Call centre: 086 100 1234Call centre from outside SA: Johannesburg: +27 11 359 1222, Cape Town: +27 21 936 1061E-mail: [email protected] online bookingsSouth African AirwaysSouth Africa’s national carrier flies locally between Johannesburg (from OR Tambo International and Lanseria), Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, George, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Kimberley, Polokwane, Richards Bay, Upington, Nelspruit/Kruger, Hoedspruit, Skukuza, Phalaborwa, Mmabatho, Sun City, Pretoria, Manzini and Maseru – as well as into Southern Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. It offers economy, business and first class cabins.Reservations: +27 11 978 1111Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Call centre from outside SA: +27 11 978 5313E-mail: [email protected] online bookingsAirlinkAirlink flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, George, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Kimberley, Polokwane, Upington, Sishen, Nelspruit/Kruger, Phalaborwa, Skukuza, Pretoria, Manzini and Maseru – as well as into Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Mozambique. Classes are economy, business and first.Customer care and head office: +27 11 451 7300 / +27 10 590 3170Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Call centre from outside SA: +27 11 978 5313 (customer support online bookings) +27 11 978 1111Group bookings: +27 11 451 7300 or +27 10 590 3170E-mail: [email protected] African Airlink online bookingsSouth African ExpressSA Express flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Hoedspruit, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Nelspruit, Mahikeng, Richard’s Bay and Pilansberg – as well as into Botswana, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Flights are in economy and business class.Call centre: 0861 FLY SAA (0861 359 722)Reservations: +27 11 978 1111, E-mail [email protected] Reservations: +27 11 978 9905, E-mail [email protected] African Express online bookingsBritish AirwaysOperated by Comair, British Airways offers return flights to and from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and the Kruger National Park in economy, premier economy, business/club or first class. It has a codeshare agreement with Kulula.com.Reservations: +27 11 921 0222 option 1British Airways online bookingsFlySafairA wholly owned subsidiary of Safair, the aviation cargo and aircraft leasing company, FlySafair is a low cost, no frills airline that operates between Cape Town and Johannesburg (OR Tambo International), Durban, East London, George, and Port Elizabeth. Like other low cost carriers, it has a buy-on-board programme when it comes to food and drinks.Reservations: 087 135 1351; email: [email protected] online bookingsOR Tambo International AirportOR Tambo International Airport flight information: 086 7277 888OR Tambo International Airport help desk: +27 11 921 6262Online booking servicesA number of independent web-based agencies offer pricing comparisons between the airlines, and online booking services. These include:Travelstart, which also powers the SA Tourism bookings page;SA Airlines;SA Flights; and,Cheap Flights 4 U.Updated December 2015Originally published April 2002Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

2 Reasons Why Twitter May Not Be Worth So Much to Google and Microsoft After All

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#Real-Time Web#web You want real-time web links? There are probably already more blog posts being pushed out in real time for free consumption using Pubsubhubbub and RSSCloud than there are links shared on Twitter. As we discussed in our recent post Ten Useful Examples of the Real-Time Web in Action, there’s a lot more going on around the web outside of Twitter. Much as we love Twitter, most people suspect its growth is slowing. The rest of the real-time web is believed to be at the beginning of an explosion of growth that will take over the entire internet – eventually almost all information online may be pushed to those who want it, in real time. Why else do we question the value of the full fire hose? Business Insider reports today that Twitter is already selling access to startups for up to $3k per month. It’s hard to know how credible that number is but that’s a really low price.We do know that many startups feel they can get a representative sample of Twitter activity from the company’s free API. Twitter may be having a hard time up-selling to the full feed if what’s already available is good enough and its crown jewels can’t be proven to be that much better.We love Twitter and with some serious clean-up it may provide big search companies a handy little bundle of high-interest links to advertise against. Is it valuable enough for Google and Microsoft to pay big money for, though? We’re not so sure.Come join us and some very smart people from throughout the diverse real-time web industry to discuss this and related topics next week at the Real-Time Web Summit.center_img First, there aren’t really that many links that get passed through Twitter. The service may be the most visible example of real-time communication but there’s a whole lot more going on around the web in real time outside of Twitter. Twitter may see between 3 and 5 million links shared through it each day. Those are heavily biased towards the relatively small number of active content creators on the site and much of it is spam or republished RSS feeds.Almost every real-time search company we’ve spoken to has chosen to supplement the indexing power of Twitter with other, larger data sources. OneRiot, for example, says it collects 4X more links from the click-streams that its toolbar users have opted-in to sharing than it does from Twitter. Faroo and Wowd both rely on P2P clients to power indexing far beyond what they can get from Twitter. Implicit behavior offers a lot more data than explicit behavior.AllVoices uses a whitelist of trusted Twitter users to improve the signal-to-noise ratio and Evri watches trends on Twitter to trigger the building out of their index of the much larger web outside Twitter. Evri also does some really interesting semantic parsing of the contents of those tweets, adding links as pivot points to the news entities people mention in text. Almost all of the companies we talked to had to do extensive text analysis of Tweets and the pages they linked to. That may not be difficult for Google or Microsoft, but is quick discovery of a few million new links a day challenging enough for them to be worth a big price tag? Google and Microsoft are both in talks with Twitter to buy access to the company’s full fire hose of messages and shared links, according to a report this morning from Kara Swisher at AllThingsD. Could these be blockbuster deals that bring the search giants into the world of the real-time web? In fact, the Twitter fire hose may be less valuable than outsiders might think. We’ve been having extensive conversations with a wide variety of real-time web companies in preparation for the Real-Time Web Summit next week and we’re lead to question the value of Twitter links for two reasons. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Yelp Check-Ins: Totally Awesome or Super Annoying?

first_imgTags:#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement You’ll be able to click a button to check in when you’re physically present at a location listed on Yelp.You’ll get a badge marking you as a regular when you check in regularly from one location and your review will reflect that status.You’ll be able to get an iPhone push notification when a friend of yours from the site checks in someplace.Check-in data will eventually be available on the website in addition to the mobile application.What does this mean? It means that many more people around the world will be able to enjoy the very cool ideas that smart little services like Foursquare and Gowalla have come up with but have had limited userbases with which to score network effects outside of a few large citiesIt means you’ll want to launch the Yelp iPhone app more often and that the app will be pestering you with friends’ check-ins, reminding you to pay attention to Yelp. It means you’ll be more likely to make friends on Yelp. It means you’ll be walking down the street in your town, find out a friend is nearby and you’ll change your plans in order to go hang out with them.If implemented well, it’s probably going to be a whole lot of fun. A good implementation might include shut-off times for push notifications and intelligent integration of your friends, favorite places and other information.What are the smaller companies in this space going to do? That’s a tough call. Most social networking activities are a lot more enjoyable if a larger number of people – and a larger number of your friends in particular – are participating. That means Yelp. There may be important cultural differences, though, that leave space in a larger market for smaller players. Yelp may remain dominated by a certain crowd that’s considered distasteful (perhaps so tasteful it’s distasteful) by enough other people to make alternatives economically viable.We’ve got different TV and radio networks for people with different tastes today, might we not have different location-based social networks for people with different tastes tomorrow?We’re about to find out, because leveraging location data on the mobile phone is about to become a much more common thing to do. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … marshall kirkpatrick Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Business review service Yelp will update its mobile apps soon to include a feature called “check-ins,” a feature similar to one that several smaller location-based social networks have built their businesses around. This according to severalotherblogs that were given early access to the feature – blogs that, co-incidentally, are less likely to mention complaints about Yelp, like that it is hated by many business owners, is believed by some to be full of extortionists, and is believed by many to be filled with self-absorbed, chronically snide hipsters.Those common criticisms aside, Yelp is pretty awesome and the addition of check-ins could make it even more awesome still. Or it could be really annoying. It’s hard to say for sure, but it’s definitely going to be a big deal.Only Apple knows for sure when the update will be live for the Yelp iPhone app but when it is, here’s what it will look like:last_img read more

PCB unhappy with ICC Task Force recommendations

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board is unhappy with some of the recommendations made by the ICC’s Task Team to reform the sport in the troubled country.PCB chairman Ijaz ButtWell-placed sources told PTI that while the PCB was happy that the ICC task force recognised the need and compulsion for Pakistan and India to resume bilateral ties, it had reservations over some other recommendations in their final report presented to the ICC executive council in Hong Kong.”Making recommendations or suggestions about the quality of cricket balls we use in our domestic cricket or on our selection process are issues that should not concern the task force and purely internal matters of the PCB,” one source said. The PTT has recommended reforms on how the board should be run and on even issues like selection, managerial appointments and use of standard ball in domestic cricket.Among the 63 recommendations listed by the PTT is also one about reducing powers of the Chairman and having a chief executive with more authority. Presently board Chairman Ijaz Butt also holds the post of chief executive as per the PCB constitution.”The PTT was formed in 2009 with focus on security situation on Pakistan after the attack on the Sri Lankan team but their role got more wide ranging and while we respect their recommendations some of them the areas broached upon should be sole responsibility of the PCB,” one source noted.The PTT report has also called for a resumption of cricket ties with India, recognising it to be a key component of the fabric of Pakistan’s cricket.  A PCB official said after Butt returned on July 21 from vacations, the recommendations of the PTT would be reviewed in detail and the PCB would than get back to the ICC with its observations.advertisementBut some of the recommendations are too strong to digest for PCB officials like the one that states: “Perhaps the strongest of the recommendations relate to the governance structures of Pakistan cricket,” the executive summary of the report states.”It is highly unusual that the President of the country is entitled to appoint both the Chairman of the PCB and over half of the Governing Board. It is also inconsistent with the demands of modern sports administration that the Chairman also holds the powers of the CEO.”The PTT believes there should be a wholesale (internal) review of the PCB’s governance structures, including its constitution. While recognising that changes may not happen overnight, the PTT believes that preserving the status quo will constrain the development of Pakistan cricket in the long-term and is not in keeping with international best practice in sports administration.”The report also calls for constitutional changes aimed at reducing the chairman’s powers and making the role a non-executive one. It has also suggested the PCB should only award central contracts to 20 players.With inputs from PTI.last_img read more