December 19

25 questions about the 2010 Fifa World Cup

first_imgSouth African football fans are seriouslyenthusiastic about their sport, and theirnational team.(Image: Chris Kitchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Matlhomola MorakeBafana Bafana Team Media Officer+27 82 7444 [email protected]• Morio SanyaneDirector: Communications and MediaSouth African Football Association+27 82 99 00 [email protected]• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524 or+27 83 201 [email protected]• Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa LocalOrganising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES• 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums• Football in South Africa• 2010 Fifa World Cup host cities• 2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guide• 2010 Fifa World Cup infrastructure• Sport in South Africa• A brief history of Bafana BafanaWhether you plan to be watching the games in a stadium or fan park on the southern tip of Africa, or on the screen back home, here are the answers to 25 frequent questions about the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and the host country.1. Has South Africa hosted big events before?2. Who are Bafana Bafana?3. What’s the difference between football and soccer?4. What’s a vuvuzela?5. Will South Africa benefit from the World Cup?6. Can I use the 2010 Fifa World Cup logo?7. In what stadiums are the games being played?8. Where can I find photos of the stadiums?9. What’s the match schedule?10. Which cities are hosting matches?11. Are tickets still available?12. Should I come even if I can’t get tickets?13. What time zone is South Africa in?14. What will the weather be like?15. How do I get to South Africa?16. How do I get around?17. Where do I stay?18. What if I fall ill?19. What are the people like?20. What languages do South Africans speak?21. Are there lions in the streets?22. What’s the beer like?23. And the food?24. Other than watch football, what else is there to do?25. And the nightlife?1. Has South Africa hosted big events before?South Africa regularly hosts major international sporting events, and since 1994 has successfully managed some of the biggest – including the 1995 Rugby World Cup, 2003 Cricket World Cup, A1 Grand Prix (2006-), 2009 Indian Premier League, and 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.But the Fifa World Cup, the world’s biggest single-code sporting event – in terms of television audience, bigger than the Olympic Games – is in a class of its own.For four weeks starting 11 June 2010, South Africa will be the centre of the world. The 2006 World Cup in Germany was the most extensively viewed event in television history. South Africa 2010 will draw even bigger audiences. The eyes of billions of television viewers, millions of international visitors and the cream of the world’s sporting media will be focused on the southern tip of Africa.Find out more on SouthAfrica.info:Hosting the big sporting events2. Who are Bafana Bafana?Our national football team is known as Bafana Bafana – “the boys, the boys” in isiZulu. The nickname comes from the fans’ cry that went up during the team’s triumph at the 1996 African Nations Cup (also hosted in South Africa). Since the end of apartheid and South Africa’s sporting isolation, Bafana Bafana have twice qualified – in 1998 and 2002 – for the Fifa World Cup.A brief history of Bafana Bafana3. What’s the difference between football and soccer?Nothing. While the game is largely known as football in Europe, in the former British colonies – including South Africa, the US and Australia – it’s mostly still called soccer (from the British Football Association, best known for the FA Cup).Football in South Africa4. What’s a vuvuzela?Some would say it’s South Africa’s national musical instrument. It’s a big plastic trumpet, brightly coloured, and is blown with gusto by all fans at every football match in the country. The sound it makes is something between the bellow of a constipated elephant and the buzzing of a giant swarm of baritone bees, but South Africans like it. A lot.Viva the vuvuzela orchestra!5. Will South Africa benefit from the World Cup?It has been estimated that the 2010 Fifa World Cup will sustain an estimated 695 000 jobs and have a gross impact of R93-billion (US$12.1-billion) on South Africa’s economy. A projected 373 000 foreign tourists will visit South Africa during the World Cup, each spending an estimated R30 200 ($4 000) on average per trip.However, the indirect spin-offs from improved perceptions abroad could have an even greater, longer-lasting impact, not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole. A successful World Cup will help change the perceptions that a large number of foreign investors hold of Africa.Find out more on SouthAfrica.info:World Cup impact ‘still massive‘6. Can I use the 2010 Fifa World Cup logo?Only accredited Fifa partners and sponsors are allowed to use the 2010 Fifa World Cup logo in their publicity and advertising.Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup guide to official marks (PDF, 1.5 MB)7. In what stadiums are the games being played?The 2010 Fifa World Cup matches will be held in 10 stadiums: two in Johannesburg and one in each of the other eight host cities. Together, the 10 stadiums will host 64 matches and seat more than 570 000 people during the course of tournament. Five of the 10 stadiums already existed but were upgraded, with Johannesburg’s Soccer City – venue of the opening and final match – undergoing a major upgrade. The other five stadiums were built from scratch. All have been completed well within schedule.2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums8. Where can I find photos of the stadiums?There are hundreds of photos of stadiums, fans and host cities in the MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library. You have to register with the site to access the library.9. What’s the match schedule?Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup Match Schedule (PDF, 2.3 MB)10. Which cities are hosting matches?Nine South African cities will stage the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (See also: 2010 Fifa World Cup host cities)JohannesburgThe economic hub of Africa, Johannesburg is a bustling, sprawling city of contrasts, spread across the small but densely populated province of Gauteng.Johannesburg 2010 websiteNearest airport: OR Tambo InternationalWorld Cup stadiums: Soccer City and Ellis ParkWorld Cup matches: 10 first-round (including the opening) and two second-round matches, two quarterfinals and the final.Cape TownSouth Africa’s oldest and loveliest city lies in Table Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, in the south of the Western Cape province. Beautiful buildings, the nearby winelands, long white beaches and a rich cultural life make Cape Town South Africa’s most favoured tourist destination.Cape Town 2010 websiteNearest airport: Cape Town InternationalWorld Cup stadium: Greenpoint StadiumWorld Cup matches: five first-round matches, one second-round match, one quarterfinal, one semifinal.DurbanA warm subtropical place and the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, Durban is a major tourist destination with the busiest port in South Africa.Durban 2010 websiteNearest airport: King Shaka InternationalWorld Cup stadium: Moses Mabhida StadiumWorld Cup matches: five first-round matches, one second-round match, one semifinal.Tshwane/PretoriaTshwane/Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa, lying north of Johannesburg in the province of Gauteng. Over 150 years old, it is a place of grand monuments, delightful architecture and lovely open spaces.Tshwane/Pretoria 2010 websiteNearest airport: OR Tambo InternationalWorld Cup stadium: Loftus Versfeld StadiumWorld Cup matches: five first-round matches, one second-round match.Nelson Mandela Bay/Port ElizabethKnown as the Friendly City, Port Elizabeth lies in Nelson Mandela Bay on the windswept Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape province.Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth 2010 websiteNearest airport: Port Elizabeth AirportWorld Cup stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumWorld Cup matches: five first-round matches, one second-round match, one quarterfinal and the third-place playoff.Mangaung/BloemfonteinThe former capital of a Boer republic and now capital of the Free State, Mangaung/Bloemfontein – the Afrikaans name means “flower fountain” – is a pretty city with thousands of rose bushes and some poignant memorials.Mangaung/Bloemfontein 2010 websiteNearest airport: Bloemfontein AirportWorld Cup stadium: Vodacom ParkWorld Cup matches: five first-round matches, one second-round match.RustenburgIts tranquil Jacaranda-lined streets belie the fact that the Rustenburg area in North West province is one of the world’s most heavily mined regions, with a wealth of platinum underground.Rustenburg 2010 websiteNearest airport: OR Tambo InternationalWorld Cup stadium: Royal Bafokeng StadiumWorld Cup matches: four first-round matches, one second-round match.NelspruitThe capital of Mpumalanga province lies in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River, about 330km east of Johannesburg.Nelspruit 2010 websiteNearest airport: Kruger Mpumalanga International AirportWorld Cup stadium: Mbombela StadiumWorld Cup matches: five first-round matchesPolokwaneThe capital of Limpopo province is ideally situated near the border of the wildlife-rich, world-famous Kruger National Park.Polokwane 2010 websiteNearest airport: Polokwane International AirportWorld Cup stadium: Peter Mokaba StadiumWorld Cup matches: four first-round matches11. Are tickets available?Yes – but they’re running out fast! More than 90% of the more than three-million tickets made available for the 64 matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been sold. Hosts South Africa lead the sales with more than 1.1-million tickets purchased, followed by the US, UK and Australia.Download 2010 Fifa World Cup Ticketing Media Information (PDF, 3.9 MB)Visit the Fifa ticketing page12. Should I come even if I can’t get tickets?Of course! The 2010 tournament is guaranteed to be, as South Africans say, a jol (a party). As in Germany in 2006, public viewing areas with giant screens will be set up. And you can always watch the tournament and get to know the locals at our numerous pubs, restaurants and sports bars.2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guide13. What time zone is South Africa in?South African Standard Time is two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+2). During June and July – when the tournament will take place – South African time is the same as that in continental Europe, and an hour ahead of the UK. So matches that kick off at 9pm here will be comfortable viewing for Europeans, while US viewers will be taking a lot of early lunches – and Socceroo supporters will be starting their day at five in the morning!14. What will the weather be like?The World Cup will take place in the southern hemisphere winter – but it’s warm here in Africa. Johannesburg will be dry, with sunny days and fairly chilly nights. Rustenburg, Pretoria and Nelspruit will be warmer, but Bloemfontein will be very cold. Polokwane in the north will be dry and hot, warmer than most European summers. Durban will be pleasant and warm, with some humidity – and the deliciously balmy Indian Ocean to swim in. And while Cape Town is magnificent in good weather – and it can have good weather in winter – in June the city is generally cold, wet and windy, and its ocean icy cold.Find out more on SouthAfrica.info:South Africa’s weather and climate15. How do I get to South Africa?By air – unless you have a boat or rugged overland vehicle. Over 50 airlines and more than 30-million passengers a year move through South Africa’s 10 principal airports, including the three major international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.Find out more on SouthAfrica.info:Getting to South Africa16. How do I get around?The host cities are all linked by air and train routes, and South Africa has a number of first-rate tour bus companies. The country’s road infrastructure is excellent, so it’s also a viable option to rent a car.When it comes to travel within the cities, while South African public transport is not up to the standard of New York or London, there are options. The most popular form of public transport is the minibus taxi. Most host cities have Metro train and bus systems, and there are numerous meter cab companies. Otherwise, you can rent a car or use your hotel’s courtesy transport.Find out more on SouthAfrica.info:Domestic flights in South AfricaDriving in South AfricaBuses and trains17. Where do I stay?“The hotel sector in South Africa is first-rate,” the Fifa inspection team said in its country report. “There are enough hotel rooms to accommodate everyone taking part in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, including media representatives and fans from around the world.” Other options are the many bed & breakfast establishments in and around the host cities, and over 150 backpacker lodges.Find out more on SouthAfrica.info:Hotels in South AfricaBackpacker lodges in South Africa18. What if I fall ill?“On the whole, the health system has excellent facilities and perhaps one of the best private health systems in the world, drawing on modern technology and highly qualified specialists and medical staff,” the Fifa inspection team said in its report. “We have to add that there are fully equipped infirmaries with adequate first-aid facilities to meet every need in the stadiums proposed for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Find out more on SouthAfrica.info:Health tips for travellers19. What are the people like?South Africa is a nation of over 49-million people of diverse origins, cultures, languages and beliefs. Visitors to the country always remark on how warm, friendly and welcoming South Africans are. We’ve had a difficult past, so we don’t waste time being difficult people! And we’re expert at having fun.“We can say that the people of South Africa were always friendly, very boisterous and constantly celebrating during our visit to the country,” Fifa’s inspection team said in their country report. “[They] would stop and show their joy and support of the country’s commitment whenever our group passed by.”South Africa’s population20. What languages do South Africans speak?South Africa has 11 official languages, including English. Nine are indigenous African languages, and one – Afrikaans – semi-indigenous, derived from Dutch but with strong influences from local languages. English tends to be the lngua franca, and is widely understood and spoken in the major urban centres.South Africa’s languagesSouth African English21. Are there lions in the streets?Er, no. But if you want to see wild animals, you won’t have to go far to do so. An hour’s drive from such urban jungles as Pretoria and Johannesburg you can see lions, elephants, buffalo and hundreds more species in their natural environments. There are wildlife lodges and game parks – including the huge and magnificent Kruger National Park – across the country.South Africa’s national parks22. What’s the beer like?Cold and delicious! South Africans generally drink bottled beer, although most pubs offer a range of draughts. The major producer is South African Breweries, now a huge multinational doing business across the world. Lager is probably the favourite, followed by pilsener. In and around the stadiums, you’ll only be able to drink Budweiser – an official Fifa sponsor.23. And the food?Yummy, exotic and varied. South Africa’s people have diverse origins, cultures, languages and beliefs, and their food is a correspondingly rich smorgasbord. For the more daring, we offer culinary challenges from crocodile sirloins to fried caterpillars to sheep heads – delicious! For the less brave, there are indigenous delicacies such as biltong (dried, salted meat), bobotie (a much-improved version of shepherd’s pie) and boerewors (hand-made farm sausages, grilled on an open flame).In the space of a single city street or shopping mall you’ll find Italian restaurants, two or three varieties of Chinese cookery and Japanese, Moroccan, French, Portuguese and Indian food. Not far away will be Congolese restaurants, Greek, even Brazilian and Korean establishments – and, everywhere, fusion, displaying the fantasies of creative chefs.South African food24. Other than watch football, what else is there to do?So, so much, but where to begin? Try here:Visit South Africa25. And the nightlife?Pubs, wine bars, township taverns known as shebeens, nightclubs, a variety of restaurants, mainstream theatre, avant-garde theatre, dinner theatre, movies … there’s no shortage of places to celebrate or cry into your beer after the match.last_img read more

December 17

Geocaching.com Presents – Extreme Multi-Caching

first_img[vsw id=”UXkTDMvEUX8″ source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]By: Kelly RanckRappelling after a Tree ClimbConsider yourself an adrenaline junkie? Crave physical and mental challenges that include long days of geocaching with “Gear, fear and fun?” If so, Extreme Multi-Caches are your speed. Watch the Geocaching.com Presents video “Extreme Multi-Caching” to experience extreme caching from the comfort (and safety) of your home.If you’re new to geocaching, a Multi-Cache is a cache that involves two or more locations. An extreme Multi-Cache challenges geocachers to go to their physical limits. The caches are often best enjoyed with an experienced group of geocaching friends. Each location of a Multi-Cache leads to the next, often involving a puzzle of sorts, until you discover the final, physical container.In the case of Jonathan Burns’ (lefalaf) and Thomas Solly’s (weatherguy726) Extreme Multi-Cache An Extreme Tour of Centralia!, much more than a sense of adventure is required. In this Geocaching.com Presents video ‘Extreme Mulit-Caching’, lefealaf and weatherguy726 are joined by four other geocachers- Dwight Kempf (Clancy’s Crew), Rob Campbell (Sandcast69), Eric Schott (GoHangASalami), and Jeff Kaye (The K-Team). The group wakes up at six am to head to the uniquely dangerous city of Centralia, Pennsylvania. Centralia is a ghost town where steam spews from cracked roadways. An underground coal mine fire has been burning under Centralia since 1962.Extreme Multi-Cache RappellingAs the geocachers ascend and rappel up and down trees, scale rocky cliffs, and crawl into deep caves, you will see how this energetic group attempt this five star difficulty/five star terrain twelve stage Extreme Multi-Cache. The cache takes most groups more than ten hours to complete.The group shows how to experience Extreme Multi-Caches the safe way while challenging your basic human fears such as heights, tight spaces, and bugs (of sorts).Because Extreme Multi-Caches require working in a team, they are also a great way to build community. The cache page reads, “Like all caches of this type, this cache is best designed to be shared with a group of friends.”Extreme Multi-Cache CavingWatch the video to learn more about what it takes to complete an Extreme Multi-Cache. For more Extreme Caching information, visit Extreme-Caching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching on the River – Geocaching.com PresentsAugust 2, 2012In “Community”This is My Hobby – Rock Climbing and GeocachingJune 7, 2012In “Community””Stadt im Wald” GC17K3A GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 6, 2011June 6, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

October 24

Tourism Minister says Mobay City Run an Important Marketing Tool

first_img “Events like the MoBay City Run, which, incidentally, is now an integral part of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) annual calendar of events, gives Jamaica an opportunity to make inroads into that growing market,” Mr. Bartlett said. Speaking to JIS News in a recent interview, Mr. Bartlett said that it is hardly a secret anymore that many travellers have been actively seeking out destinations that have quality health and wellness activities and where Jamaica stands to benefit. With health and wellness tourism now a trillion-dollar business worldwide, events such as the MoBay City Run represent an important marketing tool for Jamaica, according to Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. Story Highlights With health and wellness tourism now a trillion-dollar business worldwide, events such as the MoBay City Run represent an important marketing tool for Jamaica, according to Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett.Speaking to JIS News in a recent interview, Mr. Bartlett said that it is hardly a secret anymore that many travellers have been actively seeking out destinations that have quality health and wellness activities and where Jamaica stands to benefit.“Events like the MoBay City Run, which, incidentally, is now an integral part of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) annual calendar of events, gives Jamaica an opportunity to make inroads into that growing market,” Mr. Bartlett said.He added that the Global Wellness Institute, a non-profit organisation for the wellness industry, has identified the health and wellness industry as a $3.7-trillion market and with the expectancy that it will grow by another 43 per cent by 2020.“With over 20 road races each year, including the MoBay City Run, it is clear that we have the capacity, the infrastructure and the professionals who can successfully execute a road race,” the Minister said.“It is widely expected that the wellness economy will continue an upward growth trajectory. This simply means that the best is yet to come, and as the only event of its kind in Montego Bay, the Run is poised to benefit from the steady growth in the international health and wellness industry,” he argued.Noting that every big city has a great marathon, Mr. Bartlett said it is now clear to the naked eye that the MoBay City Run will be the signature event for the city of Montego Bay.“This will create visitor pull, added international exposure, stimulate economic gains and give Montego Bay the needed push to realise its potential as the tourism hub of the Caribbean,” the Minister added.For her part, Montego Bay businesswoman and photographer, Ashley Anguin, a member of the organising committee, said that everything is in place to ensure that this year’s MoBay City Run will be the biggest yet.“We are expecting to have in excess of 5,000 participants, and we have been getting a lot of positive responses from overseas and should actually be having a number of international journalists here to cover the event,” Ms. Anguin told JIS News.“We also have some very good sponsors on board, and there is a great deal of enthusiasm in the communities across the western region,” she added.The MoBay City Run, now in its sixth year, will be held on Sunday, May 5, with the starting point again being the Old Hospital Park on Gloucester Avenue, now the Jimmy Cliff Boulevard.last_img read more