Sudafrika hat die Transportinfrastruktur einer Industrienation. Die Strassen sind erstklassig. Das Flug- und Schienennetz ist das Großte auf dem Kontinent. Und die Hafen des Landes bieten einen naturlichen Zwischenlandungspunkt fur die Schifffahrt von und nach Europa, den Amerikas, Asien, Australasien und beide Kusten Afrikas.Die Transportbranche wurde von der Regierung als einer der Hauptfaktoren zur Verbesserung der sudafrikanischen Wettbewerbsfahigkeit im weltweiten Markt anerkannt. Sie wird in zunehmendem Maße als Motor fur wirtschaftliches Wachstum und soziale Entwicklung gesehen.2010 Fifa Fußball-WMSudafrika plant Ausgaben in Hohe von 9 Milliarden Rand zur Verbesserung und Erweiterung der Transportinfrastruktur in den neun Spielstadten, um den massiven Besucherzustrom bei der Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 bewaltigen zu konnen.In Vorbereitung sind Großmodernisierungen der Flughafen des Landes sowie Verbesserungen im Beforderungswesen, u. a. ein Taximodernisierungsprogramm, die Vereinheitlichung des Zugverkehrs und eine Umstrukturierung des Busverkehrs.Hafen und SchifffahrtHauptschifffahrtsrouten fuhren an Sudafrikas Kuste entlang in den Sudatlantik und den Indischen Ozean. Auf dem Seeweg finden ca. 96% der Exporte Sudafrikas statt und die sieben Handelshafen sind die Handelsadern zwischen Sudafrika und den anderen Partnern im sudlichen Afrika sowie Dreh- und Angelpunkte fur den Handel mit Europa, Asien, Nord- und Sudamerika und der Ost- und Westkuste Afrikas.Die staatliche Behorde Transnet National Ports Authority verwaltet die Hafen des Landes. Diese Hafen sind: Richards Bay und Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, East London und Port Elizabeth am Ostkap und Mossel Bay, Kapstadt und Saldanha am Westkap.Durban ist Afrikas geschaftigster Hafen und hat die großte Containeranlage Afrikas, wahrend Richards Bay der weltgroßte Bulkterminal fur Kohle ist. Zusammen genommen haben Sudafrikas Hafen 2007 183 Mio. Tonnen Fracht umgeschlagen. Umfangreiche Erweiterungen sind in der Vorbereitung, um die Kapazitaten zu steigern.Ein achter Handelshafen (Ngqura) ist derzeit in Entwicklung vor der Kuste von Port Elizabeth in der Provinz Ostkap. Die Inbetriebnahme ist fur 2009 vorgesehen. Nqura wird der tiefste Containerterminal in Afrika sein. Das Areal gehort als wesentlicher Bestandteil zu Coega, einer der strategischen Industrieentwicklungszonen in Sudafrika.StraßenSudafrikas Straßennetz umfasst ca. 754.000 Kilometer, von denen 9.600 km auf befestigte Nationalstraßen entfallen. Die Fahrt von Messina an der sudafrikanischen Nordgrenze bis nach Kapstadt im Suden ist eine Reise uber 2.000 km auf gut unterhaltenen Straßen.Ca. 2 400 km des Straßennetzes sind mautpflichtig.Wahrend das Verkehrsministerium die Leitlinien vorgibt, obliegt der Bau von Straßen und deren Instandhaltung er South African National Roads Agency sowie den neun Provinzen und den Kommunen.EisenbahnSudafrikas hat ein großflachiges Schienennetz – das zehntgroßte der Welt – das an die Schienennetze Schwarzafrikas angebunden ist.Die staatliche Gesellschaft Transnet Freight Rail ist die großte Bahngesellschaft und Schwerlastspedition im sudlichen Afrika mit einem Schienennetz von 22.000 km, von denen 1.500 km fur den Schwerlastverkehr geeignet sind. Die Schieneninfrastruktur des Unternehmens verbindet die Hafen mit den restlichen Landesteilen und macht ca. 80% des gesamten afrikanischen Bahnnetzes aus.Die Regierung hat ein Projekt zur Verbesserung der Bahnsicherheit und zur Neubelebung des Zuges als offentliches Verkehrsmittel gestartet. 2008 hat die Regierung Investitionen in Hohe von 19,5 Milliarden Rand pro Jahr uber einen Zeitraum von vier Jahren zur Modernisierung der Hafen und der Bahninfrastruktur angekundigt. Davon ist die Halfte fur den Schienenfrachtverkehr vorgesehen.Die South African Rail Commuter Corporation betreibt die Metrorail-Nahverkehrszuge in Kapstadt, in der Provinz Ostkap sowie in Durban und im Großraum Johannesburg/Pretoria. Diese Zuge werden hauptsachlich von weniger reichen Sudafrikanern benutzt.Fur Touristen und andere gut betuchte Passagiere bietet sich der Blue Train, einer der beruhmtesten Luxuszuge weltweit. Shosholoza Meyl befordert wahrend dessen ca. vier Millionen Fahrgaste zwischen den wichtigsten Stadten des Landes.Zugverbindungen bestehen ebenfalls mit anderen Landern im sudlichen Afrika (Simbabwe, Mosambik und Swaziland).Gautrain Rapid Rail LinkDer Gautrain, ein 80 km langes Schnellzugnetz, wird Johannesburg und Pretoria mit dem OR Tambo International Airport verbinden und bietet gleichzeitig eine sichere und bequeme Alternative zu den haufigen Staus auf der Autobahn von Johannesburg nach Pretoria.Das 25-Milliarden-Rand-Projekt ist eine Partnerschaft zwischen der Provinz Gauteng und der privatrechtlichen Bombelo Concession Company, einem kanadisch-franzosisch-sudafrikanischen Konsortium. Es wird geschatzt, dass der Gautrain bis 2009 etwa 33.000 Arbeitsplatze schafft.24 Zuge werden 18 Stunden am Tag mit einer Reisegeschwindigkeit von 160 km/h verkehren, mit einem veranschlagten Fahrgastaufkommen von 135.000 pro Tag. Fur den Zubringertransport von und zum Bahnhof und zu nahe gelegenen Zielen werden Luxusbusse bereitstehen.Es wird 10 Haltepunkte geben, 3 davon unterirdisch. Der unterirdisch gefuhrte Streckenabschnitt wird 14 km lang sein und an manchen Stellen bis zu 96 m unter der Oberflache verlaufen.Die erste Phase, der Abschnitt zwischen dem Flughafen, Sandton und Midrand, wird rechtzeitig zur Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 fertig gestellt. Die Fertigstellung der zweiten Phase ist fur 2011 vorgesehen.Flughafen und FluggesellschaftenÜber 50 Fluggesellschaften mit 230.000 Landungen und uber 33 Mio. Passagieren pro Jahr verkehren an den zehn sudafrikanischen Hauptflughafen. Dazu gehoren auch die drei wichtigsten internationalen Flughafen Johannesburg, Kapstadt und Durban, sowie die Flughafen Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberly, Upington, Bloemfontein und Pilansberg.21 Fluguberwachungszentren uberwachen den Betrieb von 145 lizenzierten Kleinflughafen mit asphaltierten Landebahnen und mehr als 580 Flugplatzen mit unasphaltierten Landebahnen.Die halbprivatisierte Gesellschaft Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) ist fur die Koordination der Infrastrukturerweiterung auf den Flughafen des Landes zustandig.2007 legte Acsa den Entwurf fur ein funfjahriges Kapitalaufstockungsprogramm im Werte von fast 20 Milliarden Rand vor, um die Flughafen auf die neue Flugzeuggeneration vorzubereiten und um das Passagieraufkommen bewaltigen zu konnen.Der Johannesburger OR Tambo International Airport ist Afrikas meistfrequentierter Flughafen mit ca. 8,9 Mio. Passagieren pro Jahr. Er wurde 2007 vom Airports Council International zum besten Flughafen des Kontinents gekurt.Cape Town International mit 3,8 Millionen Passagieren pro Jahr wurde zum fuhrenden Flughafen Afrikas gewahlt und erhielt uber sieben Jahre in Folge die Auszeichnung World Travel Award.South African Airways, Sudafrikas nationale Fluggesellschaft, fliegt uber 700 Stadte an (darunter 20 Ziele in Afrika) und bietet Wartungsdienstleistungen fur eine Vielzahl von anderen Fluggesellschaften in der Welt.Letzte Aktualisierung: September 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):Standard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaSouth Africa YearbookDepartment of TransportTransnet National Ports AuthorityCoega Development CorporationTransnet Freight RailSouth African Rail Commuter CorporationGautrain Rapid Rail LinkAirports Company South AfricaSouth African Airways
15 June 2010Every four years, fans from around the world travel to the moving mecca of football, Fifa World Cup tournament. Some simply travel down the road, some from a neighbouring city – while others traverse the globe to see their team take part in the world’s biggest sporting event.On Sunday, 38 833 people congregated at Loftus Versveld stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria to watch Ghana and Serbia play in the host city’s opening match.Waiting patiently for the Metrorail train from Johannesburg’s Park Station (the main transport hub in the CBD) to the Loftus Stadium was Maxwell Valenkamp.“I heard that the train from Joburg to Pretoria was free on match days,” said Valenkamp. “A Brazilian at my backpackers told me, so I came. I really wasn’t expecting it to be this easy.”Valenkamp is a Dutch national whose mother is Ghanaian. “I really decided to get behind this the first African World Cup, if it was in Holland I wouldn’t get as involved – this is special for me.”As the train rolled out of Park Station, there were fans clad in every form of attire: Serbian flags draped over Bafana Bafana jerseys, Ghanaian flags painted on local faces – and everyone blowing their vuvuzelas.‘There is a sense of brotherhood’“South Africa is doing very well, totally contrary to the image that is often held in the foreign press,” said Valenkamp. “There is no tension, everybody is relaxed. I love it. The atmosphere before the match, everybody is friendly and the vibe is great. There is a sense of brotherhood.”The people aboard the train were not your everyday commuters, but rather the mixture you would expect from a World Cup crowd. “This tournament has brought people together,” said Valenkamp. “Like on this train, supporting Bafana. Supporting Africa and supporting the World Cup. I think this tournament will open a few eyes, it has broken borders and stereotypes.”Trains hold a special place in the national psyche of the South African people. The famous local anthem Shosholoza, which is synonymous with football in the country, depicts a steam train moving through the land.During apartheid, trains represented the breaking apart of people as they carried workers away from their families and communities. This train and its commuters showed how far the nation has come.‘Through this we learn a lot’“I have found moments like this really great,” said Valenkamp. “You get asked interesting questions, people want to know where you are from, and through this we learn a lot. You get to know people, their history, sharing stories, learning about their cultures.”The first Fifa World Cup in Africa means much to Valenkamp, whose roots are firmly established in the continent. “I was in Cape Town for the France vs Uruguay game, and the crowd gave standing ovations for players from African backgrounds. I was amazed by that. This is definitely the ‘Rainbow Nation’, in fact you could call this the ‘Rainbow World Cup’. It has that feel to it.”Valenkamp has spent much of his life in Ghana’s main city, Accra, visiting his family, and perhaps a bigger Black Star supporter than himself is his mother. “She can’t watch,” laughs Valenkamp. “It’s bad for her heart. She is so happy I am here watching Ghana live.”‘A confidence legacy’As the train moved past massive rail upgrades, construction sites and new stations, Valenkamp pointed out the legacy of a massive event like the Fifa World Cup.“It is cool to see this much improvement, but more than the infrastructure is a confidence legacy. For young people around the continent, this says something about Africa. We can be optimistic, we can make things happen, it gives people hope.”Valenkamp made his way from the station to the stadium. After an action-packed match he was rewarded with a Black Stars victory.“It is hard to describe what I am feeling right now,” he said. “I am so full of joy and happiness. The travel was worth it. It built the vibe. This sort of thing brings you closer.“You meet people, and that is what makes the memories, all these South Africans supporting my team, making it a home match, just amazing. This is the World Cup spirit.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus won eight of the 24 County Activities of Excellence awards presented by the American Farm Bureau. The awards celebrate unique, local, volunteer-driven programming and serve as models of innovation for local program development. The winning counties receive a grant to fund participation in the Farm Bureau CAE Showcase at the 2019 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans in January. AFBF received more than 100 entries across all membership categories, with only 24 activities nationwide being selected to show at the convention.“Once again, Ohio has more CAE winners than any other state,” said Melinda Witten, Ohio Farm Bureau director, leadership programming. “We are always proud of the county Farm Bureau programming in Ohio, but we are thrilled to see 11 counties recognized at the American Farm Bureau level.”Ohio’s winners: Belmont County: Veteran’s Salute The county Farm Bureau’s partnership with KFC and a local Ford dealership provided the opportunity to provide a free thank-you dinner to veterans and showcase the Ford member benefit. The county Farm Bureau worked with its local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts to advertise and encourage attendance.Butler, Preble, Hamilton and Montgomery counties: Farm Safety IS a Big Deal The program provided a well-rounded education about Farm Safety to three age levels. Topics included SMV (slow moving vehicle) and SIS (speed indicator sign) signs, teenagers operating tractors, riding ATVs safely and more. The counties developed a plan to encourage elementary students to learn about farm safety by using a county designed AgMag. Volunteers spoke to high school students and reached out to local farmers to post Caution Farm Equipment signs on roadways that experience large farm equipment traffic.Fayette County: Celebrity Chef Competition A local Celebrity Chef competition highlighted the county’s Farm to Fork Dinner. Local chefs participated in a fun competition to show their recipe development skills and cooking abilities. The chefs received a list of seasonal produce available from local growers and requested the produce they needed. At the dinner, chefs showcased their restaurant and dish, interacted with guests and talked about their dishes. The winning chef received a plaque and the winning recipe will be used on the event promotional materials for next year.Jefferson County: ChickQuest Using curriculum developed by Ohio State University, Farm Bureau volunteers placed egg incubators in 3rd grade classrooms throughout the county. Volunteers visited each classroom several times and carried out STEM experiments. Students learned about the life cycle of chickens, and the composition and attributes of an egg and cared for the chicks for 3-5 days. As a result of this program, over 800 students in 33 classrooms throughout 14 elementary schools were exposed to hands on STEM and ag education at no cost to the schools.Lucas County: Nutrient Management Meeting The Nutrient Management Meeting brought farmers, researchers and educators together to better understand the agriculture impact on water quality. The meeting demonstrated that the county Farm Bureau wanted to encourage farmers to have access to and use information about best management practices and enhanced production systems. This activity positioned the county Farm Bureau as a resource for water quality issues.Noble County: Ag School Days 4th grade students were invited from two counties to the event at an area research farm hosted by SWCDs. Farm Bureau presented a program on corn for all 800 students. A popcorn popper was set up and students tasted samples as they learned about the varieties of corn and its many uses. American Farm Bureau’s AgMag on corn was distributed to all of the students.Pike County: Rural Family Safety Day The event informed the public of the importance of various safety challenges that are faced everyday. Farm Bureau partnered with the local Extension office, SWCD, the county sheriff, county fire departments and a local insurance agency to present displays and demonstrations that covered multiple safety topics including sun protection, ATVs, food, animals and rural crime. A second day of the event hosted 30 first responders from nine local fire departments who received training on grain bin rescues.Wood County: Crafting Cocktails with Herbs The spring event took place at a local greenhouse. The greenhouse owner explained the tools needed to grow a successful herb garden. Guests learned from a mixologist who demonstrated how to use herbs in cocktails. Attendees selected and potted herbs to take home. The county Farm Bureau gained new members, expanded knowledge and awareness about horticulture and agriculture, promoted a local ag business and encouraged growth in the industry.
Winning an Olympic medal is always an arduous task and for India, a track and field medal is something that still remains elusive.Renjith Maheshwary is aware of the challenges in front of him. While a medal at the Olympics would be the biggest achievement for the triple jumper, Renjith’s personal goal would be to better his own performance and leave the rest to luck.In the last couple of years, Renjith’s performance has gone down, but the Kerala jumper is known to rise to the occasion as he did at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.Coming into the Commonwealth Games, Renjith did not have the best of marks but when at the competition, he leapt 17.07 to bag the bronze medal.Over the past eight years, Renjith has been in the vicinity of the 16m mark, although he did come up with efforts of 17.04m in 2007 and 17.07m in 2010.He qualified for the London Olympics in April this year at the Federation Cup in Patiala with a leap of 16.85m. However, there was not much for him to boast of after that and he hasn’t been part of many competitions after that.At the Olympics, however, the stakes are higher and one small mistake can cost an athlete a medal.At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the gold medal went to Portuguese Nelson Evora with a jump of 17.67m, while Leevan Sands of Bahamas took the bronze with a 17.59m leap.Renjith hopes to cross the 17m mark at the Olympics and according to reports, he says, 17.30m is a possibility with a 22-stride run-up. Only time will tell if that effort will be good enough to get him a medal in London, if he manages to achieve that.advertisementThe triple jumper has been in Italy for some time now and expects to come good when the actual competition begins on August 7.There were questions regarding his preparation and fitness for the Olympics, but Renjith answered them in the best possible way with a 16.45m in mere nine strides this week.Thereafter, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) could not do much but give clearance to Renjith for the London Games. Expecting a medal would be too much of an ask from Renjith, or from any track and field athlete, but an improved performance could pave the way for better things.rahul.rawat @ mailtoday.in
Playing in the NFL isn’t always fun and glamorous, a point Brandon Jacobs was hoping to make on Tuesday when he revealed some of the seedier side of his celebrity.The San Francisco 49ers running back is a big fan of Twitter and boasts 16,000 followers on the social media outlet.Only not all of them are all that nice, a lesson he discovered the hard way after the results of an MRI taken on the knee he injured against the Houston Texans earlier this month came back negative. The bruising 6-foot-4, 264-pound back tweeted about the positive results and expected a wave of cheers in response.That wasn’t exactly the case entirely.“One person said, ‘I hope you die a horrible death,’ ” Jacobs told Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “I tweeted him back saying, ‘I’m sure my wife and kids appreciate that. Have a good day.’ It’s stuff like that, it’s uncalled for. There are some real dumb, stupid people out there.”Jacobs, who helped lead the New York Giants to a Super Bowl championship last season before signing with the 49ers in the offseason, re-tweeted a handful of the boorish tweets that some offensive words in the hopes that they might shed better light on the kinds of rude antics professional athletes sometimes endure.“Everybody thinks this life is all easy,” he said, “and you’ve got to deal with nothing. I like for people to see what else is out there, what else we deal with as NFL players. Let them see what it is that we go through.”But Jacobs remained convinced that Twitter is a great way to communicate with fans in a positive way.“But it’s also a great method for weak, heartless cowards,” he said. “There are a lot of those people out there. It’s more funny to me than anything to know there are stupid, dumb people out there like that. I deal with it and move on with my day.”
Related Items:#EuropeanVillage, #magneticmedianews, #WineandFoodFestival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 28, 2017 – Nassau – It’s been 22 years now for the International Culture Wine & Food Festival and the organizers are announcing that the event, chiefly sponsored by JetBlue is set for October 14 and 15 at the Botanical Gardens and will feature music by Visage. There will be the traditional showcases including The Bahamian Village, the Caribbean Village including newcomers Bermuda and with regional nations like Jamaica and Cuba having their own villages.The #EuropeanVillage will feature popular Greece, but new is Belgium and Germany. All three nations of North America will be present, USA, Canada and Mexico and from South America, Belize will make a debut with an amazing display touted for China and sponsored by the Chinese Embassy; even Australia will have a spot at the two day event in Nassau.The concert featuring Visage will happen on Saturday, the festival continues to be a cashless event thanks to special festival dollars provided by Bank of the Bahamas. It is said the festival attracts some 30,000 people.#MagneticMediaNews#WineandFoodFestival
Kolkata: Coming down heavily on BJP, Trinamool Congress state president Subrata Bakshi said that the people of Bengal will not tolerate the politics of violence.Bakshi, along with party MP Manas Bhuniya, took part in the rally organised by the party in Keshiari in West Midnapore, where a businessman was shot dead by some unknown miscreants on Wednesday evening. No one has been arrested in this connection so far.The body of the businessman, Bihuranjan Das, who was a Trinamool sympathiser, was placed on a truck decked with flowers and the party flag. Party workers and leaders took part in a procession and took his mortal remains for cremation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBakshi said: “The people of Bengal are against any kind of violence. They have seen violence for more than three decades and finally ousted the party that had unleashed a reign of terror.”He said the politics of violence practiced by state BJP president Dilip Ghosh, will be discarded by people. “BJP must understand that the political scenario in Bengal is different from Utter Pradesh, Rajasthan or Haryana. In Bengal, people are politically conscious and any kind of arrogance or Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedhighhandedness is not appreciated.”Meanwhile, Mahila Trinamool Congress took out a procession from Moulali to Esplanade, to congratulate the people for foiling the 12-hour bandh called by BJP on Wednesday and protest against the violence unleashed by the part during the bandh.Chandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of State for Health and state president of Trinamool Mahila Congress, said that by organising the 12-hour bandh on the birthday of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, the party has actually “insulted him.” During the bandh, BJP had resorted to violence. Government buses were set on fire and vandalised. The BJP workers also tried to force some shop keepers to pull their shutters down. “Everywhere in the state the party is trying to create trouble as it thinks that by doing so, it will be able to oust Trinamool. But they are living in a fool’s paradise. In Bengal, people do not accept violence and they are tired of bandhs and loss of man days. They have given BJP a befitting reply by foiling the bandh.”She alleged that BJP has insulted women throughout the country. “The Centre has introduced the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” scheme and yet, BJP is “insulting the betis throughout the country.”