New drive for Gauteng tourism

first_imgBill Harrop’s balloon safari company in the Magaliesberg area is well-established and reputable. (Image: Janine Erasmus) Building on the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Gauteng Tourism Authority launched a new campaign in late September to promote domestic tourism in the province.The event coincided with the country’s Tourism Month, which this year focused on a variety of local destinations – one of which is Limpopo province, with its wealth of cultural and natural attractions, including the world-famous Kruger National Park.“The platform is there,” said Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Firoz Cachalia at the campaign’s launch. “Tourism shouldn’t be completely dependent on international tourism, so we want to encourage our residents to enjoy their amazing place.”Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane agreed, saying that many Gautengers have a limited knowledge of their own province. “We may not have access to a beach, but everything else is here in Gauteng. However, thus far we haven’t been able to sell this jewel to the locals.”Mokonyane added that tourism should also teach people about their heritage. “It’s all here in Gauteng – we have lions, Mrs Ples, Constitution Hill, Maropeng, Soweto. But to fully take advantage of these treasures we must integrate public transport.”The provincial government is currently revamping the public transport system, with a new bus rapid transit system and high speed rail service under construction – but for carless people to be able to reach these scenic spots, more must be done.Another important aspect of a heightened tourism industry is job creation, while entrepreneurs such as B&B owners will also benefit. The provincial government has plans to construct an extensive database of tourism operators and B&B owners, and link these to established facilities, so that visitors can put together a package to suit their pocket.“People can grow their businesses by targeting local tourists,” said Cachalia. “You don’t have to depend on international visitors. With better domestic tourism, people will develop better products for the local market, and by extension, the international market.”A more lively domestic tourism sector will lead to sustainable international tourism, said Mokonyane. “A country that doesn’t promote domestic tourism can’t expect other tourists to come, because the locals won’t know where to take them.”The Gauteng Tourism Authority has a training programme for tourist guides, said chairperson Khehla Mthembu, and also registers them on the website as qualified and approved by the organisation.The new campaign, called The Amazing Place, is not only aimed at Gauteng residents – it will run nationally as well.Domestic investmentAccording to the Department of Tourism, some R70-million (US$10-million) was spent since 2004 to promote South Africa’s diversity of destinations. This sum encompasses a range of media genres, including outdoor, TV, print and radio advertising, as well as specific events.According to figures available from South African Tourism, South Africans made some 30.3-millon domestic trips during 2009, whether for holiday, business, medical, religious, or other purposes.Overall, most travellers came from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, with 29% and 25% of the total number of trips respectively. KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape were the most popular destinations. Of the holiday travellers, most came from Gauteng and were headed for the Western Cape.The local travellers spent a total of R22.4-billion ($3.2-billion) on their trips, with an average of 4.2 nights per trip.The figures also show that of all the provinces, Gauteng residents are the ones who most prefer to travel to other provinces – just 32% of them travel intra-provincially. This means that the Amazing Place campaign has come at the right time.Race around the provinceAn important element of the Amazing Place campaign is an exciting TV show, based on the popular Amazing Race programme which keeps millions of viewers around the world glued to their screens.The Gauteng Tourism Authority was supported in this initiative by local radio station Kaya FM and Chevrolet, who supplied the cars.“After the World Cup we are stepping up the action with this unique race that highlights Gauteng’s tourism routes both to outsiders and residents within the province,” said Mokonyane.Filming took place at the end of September and saw eight plucky contestants in four teams making a 48-hour dash around the province, chasing clues and hoping to be the first across the finish line. Along the way they experienced some unusual sights and sounds, and were treated to the best the province has to offer, as well as the diversity of its culture.The series, which will comprise at least four episodes, is scheduled to air at the beginning of November on DStv bouquet channels and the SABC. It will be presented by Kaya FM’s Bob Mabena.Teams were made up of local celebrities. They were Department of Economic Development communications manager Uyanda Mbuli with singer, songwriter and record label owner Phinda Matlala; recording artist Selaelo Selota with model Cwaita Mtose; house music vocalist Lelethu Nkulu with Kaya FM afternoon show host George Monetsi; and Jam Alley host Thato Mahlatsi with up-and-coming musician Malik.The race started in the now-defunct women’s prison in the Old Fort at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. First a fort and then a notorious prison, the site has undergone a remarkable reversal of purpose and is now the seat of the highest court in the land. The women’s prison was added 15 years after the original fort was built in 1892.On the first day the contestants visited the 94ha Rondebult Bird Sanctuary in Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg, the Vaalnest Boutique Hotel on the banks of the Vaal Dam in the tiny town of Vaal Marina in south Gauteng, and the ever-popular Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, which was also the pit stop for the day’s proceedings.On day two they set off for the nearby Magaliesberg Mountains and a lofty appointment with Bill Harrop, who runs a popular hot-air balloon safari company, before heading north for Freedom Park in Pretoria and a glimpse of the country’s heritage. The park is a monument to democracy and features a Wall of Remembrance, inscribed with the names of those who fell during the struggle for freedom.The race ended at the magnificent Nanhua Buddhist temple, the largest Buddhist seminary and temple in Africa. This breathtaking facility is situated in Bronkhorstspruit, about 90km from Johannesburg’s city centre.It is hoped that the concept will be rolled out to other provinces and cities around the country.last_img read more

SA crush Australia, remain world No. 1

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘An amazing journey’“It’s been an amazing journey over a long period of time,” Ponting reflected afterwards. After Australia declared their second innings on 267 for 8, South Africa needed 429 for victory. When they slipped to 45 for 4, they looked to be in huge trouble. South Africa secured a memorable 1-0 away series victory over Australia after winning the third and final test by a massive 309 runs with a day to spare in Perth on Monday. The victory confirmed the Proteas’ position as the number one test team in world cricket. The bowlers, with Dale Steyn to the fore, then did their bit, running through the Australian batting order and dismissing them for only 164. Steyn picked up 4 for 40 and Robin Peterson, in the team in place of an out-of-form Imran Tahir, snared 3 for 44. The Australians began day four on 40 without loss, needing to bat out two days to draw, but they lost all 10 wickets on the day as they fell for 322. They began the final day on 77 for 4, needing to bat it out, and Du Plessis again delivered, finishing undefeated on 110. AB de Villiers, with an uncharacteristic but determined 33 off 220 balls, lent good support, and Kallis, despite struggling with his hamstring injury, made 47 batting at number seven as the test was saved. Du Plessis was named man of the match on debut. 3 December 2012 Steyn picked up three wickets to take his record to 299 wickets in tests, while Peterson, although he came in for a bit of stick at the end, added another three wickets to his first innings’ haul. It was a remarkably huge win for Graeme Smith and company, who had been thoroughly tested by the Australians in the first two tests. Jacques Kallis was injured while bowling and could not bowl any further after sending down only 3.3 overs. SA skipper Smith weighed in with 122 in South Africa’s innings of 388, and Faf du Plessis, Duminy’s replacement, scored 78 on debut. Second testIn the second test, minus JP Duminy, out with an Achilles injury that required an operation, and Vernon Philander, a late scratch because of a stiff back, South Africa staged a superb fight-back to prevent an Australian victory. While the Proteas opened the first test with 450 runs and centuries from Amla and Kallis, Australia still managed a first innings lead of 115 after captain Michael Clarke hit 259 and Ed Cowan a maiden test century of 136. It took a dogged second innings to secure the draw for the Proteas. ‘You want to score runs in a winning cause’ Then came the match in Perth, the scene of a magnificent victory when South Africa last toured Australia in 2008, in which they scored 414 for 4 in the second innings to take 1-0 series lead on their way to 2-1 series win. Once again, it proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Proteas. “I don’t want to take anything away from South Africa,” he added. “We were outplayed in this test match. I think they fought really hard and showed what the number one team in the world has to do to be number one throughout this series.” center_img Smith added: “To win a series here takes a lot of effort, and it’s something that means the world to us. We know how tough it has been, and to have won two series here means the world to us.” Australia’s captain Michael Clarke, with two double-centuries and 577 runs, more than anyone else on either team, was named man of the series. He said he would have chosen a series win over the individual accolade. “I’m just glad that I was able to make a contribution. Obviously you want to score runs in a winning cause. The bowlers did an amazing job today to wrap it up,” Amla commented when he received his man of the match award. ‘It means the world to us’ Only a stubborn, hard-hitting last wicket partnership of 87 runs by Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon prevented a much bigger defeat for the Aussies. The match was notable for the fact that it brought the curtain down on the 168-test match career of Ricky Ponting. When he went in to bat in Australia’s second innings, he was met at the pitch by an honour guard made up of South Africa’s players. Questioned about career highlights, he said one that ranked highly was a series victory over South Africa in South Africa in early 2009 with a young team, after the Proteas had beaten Australia in Australia. Man of the match Hashim Amla led the way with 196 off only 221 balls. AB de Villiers shone with 169 off 184 deliveries, and Graeme Smith cracked 84 off of 100 as South Africa tallied 569 all out, leaving Australia needing an imposing 632 to win. A remarkable jobThe second time they batted, the South Africa batsmen did a remarkable job, scoring at over five runs an over as they took the contest to the Australians. When their total reached 425 for 3, they had taken just 13 overs more than they did in their first innings to reach 225. Starc took his chances and finished with an unbeaten 68 off 43 balls, while Lyon ended with 31 off 43 as Australia advanced from 235 for 9 to 322 all out in their second innings. It was only the fourth instance in test history of a team scoring over 500 runs and batting at more than five runs an over. Proteas captain Graeme Smith said in a post-match interview: “I thought the guys showed tremendous ability and character over the past 10 days, two weeks. In Adelaide [in the second test], we were right up against it. To fight as hard as we did, to get that draw, was big, and the way we turned it around for the series win here in Australia was special.” With Clarke contributing 230, Australia posted 550 all out to lead by 162 on the first innings. South Africa’s win in Perth was built around an excellent 78 not out by Faf du Plessis, which helped the Proteas to 225 all out in their first innings after they had been reduced to 75 for 6.last_img read more

NAB 2017: Aputure’s New 300D LED Light

first_imgAputure’s latest LED light is wildly practical, surprisingly affordable, and extremely effective.All images via No Film School.Aputure’s announcement of the COB 300D is big news for video production houses and DPs alike. The single-source LED is their biggest yet, at three times as powerful as their previous light, the COB 120D. Not only is the light powerful, but it is also extremely compatible with their other products and extremely easy to use. No Film School caught up with Ted Sim from Aputure to talk about the new light.The light contains a magenta glass filter, which bumps the TLCI from 94 to over 98. On top of being an all around powerful light, the 300D no longer wastes energy. Instead of bringing a generator out to set, you will now be able to run the light off its two 30-watt batteries for over an hour and a half. This portability is a game changer if you need to shoot in remote locations with limited crew.One of the best features of the light is the remote. If you’ve owned Aputure products in the past, you’ll be able to use the remote for the 300D as well as other Aputure lights.The 300D is a single-source LED, not a panel, which means you will get a hard shadow, unlike panels that usually create multiple little shadows.Also announced with the 300D is the Mini Dome, which is less than half as thick as their previous Light Dome. At 24 inches across, the dome comes with a grid made of parachute fabric. This durable fabric is perfect for a soft box — the unit costs less than $100.The ultimate goal with this light is to replace your HMI lights or 800 Joker with a durable, dependable solution for any lighting problem. The COB 300D is said to be priced somewhere below $1,000. Be sure to check out the rest of our NAB 2017 coverage on the blog, and stay tuned for more updates.,Be sure to check out the rest of our NAB 2017 coverage on the blog, and stay tuned for more updates.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo trial for tax fraud set on Jan. 21

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Last year, a state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). Ronaldo was accused of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights.The accusation does not involve his salary from former club Real Madrid. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match against Torino FC at the Olimpico stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)MADRID — A Spanish court says Cristiano Ronaldo will be tried for tax fraud on Jan. 21.Ronaldo is expected to plead guilty and receive a suspended two-year sentence, in agreement with a deal the Portugal forward struck with Spain’s state prosecutor and its tax authorities this year.ADVERTISEMENT Victor Oladipo helps Pacers end Nets’ 7-game win streak BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparccenter_img The deal includes Ronaldo agreeing to also pay a fine of close to 19 million euros ($22 million) for the reduced sentence.In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Ronaldo left Madrid to play for Italian champion Juventus last summer.In 2016, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi received a suspended 21-month jail sentence after being found guilty of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros (then $4.6 million). LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Read Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more