Cape Town’s non-stop World Cup party

first_imgThe Cape Town International Convention Centre will play host to a massive, non-stop, 31-day party throughout the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The “best afterparty in town” will feature top local and international musicians, special country day celebrations – and enough giant screens to keep any football fan happy. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store.Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 1 June 2010last_img

South African minister gets top tourism post

first_imgSouth African Tourism Minister Marthinusvan Schalkwyk will chair the WorldEconomic Forum’s aviation, travel andtourism industry agenda council(Image: www.iisd.org)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ronel BesterDepartment of Tourism+27 21 465 7240+27 83 242 [email protected] ARTICLES• SA surgeon new head of ISS• Barnard surgeon with heart• SA scientist leads cancer fight• SA woman goes for Seven SummitsNosimilo RamelaSouth African Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has been appointed chair of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) aviation, travel and tourism industry agenda council for 2010 and 2011.This follows the minister’s acceptance of an invitation issued by the WEF’s executive chairperson, Prof Klaus Schwab.Although Van Schalkwyk is no stranger to the forum ‒ having been part of the South African delegation at its annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland, for the past two years ‒ he said he was honoured to take up the new position.“I believe the council plays a vital role in facilitating debate and the exchange of expertise in order to advise the World Economic Council and the international community on emerging issues in the tourism, travel, and aviation sector,” he said in response to his appointment.“I look forward to the interaction with the other members of the council and our sharing of ideas on issues which affect our industry on a global scale.”Role of the councilKey tasks of the aviation, travel and tourism industry agenda council include monitoring important trends in the three sectors, identifying global risks and ensuring the accessibility of knowledge and information about the industry.Council gatherings give industry leaders from around the world the chance to engage with their peers to define and address critical issues. Meetings also help stakeholders identify areas of potential growth and work out ways to drive economic progress.Interdependent sectorsVan Schalkwyk said the WEF has played a vital role in bringing leaders from the aviation, tourism and travel sectors together and facilitating “forward-looking and inclusive dialogue between key stakeholders”.But, the main difficulty facing the industry was the belief that the three sectors were unrelated, he said.“Tourism and aviation are interdependent. Success in the one sector depends on and builds on success in the other.”The sectors also share many challenges, barriers and opportunities, he said.“Pertinent issues currently on the global agenda are firstly how travel, tourism and aviation can play a leadership role in the transition to a greener economy and, secondly, how these sectors can contribute to an equitable global trade expansion.”Man of changeVan Schalkwyk served as the South African minister of environmental affairs and tourism from 2004 until 2009, after which the departments were split, and he was appointed minister of tourism.During his tenure he’s been instrumental in the creation of a protection fleet to prevent illegal fishing, brought about a complete ban on the use and production of asbestos, and implemented a Black Economic Empowerment scorecard and charter for tourism.He was appointed president of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment in June 2008, when it was held in Johannesburg.He has also enabled South Africa to become one of the leading countries in UN climate change negotiations, which has seen him gain significant respect in both the developed and developing world.In March 2010 Van Schalkwyk was nominated by President Jacob Zuma to take up the role of UN climate change executive secretary, following the resignation of Yvo de Boer.Although the South African minister was one of the favourites for the job, Christiana Figueres, a veteran climate change negotiator from Costa Rica, took up the post in the end.last_img read more

Sithole, Montjane lift Gauteng Open titles

first_img3 May 2012 Thabang Lekhanyane of Thembisa made it two in a row when he won the junior final. The top seed beat second seed Mabel Mankgele 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 in the all South African final to add the title to his Acsa SA Open victory last week at Ellis Park. Sithole, who will line up at the Japan Open in two weeks’ time, is confident of a good performance in the Super Series event following his win in the Gauteng Open. ‘I can challenge’“The Japan Open will draw a lot of top seeds because it offers a lot of world ranking points,” he said. “If I can maintain my current physical and mental form, I am sure I can challenge in Japan and further improve my world ranking. SAinfo reporter “This has been a significant victory for me,” she concluded, “in terms of the mental aspect of the game. Each time I beat a world top 10 player, I’m getting stronger mentally and they will start seeing me as a threat.” Paralympic-bound Lucas Sithole cemented his world number nine ranking with a comprehensive victory in the Men’s Quads Singles final at the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng Open when he beat world number 10 Marco Innocenti from Italy 6-1 7-5 on Tuesday in Benoni. Kruger will be on Montjane’s radar when she and Sithole compete in the Super Series Japan Open. “Since the start of this season, my goal has been to get to at least sixth in the world and I’m just a few spots away. That goal looks a lot more positive right now.” ‘A great mental challenge’“He doesn’t move much, but is such a brilliant placer of the ball, and that was a great mental challenge for me. “If I can keep this winning form going, I’ll get inside the world top 10. That’s my goal for the Paralympics.” Montjane is ranked eleventh in the world, while Walraven occupies ninth place in the singles and second spot in the doubles.center_img “I move very fast on the court, but I sometimes don’t place well enough to counter a guy like that. Beating him at his own game, I feel like I now have the complete package to take to London.” South African star KG Montjane also scored a memorable win in the women’s singles, upsetting second-seed Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to lift the title. Double victoryMontjane enjoyed a double victory when she and doubles partner Kanako Domori from Japan defeated Walraven and Katherine Kruger from Germany 6-2, 6-1 in the women’s doubles final. DelightedThe Limpopo fourth seed was delighted with her victory. “I was incredibly nervous during the first set, because this was a very important match for me to win,” she said. But, once we got into the second set and the crowd got behind me, I found my rhythm and I became more aggressive, taking the game to her. “Marco has been among the top players in the world for at least the last 10 years and he is very experienced,” said the 25-year-old triple-amputee. Men’s singlesIn the men’s singles, second seed Ben Weekes of Australia upset Japanese star Takashi Sanada, the top seed, ranked tenth in the world, 6-2 3-6 6-4 to capture his fifth international title. “Once I had the match squared, I knew I could beat her in the third, but I had to fight some nerves again, trying to close the set. “I’ve shot up to 11th in the world rankings and I’m just 10 points below Kruger,” she said. “I’ve had her number so far this season and I’m going after her in Japan. Sithole said coming out on the winning side against a great strategist like the experienced Innocenti was crucial to his Paralympic preparations. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more