SA-Moz pipeline ‘ready by 2009’

first_img26 September 2007The planned R4.2-billion liquid-fuels pipeline linking Mozambique and South Africa should be completed by the end of 2009, a spokesperson for pipeline company Petroline has said.Petroline spokesperson Eugenio Silva told Reuters this week that work on the pipeline would start in mid-2008 and finish by the end of 2009. Petroline is a consortium consisting of Mozambican state-owned fuel company Petromoc and private South African and Mozambican investors.“Current market growth indicates a critical petrol and diesel shortage in Gauteng in the future, and Petroline’s pipeline and storage facility will be able to satisfy a large portion of the future demands in South Africa by means of importation via Mozambique,” Petroline said in a statement.“This should result in the decrease of the pressure on liquid fuels imports on Durban harbour and also support fuel imports to Mozambique and other southern African neighbours.”Engineering News reported last month that British-based Petrofac had also taken up a 25% equity in the venture to build South Africa’s first privately owned liquid fuels pipeline since the 1960s. The report added that Petroline plans to dredge the Maputo port to a depth of 14 metres, which would allow vessels of up to 85 000 tonnes to use it.According to Agencia de Informçao de Moçambique, the 400-kilometre pipeline will link the Mozambican port city of Matola with the town of Kendal in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.The agency explains that of the total budget of US$600-million, $243-million will be invested in constructing a 64-kilometre section between the Matola fuel terminal and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, with the remainder going towards extending the pipeline to Kendal.The pipeline will have a diameter of 30 centimetres and have the capacity to transport five million tonnes of fuel per year.“This project offers a great opportunity for regional co-operation and integration between South Africa and Mozambique and contribution to the upliftment of the [Southern African Development Community] region, at the same time strengthening the product supply security in South Africa,” Petroline states.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2010 World Cup tickets on sale

first_imgFans in typical headgear made fromplastic hardhats at a match betweennational squad Bafana Bafana and EquatorialGuinea in Pretoria in June 2008. (Image:Chris Kirchhoff, more photos, visit the image library.) The prepaid ticket card, issued to SouthAfricans who buy their tickets at branchesof First National Bank.(Image: South Africa 2010)Janine ErasmusThe first tranche of tickets for the long-awaited 2010 Fifa World Cup are on sale from today – the first of five buying opportunities, each to be administered differently to give all fans an equal chance of securing tickets.Phase One runs from 20 February until 31 March 2009. In this phase football fans are required to submit an application form for their tickets. There are two ways to do this – first, apply for their tickets online at Fifa’s website by signing up for the Club. This applies to both international and local fans. Alternatively, South African residents may go to any First National Bank (FNB) branch and submit their applications in person.Those applying online must have credit card details ready. Once all applications have been processed, a text message will be sent to all applicants to advise them of the success or failure of their bid. If successful, the relevant credit card must be used to collect printed tickets at stadiums and other designated points in each of the nine host cities. These points will only be operational from April 2010. The total value will be deducted from the credit card only if the application is approved.Those applying at FNB branches must have the funds ready as they will be required to pay upfront. All applicants will receive an FNB Visa Zakumi prepaid card, to the value of the tickets purchased. The green-haired leopard Zakumi is the official mascot of the 2010 sporting spectacle.Again, applicants will receive a text message to advise them whether their bid has been successful or not. If successful, the prepaid card must be used to collect printed tickets at stadiums and other designated points in the nine host cities. If unsuccessful, the money on the card may be used at any Visa retailer in South Africa, or may be refunded at any FNB branch.All applications received during this phase will be processed at the same time, and every fan who registers correctly will have an equal chance, so it makes no difference whether bids are submitted on the first or last day of the phase.If there are more tickets than applications, all applications will succeed and there will be no disappointed fans. If there are more applications than tickets, a random draw scheduled for 15 April 2009 will ensure that tickets are allocated fairly.Phase Two runs from 4 May to 16 November 2009. These applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis, so time will be of the essence.Phase Three runs from 5 December 2009 to 22 January 2010, when tickets will be allocated through a random draw on 1 February of that year.Phase Four runs from 9 February to 7 April 2010. As in Phase Two, tickets will be allocated in the order in which applications are received – the earlier the better.Phase Five runs from 15 April to 11 June 2010, in the last-minute sales phase. Application forms will not be used; instead, tickets may be bought in real time – subject to availability – on the Fifa website and at FNB branches.To watch a video that gives step-by-step instructions on how to apply for your tickets, visit Shine 2010.Package dealTeam-specific tickets (TST) are available for those who wish to closely follow the progress of a specific team. Those wanting to buy TST packages must apply for at least three matches, up to a maximum of seven. These are then guaranteed, even if the team in question is eliminated. Remaining games are not forfeited, as fans may then choose to follow the progress of a team that does make it to the next round.There are four TST packages from which to choose – for instance, a TST3 packages gives access to your team’s three group matches, while a TST4 package means you can attend the three group matches and the next stage game – the round of 16, which is the first of three elimination stages and is followed by the quarter- and semi-finals. A TST7 package means you can attend games right up to the final and third place playoff.Four categoriesFifa 2010 World Cup tickets are available in four categories, and the price depends on the location in the stadium as well as the stage of the tournament. Group games are more affordable than those in the elimination rounds.Category 1 – in the front alongside the pitch;Category 2 – adjacent to Category 1 seats, but in the corners;Category 3 – adjacent to Category 2 tickets, in the corners further up in the stands, or behind the goals;Category 4 – behind the goals.Category 4 tickets are reserved exclusively for South African residents are may only be bought using the local currency. Category 4 applicants must provide proof of residence as a security measure. The remaining three categories are available to all, both local residents and international visitors.Prices range from the cheapest, a R140 ($14) Category 4 group match ticket, to a whopping R6 300 ($632) for a Category 1 ticket alongside the field at the final. The cheapest ticket for the final is Category 4, at R1 050 ($105).Tickets for the opening game are priced from R490 ($49) for Category 4, to R3 150 ($316) for Category 1.Prices, say Fifa, are the lowest for a World Cup in many years, and are better priced than the cheapest tickets for both the Japan/South Korea and the German events.Fans need not worry that fluctuating exchange rates will affect their chances of affording a ticket. For the duration of the World Cup the exchange rate has been fixed at R7 to the dollar. The Local Organising Committee (LOC) will bear the extra cost should the rate go any higher.Hints for supportersWhile LOC CEO Danny Jordaan advises fans to get their applications in early, fans should also remember that the final draw only takes place on 4 December 2009 just before Phase Three of ticket sales. Those who are supporting specific teams may want to first wait to see where their favourites are scheduled to play, in the early rounds at least.“People should remember that they won’t be able to buy a match ticket on the morning of the game or at the gate,” warned Jordaan. “South Africans have to buy their tickets early.”While it may be risky waiting for the draw, fans will rest assured that they will be in the stands when their favourite team takes to the field.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesWorld Cup fast facts 500 days to 2010 Choppers to curb 2010 crime Useful linksFifaFifa – 2010 World CupSouth Africa 2010First National Bank Preliminary match schedule (pdf)last_img read more

Joburg wows visiting journalists

first_img The delegation then went to Johannesburg to board a Rea Vaya bus for a tour of the city. The nine-day junket, called the South Africa Gearing for Growth Media Tour, is being led by the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), the custodian of Brand South Africa. It kicked off on 28 November and will end on 5 December. The Gauteng excursion began on the morning of 29 November with a trip to the Competition Commission in Pretoria. Once there, the journalists were given an extensive presentation on how the organisation operates. Launched on 8 June 2010, the Gautrain is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng that will provide a link between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. The latter is currently operational, and the Pretoria link will come on stream soon. Rea Vaya is the name of Gauteng’s Bus Rapid Transport system, which is aimed at making transport in the city more reliable, convenient and affordable. Buses run along dedicated routes to ensure a speedy service. The enclosed stations along the route are spacious and welcoming. The journalists are from Brazil, the Netherlands, UK, China, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria and Russia. “I am pleased to officially welcome you to our beautiful country, South Africa, which is alive with possibilities,” she said. Warm South African welcome Deputy Minister in the Presidency Dina Pule welcomed the journalists to the country on the evening before the Gauteng leg of the tour. The group were shown where to enter the station, where to buy a ticket and where to board a train. They were also shown where they could report bad service by station personnel. The journalists dined at the chain’s head office in Bertrams – near the Johannesburg Stadium – where they met Nandos founder Robert Brozin. They were also taken through the brand’s quirky marketing campaign, which has become known for its unique social commentary and satire. Park Station has daily commuter rail services running west to Carletonville, Randfontein and Soweto; east to Springs, Nigel and Daveyton; north to Pretoria and south to Vereeniging. 1 December 2010 A group of international journalists recently visited Johannesburg as part of a media tour organised by the International Marketing Council of South Africa. The city’s public transport system, and some delicious local fare, were among the highlights of the tour. The Competition Commission is responsible for rooting out restrictive business practices in South Africa to ensure a healthy and efficient economy. First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. “We have brought you here to feel and experience what South Africa has to offer and to witness how we are gearing up for growth. We also want you to experience our diverse infrastructure and institutional excellence. Most importantly, we brought you to help us tell a uniquely South African story to the world.” “It is our hope that through this tour we can show why South Africa deserves to be rated among the world’s most dynamic emerging markets,” said Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa. After the Rea Vaya tour, delegates were treated to lunch from South Africa’s most famous chicken outlet, Nandos. The system does not operate in a vacuum – it is a significant part of a city-wide plan to ensure a seamless public transport network combining regular buses, rail, taxis and private vehicles. The tour will also stop in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province; Pilanesburg in North West; and Secunda in Mpumalanga. Stopping off at Park Station A tour of Johannesburg’s Park Station in the CBD was next on the itinerary. This station is a transport hub where trains, long-distance buses and taxis meet and depart. The station will soon accommodate the Gautrain as well. It is also the terminus of Shosholoza Meyl long-distance services to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein via Kimberley, Komatipoort via Nelspruit and Musina via Polokwane. “It is our hope that at the end of the tour, the first-hand experience of our country will provide journalists with a seamless understanding of South Africa on the move.” Sights and sounds of Gauteng James Lawrence, a British freelance journalist, said: “Coming from the UK, one thing I have already fallen in love with is the weather. I also thought when people spoke about Soweto I would find run-down buildings with no amenities and poverty, but I was surprised to find a vibrant nucleus of life.” Travelling at a maximum speed of between 160 to 180km/h, it will take passengers from Pretoria to Johannesburg, or vice versa, in less than 40 minutes. One of the guests, Enoch Wambua, a sub-editor for a Sunday newspaper in Kenya, said: “It took us approximately 35 minutes to go from Johannesburg town, to Soccer City and back to town on the Rea Vaya. We were reassured of its convenience and efficiency.”last_img read more