Gautrain benefits ‘outweigh costs’

first_img28 October 2005The Gautrain is expected to cost R20-billion, nearly three times the 2002 sum of R7-billion. Finance Minister Trevor Manuel confirmed the new figure, an increase of more than 70 percent, in Parliament this week.The Gautrain consists of an 80km rail link between Johannesburg, Tshwane and Joburg International Airport.“The potential socio-economic benefits far outweigh the cost of the project,” said Ignatius Jacobs, Gauteng provincial minister for public transport, roads and works.Job creationSome of these benefits include: almost 93 000 jobs during the construction and commissioning phases; additional gross geographical product (GGP) during construction estimated to be about R5-billion, and about R165-million a year during the operation and maintenance of the system; a provincial GGP increase of between 0.7 percent and 1 percent during the implementation phase; the employment of about 3 500 people a year during the 15-year operational phase; and up to 40 000 jobs in other economic activities in the vicinity of the stations.The Bombela Consortium will operate the high-speed rail link for 15 years, after which it will be handed over to the province.Other benefits are the projected time savings by commuters using the Gautrain of R933-million annually, as well as savings in accident costs of R15-million a year. There will also be environmental savings: a massive reduction in carbon dioxide emissions each year.Cost increasesThe major reasons for the cost increase are:additions as a result of the environmental impact assessment, which necessitated changes to the route alignment and the introduction of mitigation measures;the net effect of more passengers and the consequent increase in the size of the system as a result of the completion date moving from 2007 to 2010;the recent increases in land costs influencing the acquisition of land needed for construction;the reviewed risk values as a result of the fact that in a private-public partnership project all risks need to be priced and incorporated;VAT on the construction total that was originally not included in the 2002 costing; andadditional tunnel lining as a result of geotechnical conditions, the relocation of bulk services and reviewed insurance premiums.‘Competitive edge’“Gautrain is a turnkey project that will not only change the face of Gauteng but also increase the province’s competitive edge,” Jacobs said.The Gautrain would transform public transport and would fulfil government goals like broad-based black economic empowerment and small, medium and micro enterprise development, encourage economic development and promote business tourism, he said.The Gautrain project team is negotiating with Bombela Consortium, the chosen bidder, to reach financial closure on the project by the end of 2005. Construction is expected to begin in early 2006, and the Gautrain should be complete in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.The costing from Bombela is a “fixed price lump sum contract”, which means that there will be no future unexpected cost increases. The final costing is within the affordability limit set by the National Treasury.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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COP17 starts in Durban

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma, Minister of Inter-national Relations and Cooperation MaiteNkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Water andEnvironmental Affairs Edna Molewa, andDeputy President Kgalema Motlanthe wavetheir caps in support of COP17.(Image: GCIS) Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthecompleted a three-kilometre walkalong Durban’s beachfront to raiseawareness about rising sea levels.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sifiso JacklasAccount Manager, COP17The Communications Firm+27 82 302 9990Wilma den HartighThe much-anticipated COP17 climate change conference, considered one of the world’s most important events, got underway in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province this morning.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) starts today and ends on 9 December.The conference has brought together experts from around the world to discuss solutions to the increasing threat of global climate change.About 20 000 people are expected to gather in Durban to take part in the climate talks, among them heads of state, government representatives, international organisations, entrepreneurs, businessmen, academics, activists and NGOs.Conference outcomesThe main goal of the discussions is to advance the implementation of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan, agreed on at COP13 in 2007, and the Cancun Agreements, reached at COP16 last year.“We have come a long way since Copenhagen and Cancun. Durban must take us many steps forward towards a solution that saves tomorrow today,” said President Jacob Zuma, welcoming the delegates to COP17.Many expect that the Kyoto Protocol is likely to dominate the talks, as 2012 marks the end of the first commitment period for the treaty that was signed in 1997.The Kyoto Protocol currently places legal obligations on nations, with the exception of the US, China, India and Brazil who are not signatories to the treaty, to reduce greenhouse emissions by 5.2%.Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, is confident that governments have come to Durban understanding the importance of the Kyoto Protocol.“I therefore strongly believe that there will be an effort to move into a second commitment period,” Figueres said, speaking at a media gathering in Durban ahead of COP17’s opening day.Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said that the need to renew and revise the Kyoto Protocol has become urgent.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who completed a three-kilometre walk along Durban’s beachfront over the weekend to raise awareness about rising sea levels, said South Africa was hoping to get a legally binding agreement during the COP17 negotiations.In a statement, Motlanthe said that solutions to climate change require global input.“The Kyoto Protocol can come to an end and that’s a good reason why there should be another endorsement. No single nation can tackle climate change, we need a coordinated effort,” he said.Southafrica.info reports that President Jacob Zuma said it was crucial for COP17 to ensure that the Cancun Agreements, which included the establishment of a Green Climate Fund, became operational.Important for AfricaMolewa said although Africa has contributed least to the build up of greenhouse gases globally, the adverse effects of climate change would be felt most severely on the continent.According to Molewa, the average African generates about 13 times less greenhouse gases than his counterpart in North America. In 2007, the continent accounted for less than 4% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions.However, without mitigation and adaptation measures these figures could increase.She said that Africa needs more sustainable development with new, clean technologies to avoid the environmental mistakes of the developed world.“Considering that 550-million people in Africa do not have access to electricity, there is enormous scope for Africa to become a world leader in renewable energy sources,” she said.Such developments can reduce the vulnerability of African societies, and even ensure that Africa becomes climate resilient.Global cooperation and accountabilityMolewa said that a response to climate change requires global cooperation and accountability.“The South African government recognises its role as the major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions on the continent. We are responsible for 38% of Africa’s total emissions,” she said.South Africa intends to change this.The National Climate Change Response White Paper outlines government’s commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 34% below a business as usual trajectory in 2020, and by 40% in 2025 before stabilising emissions in absolute terms, and ultimately reducing them.The African Union has partnered with South Africa to ensure that the African Pavilion at COP17 effectively presents the issues of climate change that Africa is grappling with.“The impacts of climate change know no border, and it has been a driving force for cooperation between African governments,” said Molewa.More climate change awarenessThe UN’s Figueres told reporters that there is growing momentum amongst rich and developing nations to take action against global warming.Developed countries have passed more legislation and governments are businesses are also raising awareness about climate change.In a BuaNews report, Figueres said it is encouraging to see governments and civil society taking action.“Durban should mark the next milestone in the climate talks. We expect that many of the issues that leaders agreed on in Mexico will find a way of being implemented here,” she said, “and these include the Green Climate Fund and other matters.”last_img read more

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Science education gets a boost

first_imgIBM South Africa corporate citizenship manager Sydney Hadebe and Sci-Bono CEO David Kramer. Sci-Bono helps to stimulate children’s natural curiosity and focus it on science. A hands-on approach makes learning more interesting for youngsters.(Images: Anish Abraham) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sci-Bono Discovery Centre  +27 11 639 8400 RELATED ARTICLES • Sci-Bono CEO gets French knighthood • Denel helps maths, science pupils • Fostering SA’s young scientists • Pushing the science envelope • Global award for young SA innovatorAnish Abraham The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, South Africa’s largest science centre, is aiming to boost education in mathematics, science and technology by invoking the inherent curiosity of children, and teaching them new ideas and concepts while they play and interact with the many exhibits that it hosts. Established by the Gauteng Department of Education and the private sector in 2004, the centre seeks to address the scarce skills needs of South Africa by contributing to the effective delivery of quality maths, science and technology education in all schools in the province. According to Sci-Bono CEO David Kramer, science centres are a rather recent phenomenon, with the first one taking shape in San Francisco in 1984. Known as the Exploratorium, it is one of the four biggest centres of its kind in the world, and was set up by physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer as a way through which ordinary citizens could keep in touch with the latest advances in technology. Oppenheimer was no stranger to advances in technology – his brother Robert was one of the developers of the world’s first nuclear weapon. Since those early days, Kramer said, there were now over 30 000 science centres and museums across the world, and that there is hardly a major city that does not have one. He pointed out that the difference between science museums and science centres was that centres were not about exhibitions that people merely looked at, but were filled with interactive exhibits, made so that visitors could engage with them and learn new things. “There are 35 science centres in South Africa, but Sci-Bono is the flagship,” he said. They range in sizes from huge warehouses to a small room.Programmes and activities Kramer said that Sci-Bono had a programme of activities and projects taking place throughout the year, and its outreach programme targets schoolchildren who are unable to travel from outlying areas into Johannesburg. Programmes include a Rocket Science Club where pupils learn to design, build and launch rockets that are capable of flying several hundred metres into the air; and a robotics programme, whose participants have even competed at international level. While working on these projects, Kramer said, the children were guided and mentored by “professionals and not teachers”.Similarly, the guides who take the children around the various exhibits are young BSc graduates with a passion for science and technology – ensuring that children learn while having fun.Helping kids to learn Sci-Bono is unique, given the relationship the centre has with the Gauteng Department of Education, in that it also had a big role to play in curriculum delivery and teacher training in the fields of maths and science. The centre also runs a supplementary tuition programme in 137 sites across the province, where schoolchildren can go to learn, with highly skilled teachers from some of the province’s leading schools being brought in on the day to teach. “Over 80% of the schools that come here are from a previously disadvantaged environment, we provide them with free admission and transport,” Kramer said, adding that while wealthier schools were asked to pay for admission fees, no cash-strapped schools would be turned away. This was possible because of funding from the provincial education department, and means that Sci-Bono is not reliant on admission fees for survival.Comprehensive career guidance Another unique point is that Sci-Bono has an attached career centre. “It is a full service career centre that provides guidance and counselling,” Kramer said, adding that it was one of the few places where students from disadvantaged backgrounds could undergo free psychometric and aptitude testing. In this way, the centre not only directed the curiosity of children into the world of maths and science, but also helped improve the flow of potential candidates studying these subjects at a tertiary level. Kramer said they expected to have 206 000 visitors to the centre over the course of the year, while also reaching out to an additional 150 000 pupils through their various outreach programmes. “We are not just a conventional science centre, but we are also the control room for maths and science in Gauteng,” he said.last_img read more

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Heartbreak and disbelief as Andy Murray announces retirement

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: PBA Q&A with Blackwater rookie Paul Desiderio “Unreal results in a brutal era. Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy,” he said.Murray’s failure to recover from a long-term hip injury has put his dream to win next week’s Australian Open almost beyond reach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSuch is the level of pain that there is speculation he may not be able to go the distance, much less set up a dream farewell at Wimbledon this July.Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro — who fell short against Murray in a memorable 2016 Olympic gold medal game — urged him not to throw in the towel. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations.”That sentiment was echoed by Belgian four-time major winner Kim Clijsters, who like many could not help but be moved by Murray’s emotional announcement.“My heart breaks listening to @andy_murray during his press conference,” she tweeted.It is in his native Britain that the announcement will be perhaps most keenly felt.Murray’s status as the greatest British male player in several generations meant he carried the expectations of a nation onto the court. By meeting them, his impact transcended tennis.Many hoped he can muster the strength and fitness to return to the All England Club — where he twice won in fairytale fashion — for a career finale.“He deserves his moment to say goodbye at Wimbledon. He’s too important to Great Britain and Wimbledon history to not have it,” said Roddick.“He just needs to play any match for the goodbye he deserves.”US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish pointed to Murray’s famous determination, which helped him compete against stronger and more skilled players.“The @andy_murray that I know will absolutely make it to Wimbledon to play his final tournament,” he tweeted. “Not many with more heart, effort in the history of the game. Was always a pleasure to share the court pal.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting,” he wrote.“I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.”The sentiment was echoed by tennis’ women stars, who Murray championed — famously rebuking a journalist for glossing over American greats like Serena Williams arguing for equal billing on the centre courts.Indian star Sania Mirza dubbed him her “foreverfavourite” and a “#foreverachampion”.Legend Billie Jean King declared him a “champion on and off the court”.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Britain’s Andy Murray reacts as he leaves a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)Tennis ace Andy Murray’s tearful announcement Friday that he’ll be forced to retire this year prompted a volley of tributes to the man, fond recollections of a historic career and encouragement to serve up a fitting farewell.American star Andy Roddick led the tributes to the former world number one, describing his 11-time opponent as an “absolute legend” who is on the “short list of best tacticians” in the history of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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TRENDS OF THE GAME COACHING BREAKFAST A SUCCESS

first_imgMore than 120 people turned out for Touch Football Australia’s inaugural ‘Trends of the Game’ breakfast at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club this morning. The breakfast was hosted as part of TFA’s commitment to facilitating innovation in the sport and working towards securing the 2009 Youth World Cup and the 2011 World Cup. Australian Women’s Open coaches Kerry Norman and Dean Russell kicked off proceedings with a presentation analysing areas of the game that Australian players at all levels need to focus on as well as the type of characteristics selectors are looking for in elite squad members.Norman and Russell also presented some video footage to display the strengths of the Australian Women’s Open team and the way they claimed the 2007 World Cup. Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad was next to take the floor, clearly illustrating some of his successful 2007 World Cup team’s tactics. Trad gave a fascinating insight into the processes that have been implemented over the past five years in evolving the sport in this country.  Australian Mixed Open assistant coach Karley Banks gave a presentation outlining the differences between domestic and international Mixed Touch Football as well as outlining some of the changes that need to be made to reverse the Mixed category results of the last World Cup. Australian Mixed Open Captain Tony Eltakchi supplied comic relief as usual, and support for the contention that Mixed is a pivotal genre of the game that needs to be spotlighted in the future to ensure development of the game continues.TFA Director of Coaching Dennis Coffey then made a presentation about technical aspects of player positioning as well as encouraging a uniform model of coaching throughout Australia. TFA National Director of Referees Lou Tompkins concluded the forum with a discussion of current attitudes in referring and requirements of top-level whistleblowers. The gathered throng then participated in question time with the coaches on the panel.Australia’s elite coaches through the National High Performance Program are offering their advice to budding coaches by spending time in the sub boxes of teams who request their input. The Trends of the game breakfast was very informative and well received by the crowd who braved the early morning start to listen to some of the best coaches in the business impart their knowledge to assist coaches to increase their knowledge of Elite level coaching.last_img read more

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10 months agoBologna coach Inzaghi: Emotional facing Ancelotti

first_imgBologna coach Inzaghi: Emotional facing Ancelottiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna coach Filippo Inzaghi is looking forward to facing Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli.Inzaghi played for Ancelotti at AC Milan.”Facing Carlo will be really emotional,” Inzaghi said in his pre-match Press conference.“He’s a great man and we have a strong and emotional bond. We’ve always had a wonderful relationship.“However, I hope I can make him feel sad, after all the joy I brought him throughout my career…” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months ago​PSG star Rabiot considers Tottenham ‘below’ his level

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​PSG star Rabiot considers Tottenham ‘below’ his levelby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveParis Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot does NOT want to join Tottenham.Per ESPN FC, a source close to the player has said that he sees Spurs as “below” his level.The 23-year-old central midfielder is seemingly destined to leave PSG, as he cannot agree on a new contract.And it is reported that Barcelona want to sign him on a free transfer in the summer.But no agreement is final. And other clubs have an interest, including Juventus and Spurs.PSG wanted to keep Rabiot, but his wage demands of €10 million a year proved too steep.But the developments have annoyed PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is unhappy the saga has dragged and that PSG will lose another homegrown talent. last_img read more

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a month agoNaby Keita chose not to travel with Liverpool for win at Sheffield Utd

first_imgNaby Keita chose not to travel with Liverpool for win at Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNaby Keita chose not to travel with the Liverpool squad for victory at Sheffield United.The Reds saw out a nail-biting 1-0 win after Gini Wijnaldum’s strike bobbled through the legs of Dean Henderson in the Blades goal.Keita, who starred in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over MK Dons on Wednesday, was not part of the squad which travelled to Yorkshire for the lunchtime kick off.The Liverpool Echo says despite making his comeback from injury midweek, the midfielder elected to stay behind at Melwood to work on his fitness.Before Wednesday, Keita had not featured for Liverpool in five months, and Jurgen Klopp is taking extra precautions in order to ensure the 24-year-old makes a full recovery. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2 days agoChelsea boss Lampard: Me? Scared?

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard: Me? Scared?by Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has dismissed claims of being intimidated by Ajax ahead of their Champions League encounter.The Blues are set for a critical match with the Eredivisie champions, who have won both of their first two Group H matches comfortably against Valencia and Lille.A journalist suggested during the pre-match press conference that he looks scared of the Dutch giants.However, the Chelsea legend brushed that comment off with a cheeky remark of his own claiming that “is just my face”.Lampard said: “That is just my face.“It is a really tough match against a team that we know how they performed last year and how they’ve started this group, winning both games comfortably.“So it’s going to be a tough match, I don’t think the five wins mean anything other than that hopefully we have some confidence.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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