7 March 2008Global football authority Fifa has selected a joint venture between South African events companies Circa Hospitality and Warwick Hospitality and Events as the exclusive sales agent in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa for official hospitality packages during the 2010 World Cup.“We are convinced that our sales and marketing alliances represent the best options to Match Hospitality in terms of their existing market knowledge and networks within the market of the host nation of the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Match Hospitality CEO Pascal Portes said in Johannesburg on Wednesday.Match Hospitality has been appointed by Fifa to be responsible for accommodation, ticketing and computer and information technology solutions during the 2010 World Cup. Circa Hospitality forms part of the SAIL Group, while Warwick Hospitality and Events is part of the Primedia Group.Match has designed a variety of hospitality packages for local and international guests centred around the duration of the World Cup, which includes match tickets, exclusive hospitality services in stadiums, catering, parking, special access, entertainment, accommodation, transport and other tourism related activities.Hospitality package content has been divided into two sections: the On-site Hospitality Package includes match tickets coupled with catering, parking, special access, entertainment and guest services, while the Full Hospitality Package includes added accommodation, transportation and tourism activities.Hospitality categories have been divided into three and include Private Suites, Shared Suites and Executive Hospitality.Ensuring competitive pricingPortes said Match had tried to structure the packages in such a way to ensure prices were competitive, with the average price per person and per package across the spectrum of various packages offered being US$1 450 (about R11 645).Match has been allocated 3 000 hotel rooms for the duration of the event and will be working in close proximity with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to maximise tourism benefit for South Africa and neighbouring countries.Furthermore, the five hospitality series have been packaged to include the “Big Six” Series, Gauteng Series, Venue Series, Follow Your Team Series and Final Round Series.Price ranges for the various packages range from $1 750 per person for the “Big Six” Series, which covers 44 matches in total, to between $380 to $1 400 per person for the Venue Series.The most expensive package is the Final Round Series, pricing in at between $3 500 and $6 000 per person for between two to four matches.Tickets go on sale locally in June 2008, with South Africans being given a three-month period ahead of the international market in order to give priority to the host nation.Source: BuaNews
The SABC’s role in promoting social cohesion and non-racialism was explored at a seminar in Johannesburg.Bessie Tugwana, acting chief operating officer at the SABC, speaks at a seminar exploring the public broadcaster’s role. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Priya PitamberThe South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was there to serve its people, said the acting chief operating officer, Bessie Tugwana. This was one of the messages that came out of a seminar on the SABC’s Role in Promoting Social Cohesion.The event was hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. Alongside Tugwana, other panellists included Emeritus Professor Pieter Fourie, a research fellow in the department of communication science at the University of South Africa, and Dr Caryn Abrahams from the Wits School of Governance.Sound policyFourie opened the discussion by commending the Broadcasting Act of the 1990s. “These policies were state of the art, especially coming out of apartheid,” he said.The seminar took place in Johannesburg on 29 August.If the SABC would stick to its policy, said Fourie, there should not be any problems. He described the current issues facing the broadcaster as systematic and structural, referring to the SABC’s financial situation and leadership crisis.But he said the broadcaster was doing a good job of promoting non-racialism and upholding journalistic professionalism. “I can still tune in to a news bulletin every night on TV, and radio shows.”Fourie: As a user of the SABC despite issues, still doing good. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017However, the SABC needed to justify its privileged position and adapt to a new media environment, he said. “Network communication is about interactivity, and it plays a bigger role. The SABC needs to take that into consideration.”In agreementAbrahams agreed that the broadcaster helped to build a cohesive society and promote a national identity.– @carynabe says SABC does create a sense of social cohesion, based on govt definition of social cohesion. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017“The SABC has done well in terms of language inclusion,” she said, using the example of Takalane Sesame.– @carynabe – in terms of programming, esp language inclusion, SABC does quite well. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017Showing the audience an SABC advertisement from the 1990s, where the script was flipped between black and white people in South Africa, she said the SABC provided South Africans with a platform to discuss race.See the ad:Tugwana admitted that the SABC was not where it wanted to be, but pointed out that public broadcasting was essential. “[It] has to be the eyes and ears of the nation. Public broadcasting has to reflect what is, and not change it. That is the challenge.”South Africa’s democracy still needed to be nurtured because it was so young. “Therein lies the role of the public broadcaster.”Responding to Fourie’s comment about the new media environment, she said the organisation was looking into how it could enhance what was already done, even in the social media space.The SABC was also about promoting languages, she said, picking up on comments from Abrahams.“We see languages being eroded, but a language is an integral part of your being. When you lose it, you lose your essence.“When you talk in your language, you are more confident and you are free to engage in dialogue.”Accountability and credibilityTugwana said the public broadcaster had a calling, a unique role, but agreed that it had lost credibility. “We started to rebuild it through engagement. The SABC is currently engaging the nation on the review of its editorial policies.“We at the SABC need to earn the respect of the nation.”Tugwana – we (SABC) need to go back to people to ask them what they want to hear and see. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending 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 Fajardo scored 35 points in the series opener, which San Miguel lost, 99-94.San Miguel, the four-time defending champion, pulled away early and buried the Hotshots by as many as 20 points, with the end result painting a picture of how the Finals ended last year.Austria and his charges also absorbed a Game 1 loss to Magnolia before winning the next four games to notch their eighth all-Filipino crown.“I told the guys before the game, ‘less talk and more action,’” said Chris Ross, who was among San Miguel’s heroes in Game 2. “I know the type of team we have. We have a bunch of resilient guys. After a loss, we usually play some really good basketball.”While both are pleased after Game 2, Austria and Ross stressed the importance of staying vigilant in the series—as if quashing the idea of possibly sweeping their foes again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Game time is at 6:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the Beermen shoot for a follow-up to a 108-101 Game 2 victory two nights ago where they played with so much control that didn’t at all reflect on the final score.“It will become an interesting game because it now boils down to just a best-of-five,” coach Leo Austria said. “I’ve always pointed out to my players the importance of getting a win first, [which we now have].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe key to the San Miguel dominance, as Austria would later admit, was getting everyone involved and the Beermen not being a one-man wrecking crew.“We were able to set up plays and we were able to not [rely heavily] on June Mar Fajardo,” Austria said after getting seven men in twin digits in Game 2. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Baptism of fire for Maroons San Miguel Beer and Magnolia break their 1-1 tie in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday, with the Beermen looking to wrest control of the series and put a serious dent on the Hotshots’ collective confidence.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “After watching the tape, they’ve probably figured out what happened. This is not going to be easy. Magnolia will come back hard,” Austria said with a tone of certainty.“It could happen again. It may not,” said Magnolia’s Paul Lee when asked about the possibility of last year’s heartbreak repeating itself. “But until the results are out, we’ll just try to put out the best fight we can and live with the results.”“It’s kind of unfortunate that it takes a loss to wake us up,” Ross noted. “But give credit to Magnolia, man. They are scrappy and they are a really good team. We know that these [three] wins [that we need] are not going to come easy and our guys are up to the task.”Marcio Lassiter, who was scoreless in Game 1, couldn’t agree more: “I’m pretty sure Magnolia will have some different schemes in Game 3.”And with his personal performance mirroring his team’s improvement, the San Miguel gunner hopes he sustains confidence as the series plods along.“I knew it would just take some time so I just have to build on this game,” Lassiter said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments