World Cup background resources

first_imgAll you need to know about the 2010 Fifa World Cup in one place: media toolkit, host cities, stadiums, a history of the tournament, the lowdown on South Africa’s national squad, team statistics, photographs, information on Fan Fests, health, transport … 2010 Fifa World Cup journalist’s toolkit The journalist’s toolkit provides media professionals with comprehensive in-depth background information, statistics, facts, figures and more with over 60 detailed official documents on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Read more …  2010 Fifa World Cup host cities Nine South African cities are host to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with the tournament’s 64 matches being played in 10 stadiums, two in Johannesburg and one in each of the other cities. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums Get facts, figures and photographs on the 10 stadiums hosting the 64 matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, five of which were built from scratch and one of them – Soccer City, the event’s showpiece – having undergone a massive upgrade to make it the largest stadium in Africa. Read more …   A brief history of the Fifa World Cup A lot happened in 1930. Constantinople was renamed Istanbul, the planet Pluto was discovered, and Agatha Christie’s first Miss Marple novel was published. And world football as we know it emerged with the first Fifa World Cup in Uruguay. Read more …   A brief history of Bafana Bafana South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana (“The Boys”), has a relatively short international history, only playing its first match in 1992 – two years before the country’s first democratic elections. Read more …   Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Guide Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee’s comprehensive 92-page guide to the tournament, packed with information on stadiums, host cities, fan parks, transport, health, safety and much more. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup team statistics Get to know the 32 teams competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup: the matches they’ll be playing, their past performances in the tournament, their countries as footballing nations and much more. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup final squads The final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers battling it out for sport’s biggest trophy. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup image library The 2010 Fifa World Cup section of the image library has been completely revamped, with hundreds of new, specially commissioned high-resolution photographs of the stadiums, fans, teams and celebrations. Read more …   25 questions on the 2010 Fifa World Cup Whether you plan to be watching the games in a stadium or fan park on the southern tip of Africa, or on the screen back home, here are the answers to 25 frequent questions about the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and the host country. Read more …   Football in South Africa Football is the most widely played sport in South Africa, and the quality of the local game keeps improving – as demonstrated by the increasing number of South African players-in-exile among the glamorous European clubs. Read more …   Sport in South Africa South Africa has a proud sporting history, and its people hold many world records and titles across a host of disciplines, on both an individual and team level. The country is also renowned for its successful hosting of major sporting events. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guide Fan Fests – massive, open-air big-screen gatherings to watch Fifa World Cup matches – attracted more than 18-million people at the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany. Now it’s South Africa’s turn to throw its own world-sized football parties. Read more …  The vuvuzela: Bafana’s 12th man Some find it quite annoying, and others even want it banned from stadiums, but South Africans love it dearly: it spurs the crowds on and is the very best local way to show support for Bafana Bafana – it’s the vuvuzela, and it’s here to stay. Read more …  Flying the South African flagThe 2010 Fifa World Cup has hit South Africa, and the country’s striking six-colour national flag is everywhere – wrapped around buildings, on car windows and rear-view mirrors, lining the highways and flying outside homes from suburbs to townships. Read more …  80 pieces of World Cup triviaThe first Fifa World Cup was played in 1930 in Uruguay, where the winning home squad were awarded the Victory trophy. The 1950 Fifa World Cup had no official final match. Be the know-it-all in the stadium during 2010 with our guide to World Cup trivia. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup guide to transport Fans attending 2010 Fifa World Cup matches need to have a clear idea of how they are going to get to the stadium, and back. Find out all you need to know about transport arrangements for the World Cup. Read more …   2010 Fifa World Cup health facilities The South African government has assured fans that the country’s health facilities – both hospitals and clinics – are ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and will provide health services of an international standard. Read more …   Download the Traveller’s Guide to Customs The South African Revenue Service has released a handy guide to customs requirements when entering and leaving the country for the 300 000 international visitors expected for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Read more …  Galleries 2010 Fifa World Cup Stadiums Nelson Mandela meets Bafana Bafana Launch of the Gautrain Tight security for the 2010 Fifa World Cup 30 days to Fifa World Cup Soccer City workers 100 days to kickoff The People’s Bus Beetle mania Nelson Mandela Bay Stadiumlast_img read more

Jobs centre to help unemployed youth

first_img24 July 2012 South Africa’s Gauteng province launched the first of 20 jobs centres on Monday in a bid to address unemployment and poverty among the province’s youth. The Lulaway Job Centre is a walk-in facility equipped with computers and staffed by trained young graduates on Louis Botha Avenue in Highlands North, Johannesburg. The provincial Department of Health and Social Development plans to register and train 8 000 young job-seekers by the end of 2012/13. Of these, 5 000 will be placed in various permanent positions in the private sector, with more than 107 companies having pledged their support for the project. At the centre, young job-seekers will be able to register on the job portal, receive career guidance, conduct screening tests and be assisted with job placement and job counselling. Free assessments are offered to ensure that young people pursue careers that complement their strengths. The department’s spokesperson, Sello Mokoena, explained that one of the unique features of the jobs centre model was to ensure that entry level positions were only available to the unemployed youth. “We intend establishing 20 job centres throughout the province,” he said, adding that some of the areas that will benefit from the project include Thembisa, Khutsong, Kagiso, Kwa-sokhulumi, Devon, Mamelodi, Diepsloot and Sicelo in Midvaal. “The centres will be housed in existing development centres, Thusong Centres and Business Enterprise Centres as they are closer to communities,” he said. Mokoena said it was important for job seekers to possess skills such as problem- solving, creativity, synthesis and analysis. “We need to increase access to information and to ensure that job-seekers are equipped with the relevant knowledge and market-related skills,” he said. Given the unemployment level in the province, employers would have to engage young job-seekers, and ensure that they have suitable credentials and practical experience to advance the economy, and to improve their lives. “We are concerned about limited employment opportunities for young people. They need to take cognisance of what job opportunities are available in the marketplace, and they should also seek more job opportunities and capitalise on their personal strengths,” Mokoena said. He said jobs centres should be seen as a part of a greater strategy for ensuring that young people survive the challenges of the globalised economy, as Gauteng is part of the international jobs market. Mokoena said too many young people find themselves locked into poverty and unemployment because of ignorance and lack of information. “We urge them to make use of government services and to make informed decisions, which is why we have initiated this project.” Source: read more

On Leadership and Decisions

first_imgIt isn’t always easy to lead. Leaders are called to do the tough job of making decisions.Leaders are required to make tough decisions. Most of the time you won’t have all of the information you need, and the information you do have won’t be perfect. You will be required to use your best judgment. Right or wrong, you will have to make the call.Leaders are required to make unpopular decisions. You will have to make decisions that other people oppose and with which they disagree. But your role as leader requires you to decide what is right, including the decisions where you can’t get a consensus agreement.Leaders decide on their own. You will take counsel from the people you trust, the people closest to the problem, and outside sources. Then you will make the decision because that is a leader’s charge.Leaders make mistakes. You live in a culture that loves to bring leaders down. Your mistakes will be broadcast louder and longer than your successes. You will be reminded that you are human and fallible. That will make you not unlike every other leader in history, not less than any other leader.Leaders make decisions based on values. There are some decisions that you will make that will be based on your values. When money is on the line, many people will expect you to decide to forego your values in the name of profit. They will question your judgment and your loyalty when you choose values over money. Your values will give strength against their criticism.Leaders are required to care for their people. You will make decisions to take care of your people. You will make decisions to help them when they need help, to give them time when they need more time, and to treat them as ends instead of means. You will be measured by how you treat the people you leave and how you have helped them improve.last_img read more