Bongani Nkosi The Diski Striker vehicle is doing its bit toraise excitement for the upcoming 2010Fifa World Cup. Some of the interesting facts inscribed onDiski Striker.(Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Peter Hall Head, James Hall Transport Museum+27 11 435 9485/6/7 or +11 435 9718An eye-catching minibus with a difference is currently zipping around Johannesburg to teach the public about the history of the Beautiful Game and build excitement ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which kicks off in June.The vehicle, which used to belong to the City of Johannesburg’s private fleet, has been kitted out in the colours of the South African flag, with side paneling that resembles a football and a giant black dung beetle on its rooftop. It’s called the Diski Striker – “diski” is the local township slang word for football.The Diski Striker’s football-shaped exterior is inscribed with interesting facts about the history of football across the world and new South African football trends, such as makarapas and vuvuzelas.It explains how the game of football developed and gives information on the various World Cups, starting with the inaugural tournament in 1930 – which Uruguay won – until 2006, when Italy became the champions in the German-hosted Cup.Peter Hall, head of the City of Johannesburg-owned James Hall Transport Museum, came up with the idea of the Diski Striker and developed it in April 2009. “The museum runs a lot of projects around education, and I knew that we had to do something for the World Cup,” he said.Spreading football fever“The vehicle has a means to communicate with the communities,” said Hall. “Children learn a lot from it.”It took Hall and his team at the museum six weeks to transform and revive the minibus, which had been destined for demolition. Their job included painting the vehicle, adding the metal football paneling to the sides and attaching the dung beetle to the roof. The friendly-looking beetle replica is made from steel, wire and fibreglass.Diski Striker was finally unveiled to the public in November last year and has been a familiar site on the city’s roads ever since.It has travelled around Orange Farm in the south of Johannesburg, about 45km from the city centre, and visited other disadvantaged areas in the city like Diepsloot and Alexandra townships. “It will also do a road show through these areas,” said Sue Reddy, a senior specialist at the City of Johannesburg’s Arts, Culture and Heritage department.“Diski Striker is used to educate and engage people on the big picture of the forthcoming 2010 event,” Reddy said. “The project is intended to add to a lasting soccer legacy.”Busy scheduleWith fewer than 150 days left until the World Cup kicks off, the Diski Striker has a busy schedule.Driven by the museum’s David Rikhotso and at times by Hall himself, the minibus stops at shopping malls, schools and other public areas around the city, such as parks. During each trip vuvuzelas and footballs – sponsored by the City of Johannesburg – are handed out to fans along the way.The museum has also launched an educational bus that is circuiting city schools and recreation centres to spread interesting information about the upcoming football spectacular.Hall said they are developing a mobile television bus, which they hope to launch soon. “It will be a moving fan park for children [during the World Cup].”History of transport in JohannesburgThe James Hall Transport Museum, situated in La Rochelle southeast of Johannesburg, details the history of transportation in Johannesburg over the centuries. Developed by the late James Hall, a car enthusiast, and the city council in 1964, the museum exhibits several modes of transport like vintage bicycles, motorbikes, steam locomotives, buses and trams.Peter Hall has built on his father’s passion for historic vehicles and still collects models for the museum. “There are all sort of vehicles dating from 1786 to 1980,” Hall said.“The museum has grown and we have plans to develop it further,” he added. “We would like to have a tram running across the museum.”The Diski Striker will become one of the museum exhibits after the World Cup. “It will definitely be part of the history and heritage of the country,” Hall said.
12 July 2012South African business confidence improved in June following the dip in May, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) reported on Wednesday, while cautioning that the uncertain global situation would test the recovery going forward.Sacci’s Business Confidence Index (BCI) improved by 2.1 points to 94.9 in June.“A substantial annual gap in the BCI of 8.4 points developed between May 2011 and May 2012, but narrowed to 7.5 points between June 2011 and June 2012,” Sacci said in a statement.The dip in the Business Confidence Index (BCI) in May 2012 was followed by notable improvements in the sub-indices in June 2012. While only two of the 13 sub-indices of the BCI were positive on a month-on-month basis in May, eight sub-indices turned positive, with one remaining unchanged in June 2012.The majority of the sub-indices in both the financial and real economic divisions of the BCI were positive in June.“The annual comparison of the sub-indices was less convincing, where five of the 13 sub-indices improved in June 2012 and one remained unchanged,” Sacci said.“The financial environment was less supportive of a positive business mood than a year ago, while there were signs that the real economic environment may have consolidated.”Although the improvement in business confidence is important, the recovery of the BCI in June may still be tested given the uncertain global economic situation.Sacci said the need for market-driven private sector fixed investment from local as well as foreign investors remained vital.“Although business confidence has strayed from its current downward trend originating in March 2012, the promotion of a domestic environment that is nurturing to the supply-side of the economy could cause a more lasting directional change in business confidence,” the chamber said.Source: SANews.gov.za
UP NEXTCeltics: At Brooklyn on Monday night.Magic: At home against Houston on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kyrie Irving scored 25 points for the Celtics, 10 of them from the foul line in the final 4:31 as Boston made its late charge. He appeared frustrated afterward with Gordon Hayward, who inbounded the ball on Boston’s final possession.Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando, which broke a four-game losing streak. Terrence Ross came off the bench with 25 points, 18 in the second half.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 starsBoston fell behind 29-21 early in the second quarter after going 5 minutes, 45 seconds between field goals. But Jaylen Brown hit a couple of 3-pointers, and Tatum and Marcus Smart each hit one as the Celtics took command with a 23-5 run and led 51-41 at halftime.Boston led 61-53 when Tatum went to the bench with four fouls midway through the third quarter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Ageless Roger Federer sounds confident warning on eve of Australian Open defense Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic makes an uncontested dunk against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — Aaron Gordon had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off a late rally to beat the Boston Celtics 105-103 on Saturday night.Jayson Tatum missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it for the Celtics, who charged back from a nine-point deficit in the final 1:43 before losing to the Magic for the second time this season.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Vucevic and Ross scored nine points apiece in the period and Ross hit a 3-pointer in the final second to help Orlando cut the deficit to five.Ross and Gordon then combined for 14 points in a 19-4 fourth-quarter run that regained a seven-point lead for Orlando with 5:57 remaining.TIP-INSCeltics: F-C Aron Baynes missed an 11th straight game with a fractured finger on his left hand. … Hayward, an 88 percent free-throw shooter, missed his first three attempts.Magic: Rookie C Mo Bamba, who missed a second game with a sore left foot, hopes to return by Wednesday. … Orlando won the season series for the first time since 2009-10.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
zoom San Diego-based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO christened the Liberty, the third ECO Class tanker under contract with SEA-Vista LLC on December 17. The 610-foot-long, 50,000 deadweight ton, liquefied natural gas-conversion-ready ECO Class tanker is the third out of three tankers ordered by SEA-Vista, a partnership between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Avista Capital Partners.The ship’s ECO design is said to achieve 33 percent increased fuel efficiency through several features, including a G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine and an optimized hull form.The construction and operation of the new ECO Class tankers is aligned with the Jones Act, requiring that ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports be built in U.S. shipyards.Earlier this year, NASSCO delivered the first two ECO Class tankers for SEA-Vista LLC – the Independence and the Constitution.The new tankers, designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea, are a continuation of the ECO MR Tanker design, which includes a Ballast Water Treatment System.