FNB Stadium will host more Soweto derbies. FNB’s grass being trimmed for a big game. Jacques Grobbelaar is a director of FNB’smanagement company. The calabash-designed venue was ahub of activity during the World Cup.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Orelia GrobbelaarCorporate AffairsStadium Management South Africa+27 11 247 5300Bongani NkosiThe FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, a hub of activity during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is the most profitable facility that was built or renovated in South African for tournament matches – and its success as a venue looks set to continue.The stadium, also referred to as Soccer City, is now back to hosting big sport games like the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, other premier league football matches, as well as international football and rugby matches.World-famous entertainers are also billed to perform at the 94 000-capacity venue in the coming months, said Jacques Grobbelaar, director of Stadium Management South Africa which manages the FNB facility, Soweto’s Orlando and Dobsonville stadiums and Rand Stadium in southern Johannesburg.“Big stars are coming to the stadium,” said Grobbelaar at a media briefing at the stadium on 22 September.It’s been confirmed that US pop sensation Neil Diamond will perform there later this year.Although there are concerns that the 10 World Cup stadiums won’t be used to their full potential, this is not the case with the multi-purpose FNB facility, said the management group which has been given full responsibility to run the venue owned by the City of Johannesburg.Tickets snapped up for FNB matchesThe government renovated the FNB Stadium at a cost of R3.3-billion (US$460.6-million) ahead of the global football spectacle.Since hosting the momentous World Cup matches, including the opening and final, FNB went on to stage four high-attendance football and rugby matches, two of which were sold-out events.The sold-out Telkom Charity Cup, which provided all-day football activities in August, was held there, followed later in the month by a historic Tri-Nations match between South Africa’s national rugby side the Springboks and the All Blacks of New Zealand. Some 92 000 tickets were snapped up for this face-off.Bafana Bafana beat Ghana at the stadium in a well-attended match on 10 August.It was also a playground for the first round of the MTN Top 8 semifinal between Soweto giants Chiefs and Pirates, which attracted more than 50 000 spectators. The second round will also be at the stadium on 25 September.“Pirates and Chiefs will play their big matches here,” Grobbelaar said.Stadium Management South Africa has secured further agreements with Chiefs and Pirates, the biggest premier league clubs in Johannesburg, to use Rand Stadium and Orlando Stadium for their home matches.Chiefs played its home matches outside Johannesburg during the previous season, although it’s traditionally a Soweto-based team. Another Soweto premier league outfit, Moroka Swallows, plays its home matches at Dobsonville Stadium.It’s taken more than luck to strike these agreements with such big teams, Grobbelaar said. It took the company 14 months to get Chiefs to agree to play at Rand Stadium, and negotiations with Pirates dragged on for nine months.It took 18 months to bring the Tri-Nations match to FNB, according to Grobbelaar. “We were quite chuffed with finalising those agreements,” he said.“It’s not the fact that we’re lucky, all stadiums are competing [for these games].”Negotiations are under way with the Golden Lions rugby team to be moved to FNB.Stadium financially sustainableThe stadium requires about R2.5-million ($35 000) for maintenance each month – but this is no problem for management because “we’ve put proper content by attracting Chiefs and Pirates”, said Grobbelaar.Management is “doing well” in “meeting the financial demands”.“We don’t have any concerns about sustainability. We know that the stadium will be utilised,” said Grobbelaar.The FNB Stadium receives no funding from the City of Johannesburg for maintenance. “We accepted full financial responsibility of the stadium.”Grobbelaar said 40% of the management group’s profit is ploughed into community development projects around Johannesburg.
The title of the post was inspired by David Allen, founder of GTD (Get Things Done); if you listen to him enough you’ll hear him say it.If you want better results than you are generating now, you have to become better than you are now.Putting Things in the Right OrderThere are a lot of areas you might improve upon, and in Sales business acumen is right at the top of that list. But not the very, very top.Your physical health is the most important factor when it comes to generating greater success. Without your physical health, you will lack the stamina and energy to perform at peak levels. You are going to generate your very best performance when you are in your best physical health.The answer to optimal health is simple, but it isn’t easy. It requires that you sleep more than you believe necessary. It also means you need to eat with health as the intention instead of pleasure (even though there are ways to accomplish both). You also have to maintain your hydration.This is all common sense, but too few practice it, especially people who are running and gunning, hustling and achieving.Mental ToughnessThe second most important factor in your success depends a great deal on the first factor, and that is your psychological health. Your mental stamina and mental toughness depend a great deal upon your physical health. But they also depend upon your underlying belief systems and your attitude.You may not believe that you have a philosophy of your own, but you do, and it is found in your belief structures. The question is whether it is serving you.Your personal philosophy, your mind’s operating system, is worth exploring, and it’s worth working on. For an immediate improvement, look at the new mindfulness work and the stoic philosophies (Of which Tim Ferris and Ryan Holliday are huge proponents, both who make that work easily accessible).If you really want to be a hustler, and by that I mean a truly successful salesperson, you need to be committed to yourself first and foremost. Before you dive into a new health regimen it’s important that you’re mindful as to why you are doing it. Your physical health is the foundation upon which your sales success is built.
zoom Japan-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has developed a mariner safety education tool goggle – using virtual reality (VR) technology – to help eliminate industrial accidents. Created by Tsumiki Seisaku, the tool relies on VR technology to replicate various training scenarios and work operations, which have been a difficult task until now, offering a new level of realism and immersion.As explained, the tool works on easily portable VR goggles, which make it possible for seafarers to train safely regardless of location, onboard or in an office or a training center.“This tool will increase seafarers’ safety awareness and contribute to the elimination of onboard industrial accidents caused by unsafe behavior in actual operation by using VR technology and defining safety measures,” MOL said in a statement.Initially, the training content focuses on preventing accidental falls, a major cause of injuries, and will be expanded to cover other training needs.MOL intends to introduce the tool to more vessels while expanding the range of simulated experiences to provide more training in onboard safety.What is more, the company and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) have been jointly developing practical use applications and commercialization of the next-generation ship management support system and the current data collection and monitoring systems, providing the basis for a new system.According to MOL, this initiative will allow enhanced operating support from shore-side systems and personnel. The two companies are working to reduce the environmental impact of vessel operation by preventing problems and reducing the oil consumption, such as bunker fuel oil, which in turn cuts exhaust emissions.
ProSiebenSat.1’s deputy chief finance officer Gunnar Wiedenfels will take over the role of CFO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media from Axel Salzmann, effective April 1, 2015. Announcing the move, ProSiebenSat.1 said that Salzmann will leave the company at his own request on March 31, 2015. He has been CFO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media since June 2008, and for a brief period in 2009 was acting CEO.Effective of his new position, Wiedenfels will be appointed to the Executive Board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media.He joined the ProSiebenSat.1 Group in 2009 and became deputy CFO in March 2014.At the same time, ProSiebenSat.1’s executive vice president of mergers and acquisitions and chief investment officer, Ralf Schremper, also takes a place on the board, assuming the newly created “Corporate Strategy and Investments” executive department.“I am delighted that again two colleagues from the company’s ranks, Dr. Gunnar Wiedenfels and Dr. Ralf Schremper, will be appointed to the Executive Board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG. Both have been contributing to the company’s success for years,” said Werner Brandt, chairman of the supervisory board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media.“On behalf of the Supervisory Board, I thank Axel Salzmann warmly for his outstanding commitment to ProSiebenSat.1. In recent years, Mr. Salzmann has made a crucial contribution to putting the company on today’s sound financial foundation.”
Cable Europe has called on the European Parliament to improve the “legal framework for the licensing of TV programmes” as new content portability rules come into effect.From April 1, new rules mean that users of online audiovisual services can view content while outside their home country within the EU.However, Cable Europe, the trade association that represents broadband cable TV operators in Europe, claims that in order to fulfill the promise of the portability regulation, service providers need to have out-of-home rights to allow customers to watch TV shows when they are on the move.“Under today’s legislative framework, cable operators may not be able to provide the full range of portability services because of the complexities surrounding copyright clearance for ‘online’ content,” said Cable Europe in a statement.“The draft SatCab regulation, which is currently being examined by the European Parliament and Council, holds the key for this to happen. There is an urgent need to improve the legal framework for the licensing of TV programmes, and to take the opportunity to present a coherent framework in the interests of European citizens.”“Cable Europe calls upon both the European Parliament and the Member States to ensure that the SatCab regulation delivers the necessary streamlining of online copyright clearance, for the benefit and enjoyment of all European consumers.”In December, MEPs endorsed a watered-down version of rules on ‘content portability’ across frontiers within the EU. This was proposed by the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee in November.