first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 8 June 2009 With just over a year to go to the kickoff of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province has become the first built-from-scratch stadium to be officially opened for the tournament. “For us, today’s first opening of a newly built 2010 Fifa World Cup stadium is a huge boost,” 2010 Organising Committee South Africa (OC) chief executive officer Danny Jordaan said at a “people’s opening” ceremony attended by 25 000 residents of Port Elizabeth on Sunday. “With the four stadiums about to host the Fifa Confederations Cup ready, this brings to five the number of 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums now complete a year to go before the event,” Jordaan said. “And all the other five new arenas are also shaping up nicely to be ready well ahead of the event.” Eight games, including a third and fourth place playoff and a quarterfinal, will take place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, which will seat 48 000 fans during next year’s tournament. The stadium will host its first competitive game on 16 June when the touring British and Irish Lions rugby team play a local Southern Kings Invitational side. Jordaan praised the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, saying the it was a “tribute to their project management capability, the construction company and the workers that they managed to complete the stadium in record time. “It demonstrates the capacity of South Africa’s construction industry and our commitment to deliver on all our 2010 Fifa World Cup promises.” Nelson Mandela Bay deputy executive mayor Bicks Ndoni said the public opening gave residents the chance to see first-hand the stadium’s “state-of-the-art facilities, experience its beauty, warmth and uniqueness, anda bask in the glory and pride of knowing that we are the joint owners of a truly world-class facility”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgMatt Asay, former Novell executive, VP of Open Source vendor Alfresco, and champion of the Open Source movement has a summary of a research article by Jyh-An Lee called “Production: Policy Implications of Open Source Software”.The crux of the article is that governments worldwide are warming to the idea of Open Source Software (OSS). As of September 2006, 99 governments in 44 countries had enacted some form of administrative or legislative support for OSS, especially in Europe, Asia and Latin America.In the article, Lee says, “While governments considering supporting OSS are primarily concerned with significant switching costs and incompatibility problems. OSS is actually superior to proprietary software because it increases compatibility and consequently decreases switching costs in the long term.”Governments are increasingly considering OSS during the procurement cycle. Some governments, like France, have decided or at least seriously considered moving from Microsoft Windows to Open Source Linux systems. Germany and China are also examples of governments that are adopting OSS within various government agencies.Lee argues that “…the government should take into account the long-term interests of society and not merely its own interests as a consumer. OSS is better than proprietary software when it comes to increasing compatibility and network effects… Governments can also legitimately provide a critical mass in order to promote the availability of OSS products and subsequent competition in the software market.”last_img read more