OAKLAND – The tension kept rising. So Warriors coach Steve Kerr uttered the thoughts that nearly everybody holds regarding a meaningless NBA preseason game.“I don’t want to be here,” Kerr said.Kerr said those words only moments into the second half of Monday’s game against the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena. He stormed the court to share his displeasure with officials for calling an offensive foul on Warriors guard … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.
18 July 2012 On Monday evening, while the city of Pretoria was in the grip of a cold spell, Jonathan Thopola fought with his friends over a blanket and ended up having to spend the night with nothing covering his freezing body. But on Tuesday night he was able to sleep warmly and peacefully, after receiving a blanket from Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu and her team. Aged 23, Thopola from Mpulamanga left his home in January this year to find work in Pretoria. However, after two months, he lost his job and couldn’t afford to pay rent for the room he was sharing with some people, and for the past five months he has been sleeping on the street while trying to get another job. On Tuesday, Thopola had a reason to smile. He and some of the other people living on the streets in and around Tshwane got a surprise visit from Bogopane-Zulu, who cheered them up and made sure they had a warm and decent meal. As part of celebrating International Nelson Mandela Day, Bogopane-Zulu decided to dedicate 67 minutes of her time to handing over thermal mugs with soup, pizza, bread, cake, juice and blankets to people living on the streets. This was made possible due to a partnership between the department, Mmabatho Foundation, Absa Bank, Bidair and Romans Pizza. Bogopane-Zulu said she had decided to dedicate her 67 minutes to homeless people because she wanted to bring hope to them and let them know that even though they were on the streets, they still had human rights and also deserved to enjoy freedom like all South Africans. “Half of the time, we turn a blind eye on some of the realities we live under,” said Bogopane-Zulu. “It’s hard for them to be heard and be recognised. However, they are here and are not going anywhere, due to various reasons which brought them here. The best we can do is to keep them warm and give them things they can use.” Thopola, who couldn’t hold back his excitement after being handed a blanket, said the initiative showed that even though they have nothing, their existence was being acknowledged and appreciated by Bogopane-Zulu. “They’ve brought us expensive food and new blankets, which shows that they are thinking about us in this freezing weather and it means a lot to all of us knowing that they care,” said Thopola, who sleeps at Church Square. Bogopane-Zulu also visited homeless people on the streets of Pretoria East, where she handed over more food and blankets. Source: SANews.gov.za
17 October 2014 The new Mall of Africa is set to change the face of Johannesburg. (Photo: Atterbury) Despite the sluggish economic growth in South Africa, new shopping malls are rising in many parts of the country, with the latest addition being Newtown Junction in Johannesburg.The growth of shopping centres is on the upsurge and current figures show that there are 1 785 malls in South Africa, with 44% of the shopping centre space being in Gauteng, reports the Mail & Guardian.Located in the Newtown precinct (where the Market Theatre is located) the R1.4- billion Newtown Junction opened on 25 September and boasts 82 000m² of retail space. The mall was six years in the making and aims to play a major role in the rejuvenation of inner-city Johannesburg.The mall is targeted at the lower income groups and features retailers like Truworths, Foschini, Jet and Mr Price, and a Pick n Pay. It is expected that the mixed use character of the mall, which includes 39 000m² of office space, will later attract people in the higher income groups.Growth of South African mallsA report by Dirk Prinsloo, the managing director of Urban Studies, which conducts feasibility studies for shopping centres, shows that the number of malls in South Africa is far higher than its emerging market peers, some of which have four times its population, and even outdoes that of some developed economies. The report, Benchmarking the South African Shopping Centre Industry: International and Local Trends, was commissioned by the South African Council of Shopping Centres in 2013 reveals the following:In Brazil, with a population of 200-million, the number of shopping centres is near the 400 mark and, in Mexico (population 122-million), it is closer to 500.Portugal (population 10.5-million), New Zealand (population 4.5-million) and Argentina (population 41.5-million) have fewer than 200 centres each.Germany (population 80-million) has 600 and Australia (population 23-million) come closest to South Africa (population 54-million) by having slightly more than 1? 400 shopping centres.South Africa has about one million square metres of shopping centre space currently under planning. On the rest of the continent it is 900 000m².Prinsloo’s research shows that, last year, shopping centre sales per capita in South Africa amounted to R8 900 (up from R5 255 in 2007) with sales amounting to R392-billion (up from R245-billion in 2007).According to Statistics South Africa, total retail trade sales last year amounted to almost R698-billion, compared with R577-billion in 2008.The South African retail space market is so developed that, according to an AT Kearney 2012 Global Retail Development Index, it can no longer be listed as one of “the 30 developing countries’ – the report concluded that the window of growth had closed.Mall development continues to riseConcerns about shopping centre space reaching saturation have abounded for decades but the growth continues.“We are seeing more and more shopping centres in rural areas and towns – and in Johannesburg it is not stopping,’ said Elaine Wilson, the divisional director of research at the commercial property management company Broll.Urban Studies is conducting new feasibility studies on shopping centres. “We are busy here and that is indicating two things,’ Prinsloo said. “People are dusting off old plans that were put on the shelves in 2008 when the recession started . and there are other new opportunities where people move into the rural areas.’The driver of retail space growth, experts agree, is the emerging middle class and urbanisation.Growth in urbanisationAccording to his research, South Africa is experiencing “unprecedented growth in urbanisation’, and is now 63% urbanised. That is expected to reach 68% by 2030, warranting up to two million square metres of additional retail floor space by 2025.“As far as your convenience and neighbourhood centres are concerned, in some areas there is a certain level of saturation,’ Prinsloo said. “But where you see most of your growth is in your regional centres and super-regional centres.’Liberty Properties manages a handful of major malls, including Eastgate in Johannesburg, the Midlands Mall in KwaZulu-Natal, the Promenade in Cape Town and one of the largest shopping centres on the continent, Sandton City.Liberty Properties managing director, Maurice Mdlolo, said: “Most international retailers who want to come to the continent have identified South Africa as the gateway and Sandton as the first port of call.“There is growth which is happening. In our observation, this growth is very much driven by the retailers. It’s very much a retailers’ market at the moment and they can dictate better rentals and expand into some of the spaces,’ said Mdlolo.New Mall of Africa MallMall development in Johannesburg continues. Property development company Atterbury is currently developing a 120 000m² Mall of Africa for R3.5 billion – South Africa’s largest single-phase shopping mall development to date – financed by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance. The new super-regional Mall of Africa will be the heart of the ambitious Waterfall, a city superbly situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria.The two-level mall forms the hub of Waterfall Business Estate, a 1.6 million square metre mixed-use commercial development. Commercial property commentators punt the development as the most ambitious commercial development yet undertaken in southern Africa.SAinfo reporter
sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … PathCrosser is available here in the iTunes App Store or here in the Android Market.Note: Video recorded with a Flip Cam, which was provided to me for use during SXSW. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Only a few weeks ago, when local discovery app WHERE launched a recommendation engine for sharing places with friends, I said I wished someone would build an app that used Facebook or Foursquare checkins instead. As it turns out, someone did just that. A new application called PathCrosser, launching right now in the iTunes App Store and Android Market is a mobile app that, like WHERE, uses Bump technology to compare your own personal local recommendations with your friends. With the Bump integration, you simply launch the app and tap phones with another person to make a connection. But unlike WHERE, it doesn’t expect to use data housed only within its own service – it pulls data from the services you already use: Facebook and Foursquare.If you’re looking for a new app to try while waiting in line for some of those SXSW parties tonight, give PathCrosser a go and see what you think.Conversation Starter, Matchmaker and GuideThe PathCrosser application keeps it simple – it’s not a Yelp competitor where users write long reviews of the businesses they’ve visited, it just pulls in the checkins you already have on hand – those from Facebook Places and Foursquare. Going forward, the app will integrate additional checkin sources, too, PathCrosser’s creators Clark Harris and Matthew Simpson told me when I sat down with them this afternoon to see the new app in action. Tags:#Location#mobile#Product Reviews#Recommendation Engines#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What’s more, PathCrosser plans to work with third-party APIs (application programming interfaces) to pull in other information that would be relevant, like your tips on Foursquare, for example, which could serve to augment the raw checkin data with your personal notes.The fun part about using this app is that it can be a great conversation starter – bump phones with a friend and, all of sudden, not only do you see each other’s travels by way of your checkin history, the app’s matchmaking engine tells you whether or not you and your friend have similar tastes and interests.Plus, for those who don’t use location-based checkin services, PathCrosser provides (or rather, it will provide) a Web-based interface where you can pick out the places you’ve visited or mark them as places you would like to visit. However, that portion of the PathCrosser service has not launched just yet because this startup built “mobile first,” as so many today choose to do.For a first look at PathCrosser in action, check out the video below (sorry for the quality, I need a better camera): The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts
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