View Comments The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the big winner of the 65th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, picking up five, including Outstanding New Broadway Play. An American in Paris won Outstanding New Broadway Musical and garnered four in total. Both Broadway-bound Hamilton and The King and I received three, including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding Revival of a Musical, respectively. The Awards ceremony will tak place on May 21 at Sardis, with Michael Cerveris, Nick Cordero, Raúl Esparza, Katie Finneran, Montego Glover, William Ivey Long and Jefferson Mays serving as presenters. The Outer Critics Circle is an organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for various out-of-town media outlets.The winners are as follows:Outstanding New Broadway PlayThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding New Broadway MusicalAn American in ParisOutstanding New Off-Broadway PlayBetween Riverside and CrazyOutstanding New Off-Broadway MusicalHamiltonOutstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) HamiltonOutstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) HamiltonOutstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway) You Can’t Take It With YouOutstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) The King and IOutstanding Actor in a PlayAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Actress in a PlayHelen Mirren, The AudienceOutstanding Actor in a MusicalRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisOutstanding Actress in a MusicalKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyOutstanding Featured Actor in a PlayRichard McCabe, The AudienceOutstanding Featured Actress in a PlayAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With YouOutstanding Featured Actor in a MusicalAndy Karl, On the Twentieth CenturyOutstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalRuthie Ann Miles, The King and IOutstanding Director of a PlayMarianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Director of a MusicalChristopher Wheeldon, An American in ParisOutstanding ChoreographerChristopher Wheeldon, An American in ParisOutstanding Set Design (Play or Musical) Bunny Christie, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) Catherine Zuber, The King and IOutstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Solo Performance Jim Dale, Just Jim DaleJohn Gassner Award (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)Ayad Akhtar, The Invisible HandShows with three or more wins:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 5An American in Paris – 4Hamilton – 3The King and I – 3Disgraced, Fun Home and Hand to God received nominations and/or awards from Outer Critics Circle in previous seasons and therefore were not considered for this year.
Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi at a parley with journalists in Lagos at the weekend threw some more light into Eagles campaign at the Nations Cup and other issues. Here are some excerpts…What went through your mind during the last five minutes and the first five minutes of the final match against Burkina Faso at the last Nations Cup?You will recall that we met Burkina in the first game and we conceded a last minute goal. I was hopeful that the boys will stay focused and soak up the pressure. We had already discussed all this before the match and I was relieved when the referee blew the final whistle. After the match, we were overwhelmed, I was happy, beating Cote d’Ivoire in the quarter finals was like winning the final and it really pushed the boys. Everyone expected us to beat Burkina and we kind of took it for granted that we were going to win. I just thank God.What does it mean to you being the first former captain and coach to win the cup?You know that really didn’t cross my mind at the time. I was just focused on winning the match and putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians. Now that Super Eagles are African Champions, what are your plans for the future and are you satisfied with present team or do you intend to improve the team? Let me start by saying that we are still building, this team is still evolving. Immediately after the finals, I sat down with the other coaches to map out a strategy of improving the team. Hopefully by God’s grace, we ‘ll get there. There are a lot of options still available to us. This team can do much better than they have done but we need to be patient. By the time the players play in their right positions, we’ll do much better. It takes patience and hard work and then God ‘ll take care of the rest.The Super Eagles are yet to lose a competitive game since you took over, are you assuring Nigerians that the trend will continue?I’m happy that you raised this issue. When we first started, a lot of people didn’t trust us and didn’t believe in our project. They were always wondering and asking ‘what kind of players is Keshi carrying about? Can these boys make it?’ Well, I leave them to judge now. Coming to issue of losing, every team is bound to lose because losing is part of the game. When a coach sends out a team, only three things can happen- you either win, lose or draw and if you lose, it’s not the end of the world. So I’m not really worried about that.Nigerians are still interested in your strategy for the Cote d’Ivoire match. How did you manage to pull it off? Thank you for that question! The game against CIV was a tactical game. I and my assistants had to sit down before the game to strategise on how to stop them. We concluded that that the Ivorians individually are very good but as a team, they don’t play well. Against Togo, their build-up was slow from the middle which made it easy for Togo to score against them. We had to map out a plan to take out their key players – Gervinho, Yaya Toure, Kalou so as to starve Drogba of the supply of balls. If we did this, we knew the game will be over.Our boys are younger and more aggressive and so we planned to keep possession of the ball and play a passing game and that was what we did for 90 minutes.The issue of conceding late goals by the Eagles is now a source for concern; what are you doing about it?When you are on the pitch for 90 minutes- especially when playing difficult games, sometimes it’s not easy maintaining full concentration towards the end of the game. That’s why we always try to calm the players by telling them to stay focused- especially when the game is tight and your team needs to win. These are the times we tell to them to try and concentrate. It’s not easy, but in football, a certain level of concentration is needed. But we’ll keep working on it till will get it right.What really happened in South Africa. A lot of stories went round abut Eagles being called Super Chickens, resignations and all that. Secondly, are you going to continue playing Yobo so that he can get to the 100 caps mark or are you dropping him? I heard a lot of talk about Super Chickens before I took over but I’m not sure about that now. All that talk has stopped, we have gone back to the way we were. Now we are back. As per the second part of your question concerning Yobo, he will continue to be my captain and also continue playing for the team for as long as he’s fit and relevant and this goes for all other players, Osaze, Obafemi and the rest of them. Everyone will get a chance to play, so long as they are fit and are ready to play with the team.(Cuts in) There were some insinuations before that Cote d’Ivoire match about threats to sack you and l that you resigned, what really happened, please clear the air?I must confess that initially, I didn’t hear about some of these things before the match but after the game, most of it were related to me. What happened was that before the game, some FA officials went round the players asking them their destinations after the game so that their flights can be booked . Most of them were not happy about that development because they felt the federation had already given up on them. The players were very angry and some of them showed it openly.Why did it take you so long to introduce a player like Mba?Thanks for that question. Mba is a very good player, no doubt; but for what happened to Fegor (Ogude) would I have thought of him? If I had started the Nations Cup with some of the other home- based players I had in the team, Nigerian would have called for my head. There other equally good players in the team like Reuben and Onazi who had a good tournament. I’m happy for Mba but if I had started Mba before Nosa Igiebor, what would you have said? You left out some good players who could have guaranteed you goals at the Nations Cup and rather opted for home- based players and 17 AFCON debutantes. What were the reasons behind this?I understand what you mean but when I started with the national team years ago, I was just 17 years plus and somebody gave me a chance then. If I was not given that chance then, maybe I won’t be here now. Yes, there are players who have scored 20 goals, with 15 assists in European leagues whom I could have chosen, but what are their contributions to the team? I don’t need players or stars who will only play for themselves. I have a bunch of players now who have high work rates and who can work for the team. Of course, others will still get their chance. There are still many games to play and like I said before, I have a pool of 50 players to choose from and everyone will get their chance.Why did you stick with Omeruo?That’s a nice one; I always tell my players, when you get a chance to play, grab it, even if it’s five minutes, it may be enough for you to impress me. When Yobo got injured in the first match, I decided to try this boy Omeruo and he impressed me and after that, I cannot take him out. It’s not about Yobo, it’s for the good of the team. The same thing with others ; Reuben couldn’t play but he’s also good. So also is Azubuike who was a regular before the Nations Cup but he never got to play. It doesn’t make him a bad player and that’s me. I’m never scared to try these boys. Will you negotiate a new contract with the NFF?No, my current contract is still on. I don’t need to approach them to negotiate a new contract. It’s up to them. If I win more trophies for instance, if they like, they can call me, then we will talk or when my time is up, I will go. But it’s not in my plan to ask them to renegotiate.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Sept. 29â€¦1. College weekendâ€¦ Sorry for the lateness of this column. My wife and I just got home from TCU in Fort Worth after visiting our oldest son on parents weekend.Despite dodging Texas drivers â€” the worst, most despicable group of low-lifers to ever get behind steering wheels â€”Â we had a great time. The Super Target Store was doing brisk business as groups of three: Mom, kid and Dad usually in that walking order behind a shopping cart â€” stocked up on the essentials of bottled water, laundry detergent and packaged junk food that will stay in a freshman’s dorm room by about the time parents get home from the big weekend.Â Taking your kid, especially your oldest, to college gives you a forgotten perspective on your own college life. As adults we remember the fun times, the hard classes, and just living the college life. What we seem to forget is just how scary of an experience it is to be a freshman and leaving home for the first time. It’s a feeling you don’t really remember until you are sending your own loved one away. Then it all comes back to you.Is there ever a time you will experience such a sudden dramatic change in your life from being a high school student to a college freshman? Yes marriage, becoming a parent, starting a career, and watching your kids grow up are all big time daunting changes in your life. But, really, are these changes as dramatic as that first year away from home? I’m not sure anything is. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Br Ba fan · 358 weeks ago I’m gonna miss Breaking Bad….was hooked from it’s beginning. It was sad to see it go but they did the finale right; tying up all the loose ends. There was cheering at certain points in the hour & 15 minutes….especially when a certain show-favorite made his get-away. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down E Bodge · 358 weeks ago Hey Tracy, watch what you say about the Ft. Worth drivers…they are much better than the ones in DALLAS…..A transplanted Kansan now living in Texas on the best side–the Ft .Worth side. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 358 weeks ago The Crusader mascot on horseback – you dont have to reveal his name. He took his helmet off. Lol. Good job, deputy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 4. Breaking Bad finaleâ€¦Tonight’s the finale of Breaking Bad – a television show that the world is officially going to stop and watch. My son said everyone is going to be watching – except for me. I’ll be watching the New England vs. Atlanta football game.Well, at least, I’m more hip than my wife. She didn’t even know the show existed.Last week, if you remember, I was worried about losing my grip on pop culture after I legitimately thought “We’re the Millers” was a PG family movie.But I’m proud to say, that is not the case. I have not only started using Twitter, I finally started watching Duck Dynasty for the first time this month. I also can do a pretty mean twerk â€” except it makes my back sore. 5. Shout out of the weekâ€¦My shout out goes to the guy in the Crusader uniform on the horse who ushered in the Crusader football team this Friday before the Collegiate game. I’m not sure I’m supposed to reveal his name, so I won’t. I’ll try to get more information about it, but Steve Sturgis has an excellent video of it on Facebook. 2. Classificationsâ€¦The nerd in me is always fascinated with how Kansas divides the schools up into classifications based on enrollment figures. See story here http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-to-be-class-4a-div-1-andale-in-class-4a-dii-collegiate-in-class-3a/.I’m always intrigued by how some schools grow and others dwindle. When I first moved to Wellington, the Crusaders were on the cusp between Class 5A and 4A. Now 20 years later we are right in the middle of Class 4A and will now be teetering between the new Class 4A Div. 1 and Div. 2.Here are a few things that intrigued me about this year’s classifications.â€¢They keep talking about making a third high school in Andover, yet Andover Central fell from Class 5A to 4A this year. Is this a sign that growth east of Wichita is slowing?â€¢Belle Plaine was playing Wellington in Class 4A just six years ago. Now I noticed that Belle Plaine has 136 students and is significantly smaller than Conway Springs, which has never been in Class 4A, with 164 students. What is up with that?â€¢When I moved here, South Haven and Argonia were the only schools playing eight-man football in Sumner County. Now there are four schools playing eight-man and three of those are now playing in the smallest division. Even with Argonia combining with Attica, those schools remained in division 2.â€¢And here’s how things are going in western Kansas. Hays, Kans. – the big wig western Kansas town with Fort Hays University is now in the same Class 4A classification as Wellington. We might be losing population. But we aren’t losing population at a rate like western Kansas. 3. Bo Peliniâ€¦I know I’m more than a week late on the Let’s-have-a-cow-because-Nebraska-head-coach-Bo-Pelini-called-Cornhusker-fans-*@#$ing-idiots-two-years-ago-while-being-secretly-taped controversy (see story here).Â Still I’ll weigh in nevertheless.I have always hoped for the worst for Pelini. As the Nebraska defensive coordinator more than 10 years ago, he introduced himself to K-State fans by running over and screaming at head coach Bill Snyder after the Cats supposedly ran up the score on the Huskers. His sideline antics since becoming the head Cornhusker coach hasn’t made me change his mind. He appears to be a bully.But I’m going to side with Pelini on the audio tape controversy. First of all, who the heck is the person so vindictive that he/she would hold onto an audio tape of Pelini on an off-the-record rant for two years before releasing it to some Internet hack? Really, why are we are talking about a hissy fit thrown in 2011? Why is that newsâ€¦ now?Also, why shouldn’t big-time football coaches be allowed to say inappropriate things like the rest of us? I know Nebraska fans are supposedly the nicest people in the world. But I’ve been around a bunch of them during a football game, and I think the “*@#%ing idiots” comment is a pretty accurate description.
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ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2015) – Grade I winner Hoppertunity returns to Santa Anita and makes his 4-year-old debut as he heads a field of 11 older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes going 1 1/16 miles.Winner of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 15, the former 3-year-old sensation ran second to the now Eclipse nominated California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby April 5. Trainer Bob Baffert scratched Hoppertunity from the Kentucky Derby just days before the race citing a foot issue and was off until Oct. 29 when he returned and ran second in an allowance race here at Santa Anita.The colt by Any Given Saturday went on to win the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 28, thus putting to rest any doubts of his ability as he garnered a career best Beyer speed figure of 104.The Kentucky-bred 4-year-old owned by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram and Paul Weitman is 7-3-2-0 overall with $950,675 in earnings.Trainer Peter Miller sends out Big Cazanova, who was placed seventh through the disqualification of Moreno (who cut off Wicked Strong during the race resulting in him clipping heels and dropping rider Rajiv Maragh) in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Sept. 27.Big Cazanova went on to run fifth in the Grade II Las Vegas Marathon Stakes Oct. 31 before winning the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at 1 1/8 at Del Mar Nov. 29.The Argentine-bred ridgling by Giant’s Causeway has only run in the U.S. since April, 2014 and trains at San Luis Rey Downs.Owned by Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, Brous Stable and Dona Licha the 6-year-old chestnut is 20-4-6-6 overall with earnings of $393,692.Trainer Sean McCarthy sends out Majestic Harbor who last ran in the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 1. Thirteenth, behind Bayern, California Chrome and Shared Belief, Majestic Harbor “Had a fine trip, but he just didn’t have that much to keep up,” said jockey Tyler Baze following the Grade I attempt.Winner of the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita June 28, the 7-year-old by Rockport Harbor will attempt to return to form in Saturday’s San Pasqual. Owned by Gallant Stable, he is 26-6-6-4 overall with earnings of $674,014.Trainer Jorge Inda will send out Bronzo for just the second time in his U.S. career Saturday. Fourth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile Oct. 31, Bronzo has been training consistently at Santa Anita and will stretch out in the San Pasqual with new rider, Hall-of-Famer Gary Stevens.The Chilean-bred 6-year-old gelding by Fusaichi Pegasus is owned by Don Alberto Stable and is 20-11-1-4 overall with earnings of $272,752.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Tonito M. comes off a second in the Zia Park Derby Nov. 26 and won the Grade III Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park Sept. 28. The 4-year-old colt by Rock Hard Ten will break from the far outside and will retain the services of current leading rider, Rafael Bejarano.Owned by M Racing Group, he is 14-7-3-2 overall with earnings of $491,812.The complete field for Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Quadrivium, Mike Smith, 118; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 123; Majestic Harbor, Tyler Baze, 120; Big Cazanova, Elvis Trujillo, 118; Baccelo, Tiago Pereira, 118; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 120; Salto Dl Indio, Joe Talamo, 118; Mr. Commons, Brice Blanc, 118; Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Appealing Tale, Victor Espinoza, 118; Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 120. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–
“It was going to be difficult for us because the requirements of hosting AFC are expensive. We had already used up our own funds to facilitate the first four games of the season with the hope that the sponsors would deposit money,” SoNy chairman Gabriel Otiende told Capital Sport.The company was supposed to pay the club 28,400 USD (Sh2.9mn) a month for the next one year, with the first payment expected on August 15. From then, they were supposed to be depositing money to the club’s account on the 30th of every month.But since the inking of the deal in Awendo, not even a cent has fallen into SoNy’s account.“At first they had told us that there was a problem on their end with the accountant and promised to pay the money at the end of the month. (August 30). When that time came, they had their stories again until they stopped responding communication and disappeared. We have not heard from them since then,” Otiende further added.Sofapaka head coach Divaldo Alves being unveiled by club owner Elly Kalekwa alongside a representative from Living 3D. PHOTO/Sofapaka/TwitterQuantdragon is said to be a sister company to Sofapaka’s second sponsor Living 3D and interestingly, sources intimate that the latter have also disappeared on Batoto ba Mungu without dropping a coin into their coffers.According to a deal signed by the club and Living 3D, they were supposed to source for five foreign players and a foreign coach and cater for all their needs from salaries and housing, and would profit a certain percentage in case of a future sale.“They have disappeared on the club and are not even responding to calls or emails. They have not even deposited any money to the club as promised,” a source close to Sofapaka told Capital Sports.The disappearance of Living 3D now consequently puts head coach Divaldo Alves’s future at the club at risk alongside the five Ugandans they signed, including keeper Isma Watenga and forward Peter Lwassa who have emerged as strong starters in the team.Living 3D was supposed to complement the financial injection by betting form Betika and help the club get back to its financial feet after years of struggling.But, while Sofapaka have a bounce back plan in Betika, Sony are without a fall back and according to Otiende, if no one comes up to help them, they might be forced to disband the team.“The company (SoNy Sugar) is not doing well currently and it will be difficult to get help from them. We have knocked on a few doors here and there and I am hopeful that in the next two weeks, we can get something. We will not lose hope,” Otiende noted.Happier days. Sony Sugar players celebrate after scoring during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Sony Sugar/TwitterSoNy’s next game is an away trip to Nairobi against Tusker FC and the fact that they couldn’t honor a match at home makes the possibility of them travelling away even tougher.“At the moment, the most important thing for us is feeding the players and making sure they are okay. At least the company has provided housing so they don’t worry about rent or water and electricity. If we can’t pay them, the least we can do is ensure they eat,” the club chair further added.Head coach James Nandwa has admitted that it has been tough getting the team going amidst the financial difficulties but just like his chairman is hopeful that a solution will be found.“Things are tougher now because the league doesn’t have a sponsor. It was a bit manageable when SuperSport were there because at least we were assured of some grant monthly that would help us here and there. But now, there is nothing coming in from KPL. If the government doesn’t step in and help clubs, then I am afraid we will face a very tough season,” Otiende further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sony Sugar players line up before a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Sony Sugar/TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – On August 7, 2019, cash-strapped SoNy Sugar signed what they thought would be a fortune-changing sponsorship deal with Hong Kong based company Quantdragon, but just two months down the line, the so-called sponsors have disappeared without a trace.So dire is the financial situation at the South Nyanza based team that they failed to honor their home game against AFC Leopards over the weekend, handing Ingwe three free points.
Ray Maota Prasa’s investment in rail infrastructure aims to make rail the backbone of transport systems in the country, as it is able to carry high volumes of commuters. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Prasa CEO Lucky Montana said that the new signalling upgrades and the introduction of new technology will ensure operational efficiency, unlock capacity and improve reliability. (Image: Prasa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nana Zenani Prasa: Group Head of Communication +27 71 860 8500 RELATED ARTICLES • Motor industry, government talk more jobs • Gautrain’s Pretoria route rolls out • Public rail to get R97-billion revamp • Impressive growth at South Africa’s Ngqura PortThe Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) plans to install a modern signalling system to enable the country’s trains to run more smoothly.Prasa announced its plans at the Railway Safety Imbizo in Mamelodi East, Pretoria, on 12 October 2011, coinciding with Transport Month in South Africa.The agency has set aside R1.9-billion (US$242-million) to overhaul trains’ signalling systems.The investment forms part of Prasa’s aim to make rail the backbone of transport systems in the country, as it is able to carry high volumes of commuters.Prasa CEO Lucky Montana said: “The new signalling upgrades and the introduction of new technology will ensure operational efficiency, unlocking capacity and improving reliability.”Deputy Minister of Transport Jeremy Cronin said that rail was a far safer mode of transport as there were few accidents and fatalities than road-based transport.Phase one of the signal upgrade has already begun at the Midway-Lenz corridor in the south of Johannesburg.Improvements will also be done in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape in November.Doubling rail tracks and improving stationsPrasa has also set aside R373-million ($47-million) to double rail tracks at Pretoria’s Eerste Fabrieke and Greenview, build a new station at Greenville and upgrade the Mamelodi Gardens and Pienaarspoort stations.The doubling of 4.5km of tracks is currently under way between the Eerste Fabrieke and Greenview stations.“In both Greenview and Midway-Lenz we deal with higher than normal passenger numbers and have prioritised these and other high-volume corridors in line with passenger demand to deliver quality passenger rail services,” said Montana.According to Prasa, the Mamelodi to Pretoria CBD corridor accommodates 91 000 commuters daily.With Metrorail running only a single train in and out of the section between Eerste Fabrieke and Pienaarspoort via Mamelodi Gardens, the doubling of the rail tracks will enhance the ability to transport the 31 000 commuters during peak hour.Metrorail is Prasa’s commuter rail operator.Prasa’s predictions are that peak-hour traffic at these stations will almost double in the coming years, warranting an improvement to the facilities.“With the finalisation of the rail-doubling project and the introduction of bi-directional signalling, our rail operator will be able to almost double the number of daily trains on the corridor, necessitating increasing the combined capacity of these three key stations from handling approximately 39 000 people per day to 58 000 people per day in future,” said Montana.After the upgrade the Mamelodi Gardens station will have two island platforms instead of one, and one platform will be extended by 50m.A new station with two island platforms and four platforms will be constructed at Greenview, while a contractor is still being procured for the construction at Pienaarspoort station.Montana added: “Our aim as Prasa is to improve the running time in the corridor from a 30-minute waiting period to five to seven minutes – effectively moving approximately 60 000 people to their areas of employment on time.”Job creationThe rail improvement project will create 398 jobs.The current phase of the project has already generated 268 jobs, from which 181 are specifically for the unskilled, semi-skilled and nearby communities.The next phase will produce 130 jobs, while permanent jobs will also be available after the end of construction as stations will need personnel.Relocation of residentsResidents living in houses close to the railway tracks have been relocated, with Prasa making sure the individuals are satisfied with the new arrangements.According to Prasa, the owners were approached with offers to purchase and were allowed to negotiate the terms of sale. The owners were also able choose their new houses and preferred locations, with Prasa overseeing the relocation process.Prasa will also help with the registration process.Montana said: “We want to ensure that the upgrading of the stations does not interfere with the stability of the communities located close to our rail tracks. We want to treat them with the upmost dignity and respect during their relocation.”
According to a Business Day article on Friday, the R17-billion project will be the biggest railway investment in southern Africa since 1976. 13 January 2012 He added that the investment was complementary to the company’s other large coal investments, still to be rolled out, including the Waterberg line and Eskom’s road-to-rail migration programme. Global rail renaissance SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Once completed, the new rail line is expected to create additional capacity of 15-million tons, which will predominantly be general freight volumes from the existing coal export rail line. “We are proud to be part of this revolution,” he said. “As Transnet we have already done a high-level risk assessment to identify the strategic, planning, financial, construction and environmental risks to ensure that this great multi-infrastructural project sees its day.” South African logistics group Transnet and Swaziland Railways have agreed to jointly develop a 146-kilometre railway line from Lothair in Mpumalanga to Sidvokodvo Junction in Swaziland, as well as upgrade the adjacent railway networks in both countries. Molefe said that globally, rail infrastructure was undergoing a major renaissance as an investment and a vehicle to uplift citizens in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner. The cost of building the main “Swazilink” railway line would be R7.3-billion, Business Day reported, with R8.6-billion to be spent on 600 kilometres of adjacent lines. Swaziland will be responsible for providing about R5-billion of the investment amount. He said the company expected the first train to run in three years’ time after the necessary land purchase agreements and environmental approvals had been resolved. “This is the first large-scale rail investment in Southern Africa since the construction of the Richards Bay line in 1976,” Transnet CEO Brian Molefe said in a statement this week.