Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kyrie Irving scored 20 points, Jayson Tatum had 19 points and nine rebounds and the Boston Celtics pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 102-93 on Saturday night.Al Horford added 15 points for Boston. The Celtics shot 49 percent, including 14 of 30 (46.7 percent) from outside the arc.ADVERTISEMENT Marc Gasol led Memphis with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Tyreke Evans added 25 points, and Dillon Brooks had with 14 points, hitting a season-best four 3-pointers.After Memphis used a 21-point third quarter by Gasol to take a 73-71 lead after three, the Celtics opened the final frame with the first 16 points for an 87-73 lead. That put the game out of reach as Memphis lost its 17th in the last 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGasol got untracked in the early part of the third, scoring 10 points before the midway point of the frame. That pulled Memphis even with the Celtics.And then Gasol kept scoring, converting 8 of 10 shots and tallying 21 points in the frame. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Harden, Paul lead Rockets to 13th straight victory Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson That helped Memphis take a 73-71 lead heading to the fourth. But the Grizzlies couldn’t maintain the momentum missing its first seven shots as Boston rebuilt the lead to double digits.The Celtics shot well early, hanging around 60 percent through the early stages of the second quarter. That, combined with missing only two of their first seven shots from outside the arc, helped the Boston margin swell to 21 points.Memphis would make a bit of a dent in the lead, mainly behind its reserves. The Celtics still maintained a 48-40 lead at intermission.TIP-INSCeltics: Rookie F Daniel Theis, who broke his nose in Friday’s loss to Utah, was back in action against the Grizzlies, wearing a mask. … Tatum, who entered the game, leading the league in 3-point shooting at 50 percent (48-96), made both of his shots from outside the arc in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Grizzlies: The Celtics outscored Memphis 31-12 in the first quarter, marking the 14th time in the last 18 games that the Grizzlies were outscored in a quarter by at least nine points. … Gasol’s 21 points in the third were one shy of a Memphis record for points in a quarter.UP NEXTCeltics: At Indiana on Monday nightGrizzlies: At Golden State on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments
ANSA McAl has donated a quantity of baby supplies to the Education Ministry to lend its support to boost the Reintegration of Teenage Mothers into the School System. The donation valued 0,000 will assist the Education Ministry in its effort to ensure that teenagers who become pregnant will still be able to complete the Secondary School Examination Certificate (CSEC), commonly known as the CXC exams.ANSA McAL hands over $150,000 in baby supplies for the Teenage Mothers Reintegration Programme. From left to right: Janelle Sweatnam, HIV/AIDS Coordinator: Donna Chapman, Deputy Chief Education Officer: Delma Nedd, Permanent Secretary and ANSA McAL representativesSpeaking at the handing-over on Monday, ANSA McAl marketing representative Joel Lee explained that his company is more than happy to contribute to this venture. Included in the care packages are baby diapers, oil, powder, towels, a bottle, cream and wipes.“This is just the beginning and we look forward to continued partnership with the Ministry of Education [to assist] the teenage mother’s programme. To be a part of this is really an honour and we thank [the Ministry] for approaching us to give us this opportunity to be a part,” the marketing rep noted.Meanwhile, the Education Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Delma Nedd observed that so far, more than 100 expectant mothers in various regions have been given packages.She added that 17 mothers in Region 4, including Georgetown, recently benefitted from the programme while 14 benefitted in Region 10. Nedd however cautioned that this initiative should not be seen as a means for girls to get pregnant.“This is quite an opportune time for ANSA McAl to come on board with us to assist our teenage mothers getting back into our schools, equipping them with supporting materials for their newborns [but] we don’t want to publically say to young ladies to go and get pregnant…but what we want to do is to ensure that they can get a second chance,” Nedd posited.Earlier in 2016, Minister of Education, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine highlighted that the implementation of the programme would result in the creation of “better all rounded citizens” and “a better society.”He added that when school aged girls do not return to school after giving birth, it creates an “overburden” on the welfare system, which he noted could possibly create avenues for the exploitation of women, thus increasing the illiteracy rate.The programme to reintegrate teenage mothers in the school system was first launched in 2008 and the initiative is in keeping with the Millennium Development Goals.
0Shares0000Part of the action in the match between Burundi and NigeriaALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jun 22 – Odion Ighalo came on as a second half substitute to break Burundi’s hearts, hitting the winner as the debutants lost 1-0 in their first Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group B match in Alexandria Saturday night.Burundi looked on course to hold on for a draw, but Ighalo hit the back of the net barely four minutes after coming on to hand the Super Eagles some precious three points. The Burundian team featured Sofapaka’s Mousa Omar who was started out on the right side of defense as well as Gor Mahia’s Francis Mustafa, with the latter coming off in the second half.Sofapaka keeper Justind Ndikumana and former Gor Mahia right back Karim Nizigiyimana both started on the bench.Despite being the better and more experienced team, Nigeria did not create the best chances of the opening half, Burundi making some three brilliant scoring opportunities.In the 14th minute, Cedric Amissi who had erstwhile scored in each of the last four Burundi games was picked out with a brilliant ball from Gael Bigirimana, but his shot inside the box went straight to keeper Daniel Akpeyi.Nigeria’s Samuel Chukwueze is challenged by Burundi midfielder Gael BigirimanaBigirimana had another brilliant opportunity when he struck a stinging freekick from range in the 28th minute with Akpeyi being forced to fist it away as it came with pace and power.The Swallows came ever so close in the 37th minute when Cedric Nsabiyumva’s header off a Shassir Nahimana freekick hit the bar.Nigeria had an early chance in the 12th minute when Paul Ebere forced keeper Jonathan Nahimana to a great save with a header off an Iwobi cross.Nigeria were forced to make a change six minutes to the break when Abdullahi Shehu was stretchered off and his place taken by Collins Chidozie on the right side of defense.The Eagles came back hungrier in the second half and played with more urgency.Six minutes after the restart, Kenneth Omeruo’s header at the backpost off a Peter Etebo freekick went inches wide. In the 70th minute, Samuel Chukweuze had a chance with a dinking effort as he raced though on goal from the left but the effort was over.A minute on the turn, Abdul Razak Fiston, Burundi’s top scorer during the qualifiers almost caught keeper Akpeyi off his line with a shot from range, but the shot stopper managed to dive well to his right and palm the ball away.Nigeria got their goal after 76 minutes when Ighalo was sent through with a beautiful through pass by Ola Aina before beating the keeper one on one.Burundi almost found a way back into the game immediately when Akpeyi made an error handling a cross, but Fiston could not take advantage, his shot at goal blocked.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Coral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Rangers and Celtic meet in the Scottish Cup semi-finals on Sunday and the newly-crowned Championship winners 15/4 are to pull off a shock over the Premiership leaders, who are 4/6 favourites.In the Premier League, relegation rivals Norwich and Sunderland face a mammoth clash at Carrow Road on Saturday and the Canaries are 27/20 for the win, with the visitors priced at 2/1 and the draw 9/4.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Antonio Conte is likely to stay at Chelsea beyond this season as he will be keen to lead the club in the Champions League.That’s the verdict of Roma chief executive Umberto Gandini, who joined talkSPORT on Tuesday to reflect on the Italian manager’s dream debut season in the Premier League.Conte is on the brink of seeing his Chelsea side being crowned champions in his first year in English football, after their 3-0 win over Middlesbrough meant they need just three points from their final three games to claim the title.But there are fears the Blues could lose their boss, with reports over the past number of months linking Conte with a shock return to Italy.Newly-minted Inter Milan are supposedly plotting an audacious contract offer to tempt Conte back to his homeland this summer, as their new Chinese owners looks to get the club back challenging for top honours.However, Gandini – who has known Conte since the early days of his playing career at Juventus – believes it is unlikely the manager would want to leave Chelsea now having sealed the Blues’ spot in next season’s Champions League.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, he said: “There are very few coaches who are able to totally change the destiny of a club, and if you go through the speculation in the newspapers, yes, there are a few clubs who are looking at Antonio.“Antonio is going to make a fantastic statement by winning the Premier League in his first year and I tend to think he would like to play with Chelsea in the Champions League, but you never know.”Another Italian who could soon be on his way to the Premier League, if speculation is to be believed, is Massimiliano Allegri.Juventus have gone from strength to strength under the 49-year-old’s stewardship, and he has been hailed as the man destined to take over from Arsene Wenger when he eventually ends his long Arsenal reign.The Turin giants are poised to lift their third consecutive Serie A title under Allegri, having also won the previous three campaigns under now-Chelsea boss Conte.And Gandini says Arsenal will have their work cut out for them to tempt the manager to leave Juventus and take over at the Emirates Stadium.“Massimiliano is a very, very good coach – I worked with him at AC Milan and we won a league together,” he added.“He’s doing exceptionally well at Juventus. He’s definitely in the same class [as Conte].“I think Massimiliano would be successful [in the Premier League] but I think Juventus will be very strong to keep him.”
SOCCER: There was delight for Donegal duo Shay Given and Seamus Coleman as they helped Ireland to a crucial win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium tonight. It was a nervy night in Dublin as Ireland struggled to breakdown the resolute Georgia side in the first-half.They failed to create any chances of any note in the opening period and Martin O’Neill rung the changes at half-time. Ireland talisman and captain Robbie Keane was withdrawn at half-time and was replaced by Southampton FC striker Shane Long.Long’s pace and work-rate caused the Georgia defence problems and he has now staked a big claim for a regular starting place.Ireland toiled and James McCarthy wasted some glorious opportunities before Jon Walters struck the decisive goal.Wonderful play from Jeff Hendrick opened up the Georgian defence and his pull-back was toe-poked home by Walters. Seamus Coleman had an outstanding game and was always a great outlet for the Irish side going forward.He was ably assisted by Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady who enjoyed fine game for O’Neill’s side.Shay Given was rarely troubled but anything he had to do he did well and earned himself another clean sheet.Ireland are now FOUR points clear and look odds on to get a play-off spot to reach the European Championships in France next summer. EURO 2016: DELIGHT FOR COLEMAN AND GIVEN AS IRELAND EARN CRUCIAL WIN was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSport
With seven months of the year now past the Donegal Sport Star committee will soon begin to step up their preparations for the 41st Awards.So it’s now time for sporting organizations in the county to make a note of the significant highlights so far in 2016 and be ready to submit names of teams and individuals when nominations open in the late Autumn.The Donegal Sports Star Awards July review reveals an array of successes at national level as well as on the European stage. The gold medals won by Show Jumper Gavin Harley and Transplant Athlete Ciaran Murray at European competition finals have to be at the top of the list. At the end of the month Rathdonnell man Harley claimed a gold medal as part of an Irish team at the international U21 Championships, which were held at Millstreet in Cork. It was the first time that Team Ireland had won this age group title. Gavin who rode 12-year-old stallion Undergone van de Kapel was the anchor man for the Irish team and jumped the winning clear round to seal victory for the home nation.Two time Donegal Sports Award winner Ramelton man Kieran Murray won a gold and bronze medal at the European Transplant & Dialysis Championships in Vantaa, Finland. Despite a chest infection Kieran won the golf competition and finished third in the 800m final. Mark English wound up his preparations for the Olympic Games by running a season’s best 1:45.36 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London. It was a massive 2 minutes and 18 seconds better than the 1:47.54 that he clocked in an 800m in Hungary earlier the same week. At the European Youth Athletics Championships in Tibilisi, Georgia Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley AC) and Brendan O’Donnell (Lifford-Strabane AC reached the finals of the High Jump and Hammer respectively. O’Donnell recorded a new Personal Best of 70.06m in Tibilisi while Finn Valley girls Arlene Crossan and Janine Boyle got to the semi-final stages of the 200m and 400m Hurdles respectively. A late injury meant that Crossan missed out on a possible chance of place in the final. Earlier in July, Crossan had won the 400m Hurdles Junior U-20 Final in TullamoreThere was double delight for Donegal GAA at Croke Park on the last Saturday in July as both the senior and minors won their respective All-Ireland Football Championship quarter-finals.The Minors defeated Cork 2-13 to 0-13 points in the curtainraiser. After a sluggish first half, which saw them trail by four points Sean Paul Barrett’s boys produced a much better performance after the break to setup a semi-final meeting with Galway. Earlier in the month the Minors had triumphed in the Ulster Final by defeating Derry.The Donegal seniors played well in spells on their way to a 0-21 to 1-15 win over Cork with Paddy McBrearty in sparkling form, hitting 11 points in one of the best individual displays witnessed at GAA Headquarters for many years.Letterkenny 24/7 club member Aidan Callaghan produced a great performance in his first ever Iron Man event in Bolton to qualify for the World Triathlon Championships in Hawaii. Burtonport’s Joe Duffy got back to winning ways taking only 25 seconds to see off the challenge of Canadian Mitch Clarke at the MCM Grand in Las Vegas. It was fourth fastest submission in UFC Lightweight history. It was also Duffy’s 13th win from 15 professional bouts. It was a good July for the Irwin brothers from Kilmacrennan with podium finishes for Caolan and Rhys during Round 5 of the British Championships at Oulton Park at the beginning of the month. Rhys followed that up with a great weekend at the Irish Masters Championships held at the Mondello National Race Track. On an Aprilia the 14-year-old won his own 125cc category and was also the overall class winner getting the better of the higher powered 300cc Kawaskis while also breaking the lap record. Rhys is now the holder of both the Irish and International records at the Mondello Track. Another Kilmcarennan lad Richard Kerr had 3rd and 8th place finishes at the British Superbike Championships at Snetterton. Kerr followed that up a the next round of the championships in Thruxton with 10th and 5th places. The Magee siblings Chloe and Sam made the quarter-finals of the US Open Grand Prix Gold event in Los Angeles. Chloe reached the last eight in the singles and along with her brother Sam also made it to the mixed doubles quarter-finals. Donegal retained their All-Ireland U21 Hurling C title with a 3-7 to 1-2 win over Fermanagh in Omagh. In athletics Christopher Doherty from Tirconaill AC won the Pole Vault at the Irish U23 and Junior Championships in Tullamore. Two of his club colleagues Kate McGowan and Kelly McGrory both had second places in the Junior U-20 400m Hurdles and U23 400m Hurdles Finals respectively in Tullamore.There was disappointment for Donegal Town man Karl Griffin who failed to qualify for the European Championships 800m Final in Amsterdam but he did run a season’s best time in his heat. Letterkenny AC’s David Smith won gold in the U15 800m Final at the All-Ireland Juvenile Championships in Tullamore while Oisin Kelly of Cranford AC took silver in the U13 600m event. Dylan Kearns of Finn Valley AC won two silver medals at the All-Ireland Juvenile Championships in Tullamore. He was a member of the 4x100m relay team who came second and also finished runner-up in the Javelin.The Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club performed well at the Generali Open World Club Team Show Jumping Tournament in Lamotte-Beuvron, France finishing fourth behind the host nation. The team included Cassandra McGee, Derrybeg; Mickey McHugh, Falcarragh; Trish Warren, Falcarragh and John McDaid, Creeslough. The Chef d’Equipe was Lawrence Smyth, Falcarragh assisted by Frances McGee, Derrybeg. Sisters Geraldine and Nicole McLaughlin were members of the Kerry Donegal team that won the New York Championship.In Motorsport at the start of the month Declan and Brian Boyle finished third at the Lurgan Park Rally on a Saturday. And the following day the cousins in their Ford Fiesta WRC won the Smartpart ALMC Rally in Trim in the fifth round of the Triton Showers National ChampionshipAfter a good start to July by Finn Harps when Ollie Horgan’s side made it three wins in a row thanks to a 1-0 victory over Galway Utd in Ballybofey there followed successive 1-0 defeats at the hands of both Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds and Wexford Youths in Ballybofey. After an outstanding career Shay Given announced his retirement from international football after 124 appearances for his country from when he made his debut in March 1996.For further details on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie or visit us on Facebook at Donegalsport Starawards. 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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Chaffey’s defense was next to get in on the action. After a touchback on the kickoff, the Olympians were pushed back to their own 7-yard line after a false start and a pair of plays to running back Zack Jara that each lost yards. On a third-and-23, Santos tried to slip a pass through several Chaffey defenders, but the ball was deflected and shot high into the end zone. A Mesa player caught the errant ball and was tackled for a safety. Brown received the ensuing free kick and nearly broke it for a touchdown before being dragged down at the Mesa 18. Bernard Payton ran it in from there for the score and gave his team a 16-0 lead. Two minutes into the game, Ernest Jones picked off a pass from Olympian quarterback Jacob Santos at the Mesa 35. Casey Hansen hit receiver Au gustine Osuala with a short pass that he turned into a 16-yard gain. Donald Brown carried the ball to the end zone from 19 yards out on an end-around and gave Chaffey the 7-0 lead on just its second touch of the game. “You can’t go to another team’s home, go down 16 points and expect to be competitive,” Mesa coach Martin Mosssaid. “We weren’t prepared to handle their firepower at the start.” The Olympians finally woke up behind the steady arm of Santos. Phillip Gyulai caught a 26-yard pass that moved the ball to the Chaffey 46. Two plays later, Gyulai caught another pass for a 44-yard touch down. “We have this tendency to come out steamed up and build up a nice lead, but then relax and let the other team get back into the game,” Hansen said. Chaffey managed to score again in the first quarter when a short punt gave the Panthers the ball at Mesa’s 34. Osuala beat his defender on a post-corner route and Hansen hit him in stride in the end zone, which stretched the lead back to 16 points. Hansen finished the night 10-for-23 for 161 yards. In the second half, the Panthers relied more on their ground game. Payton, who finished the night with 167 yards on 27 carries, 19 of which came in the second half, scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run at the 12:36 point in the third quarter for the 30-10 lead. The following drive by Mesa was stopped short when Chaf fey’s defense came up with an other interception, this time at the hands of Christopher Smith. But before the Panthers could evenfinish celebrating the re covered turnover, they turned the ball over. Payton was stripped on a run up the middle and Mesa defensive lineman Christopher Carman scooped up the ball and rumbled 49 yards for the score. “I felt the team played well to day, offensively and defensively, and especially the offensive line,” Payton said. “But I feel I have a lot of things to work on. I gave up a touchdown on that fumble, so I definitely have things I need to work on.” Payton redeemed himself on Chaffey’s next possession, where he had seven carries on its 12-play drive, including the 3-yard run that capped it and stretched the lead to 36-17. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Chaffey rebounded in a big way against Mesa by putting the Olympians in an early hole and cruising to a 43-20 victory at Chaffey College Saturday night. Chaffey put up nearly as many points in the first five minutes of the game as Mesa did the entire night in a rapid-fire display on both sides of the football.
Cranes players celebrate after winning the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Thursday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup-FinalUganda 3-0 EritreaStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Thursday, 19-12-2019LUGOGO – Uganda are the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2019 Champions!The Cranes sealed the crown on Thursday afternoon following a 3-0 victory over Eritrea at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Just like it has been throughout the tournament, the Cranes dominated both halves and it was no surprise they took the day in the end.A first half strike by Bright Anukani and a goal each in the second period from Mustafa Kizza and Joel Madondo did the damage for Johnathan McKinstry’s side.Anukani fed off an Allan Okello pass to squeeze in the opener at the near post on 31 minutes.With Eritrea trying all they can to get back in the game, Kizza doubled Uganda’s advantage on 68 minutes as he collected from Karim Watambala before blasting into the back of the net.With a minute to play, substitute Madondo put the icing on the cake as he finished off a Ben Ocen long-pass for Uganda’s third. The Kirinya JSS forward had six minutes earlier, replaced Fahad Bayo as McKinstry and his technical team called for a final change.Speaking after the game, McKinstry noted that it had been a good tournament for Uganda.“It has been a good tourney for us, noted Mckinstry.“We knew its going to be very tight so we had to manage our schedule very well.“We missed many good chances but we have managed to show that we have enough quality to score goals.”This is Uganda’s 15th CECAFA crown in history and the first since 2012.They have won all their five matches at the competition this year, scoring 14 goals and conceding just two.For Eritrea, this is their best ever finish at the regional competition and it is a big step in their development.Uganda Cranes XI vs EritreaCharles Lukwago (GK, KCCA FC), Paul Willa (Vipers SC), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA FC), John Revita (KCCA FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Shafiq Kagimu (URA FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Joachim Ojera (URA FC), Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC), Viane Sekajugo (Wakiso Giants)Comments Tags: Bright AnukaniCECAFA Senior Challenge CupJoel MadondoJohnathan McKinstryMustafa KizzaUganda Cranes
9 December 2010A group of 20 international journalists got a close-up view of South African transport and energy infrastructure, and heard first-hand about the country’s growth plans, during a week-long visit to the country. John Battersby reports.The world is changing and South Africa will look increasingly to more integrated African markets and the new economic powers – China, India, Russia and Brazil – for trade and investment to create jobs and accelerate development in the country.This was the core message of Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel to a group of visiting journalists from China, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and Britain as they got an upfront view of energy and transport infrastructure in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal during a week-long visit to the country.The “gearing for growth” tour, organised by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, followed the release two weeks ago of a new economic growth path as the country gears up for a more intensive phase of growth following the hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The release has sparked an intense dialogue about the economic model which can achieve a social compact between government, business and labour to best ensure sustainable growth for South Africa in the medium- to long-term.From Gautrain ride to Durban port tourThe journalists rode on the Gautrain rapid rail link and the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system in Johannesburg, ascended the sky walk of Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, traversed the extensive container terminals and grain and sugar depots at Africa’s largest port of Durban, and visited the expansive Sasol plant at Secunda in Mpumalanga province.They heard first-hand from the ministers of Economic Development and Arts and Culture and met with business and civil society leaders. They visited the Competition Commission on the eve of a landmark case defining the extent of its mandate to dismantle cartels with interventionist financial measures.There were many moments of insight and revelation during the six-day tour, but the moment of truth for many of the visiting journalists came during the tour of Durban harbour by port manager Ricky Bikraj.“When one sees and experiences the scale of this port you can better appreciate the crucial role of South Africa in the continent’s development,” said Onyekachi Wambu, a Nigerian-born journalist living in the UK who writes a regular column in New African, a London-based magazine.Ebrahim Patel connects the dotsAnother moment of truth came with the 90-minute briefing and question-and-answer session with Minister Patel, which connected the dots for the visiting journalists by drawing together the various strands of the country’s emerging economic framework to balance development and growth for the benefit of all.“I thought that Minister Patel was hugely impressive,” said Enoch Wambua of the Nation Media Group in Kenya. “He really knows what he is talking about and offers great insight into the future growth trajectory of South Africa and the continent.”Coming face-to-face with a 71 000-ton sugar mountain at Durban harbour’s sugar terminal was one of the highlights for Nagy Abd El Aziz of Egypt’s independent daily, Al Masry Al Youm.Egypt recently experienced a sugar shortage and wants to diversify its sources of supply. A deal to import South African sugar was announced during the visit.The need for Africa to integrateThe need for Africa to integrate trade within the continent and revamp rail and transport systems designed to benefit the former colonial powers rather than serve the continent’s own development was highlighted by Minister Patel.He contrasted the low 10% market integration in Africa with 50% in Asia and 70% in Europe.“The continent’s transport links reflect patterns of development designed to exploit natural resources and send them elsewhere to be processed,” he said, highlighting the problem of different rail gauges in different African countries.He said that the rebuilding of Africa’s infrastructure could not be a South African project but needed to involve the whole continent.“Our future lies in balanced economic growth across the African continent,” said Patel.‘The opportunities are huge’The media tour also highlighted the growing emphasis on renewable energy – such as nuclear and solar energy and hydrogen fuel cells – as a key factor in the country’s future economic growth.Patel said that while some R800-billion would be spent on energy and transport infrastructure over the next three years, trillions of rands would be spent on energy infrastructure over the next 10 to 20 years.“The opportunities in South Africa are huge,” said Lu Yingni, an expert in renewable energy who writes for the London-based Reconnect Africa website.At a dinner hosted by the Financial Times and the International Marketing Council in Johannesburg’s Turbine Hall, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile provided an interesting insight into the role that arts and culture can play as a driver of economic growth.He cited recent statements by Chinese President Hu Jintao, who has initiated such a process in China, in support of his thesis.“We want to put the creative industries and cultural heritage at the heart of driving our economy,” he said, citing the role that cultural heritage could play in attracting more tourists.John Battersby is the UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. He accompanied 20 international journalists on the “South Africa Gearing for Growth Media Tour” from 28 November to 5 December 2010.