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2010 FIFA World Cup news

Official Durban 2010 website launched

15 Jun 2009 13:02
The official Durban 2010 website, designed to be the “one-stop-shop” for all information relating to the city and the forthcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup, was launched on last week by Julie-May Ellingson, head of Durban's Strategic Projects Unit.
Commenting on the interactive website, which has been designed to be user-friendly, Ellingson said: “The new Durban 2010 website now gives us a platform to showcase the city and 2010 developments to the rest of the world.”

In its initial phase the website serves as an information portal to local residents wanting to know about the city's preparations for the FIFA World Cup, as well as potential visitors who want to know more about the city. “The website is a source of up-to-date information with factual, easy-to-read content on subjects such as stadium construction, infrastructure development and transportation,” said Ellingson.

Designed by a local IT firm, AdaptIT, the website is designed to capture Durban's personality and was developed using world-class technology. Content will be updated on a regular basis and will maintain freshness designed give all visitors to the site a good reason to keep coming back.

English and Zulu

The website will launch in English and Zulu and, at a later stage, will also be made available in another three of the official FIFA languages - Spanish, German and French. (According to a 14 January 2009 release on the FIFA website, Arabic is to be the fifth official language of world football's governing body.)

The Durban website is designed to boast different, cutting-edge features, such as the stadium's live webcam, with images of the stadium construction being updated every 15 minutes, fun interactive postcards, novel image galleries and more.

Besides the Durban-related information, fans will be able to get updates on FIFA-related football stories, as well as useful information about the city and its various attractions.

One stop shop

“It's important that the website provides a productive, memorable and frustration-free experience for our visitors. We wanted to create a website that would be a source of useful information for tourists who want to visit the city, as well as showcase Durban as being a technically savvy city. When it comes to Durban 2010, www.fifaworldcup.durban.gov.za will be the ‘one stop shop' for all information”, concluded Ellingson.
    
 
Muzi Mohale
Rip-off-
You omitted the vital info about this announcement...the R6.5m bill?
Posted on 15 Jun 2009 15:27
Mastermind
It cost R6.5 Million!!-
This is absolutely outrageous and smacks of corruption!
Posted on 15 Jun 2009 15:40
Anonymous
Disappointing-
This looks like a website design in 2001. Where is the interaction? Apart from a little twitter link at the _bottom_ of the site - there is no 'web 2.0' feel to this site at all. Boring.
Posted on 16 Jun 2009 10:25
Cha-ching!
R6.5 million 'Cut and Paste'-
There is nothing on this site that can not be achieved, with a little extra effort, by using FREE content management systems like Joomla or Mambo and their thousands of FREE plugins and upgrades.

The site boasts amazing technology like...

Real-time weather checks: This code is available for FREE.
Currency Conversion: Also for FREE
Maps: Google Map plugins FREE
Site Tracking: Google Analytics FREE
Facebook and Twitter intergration: FREE

I understand that to integrate this FREE technology into a site can take a little time and effort - R6.5 Million worth of effort? Not in a 6.5 Million years.

Check the bank accounts - I suspect a little back handing going on.
Posted on 17 Jun 2009 09:23
ZiG
Terrible job-
The site was developed using tables!!! In this day and age??

A quick check on http://validator.w3.org/ revealed over 50 HTML markup errors on the homepage!!
Posted on 20 Jun 2009 19:31
Anonymous
Don't be afraid-
The government likes spending money unwisely, people look at all the poor, hungry, suffering. JEEZ spend a mil for that heap, not 6.
Posted on 6 Jul 2009 15:12
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