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The Angeles Chorale Welcome Jeffrey Shapiro as New Executive Director

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Make a comment More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News center_img Jeffrey Shapiro. Photo courtesy The Angeles ChoraleThe Angeles Chorale is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Shapiro as their new Executive Director. Shapiro comes to the Angeles Chorale with over 30 years of experience in both nonprofit and arts management. Notably, he served as Executive Director of the CalArts Alumni Association and the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts at MacArthur Park, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation and the Jewish Life Foundation.Shapiro is a true friend to the arts, and has dedicated his professional life to helping organizations like the Angeles Chorale succeed. Says Shapiro “I have a love for the arts and a passion for music. The opportunity to help sustain and advance the Angeles Chorale will be both fulfilling and rewarding.” He is committed to the mission of the chorale, and continues to say “how wonderful it is to be part of this amazing volunteer organization—100 individual voices coming together to literally create beauty.”The Board of Directors is delighted to add Shapiro to their team, says Board President, Felicity Palmer: “We’re thrilled to welcome Jeffrey into the Angeles Chorale family. With his extensive background as a nonprofit leader, including at some of our region’s most esteemed arts organizations and institutions, Jeffrey brings deep experience and innovative ideas to the position of Executive Director. Along with the entire Board of Directors and Artistic Director John Sutton, I look forward to working with Jeffrey to help the chorale continue to grow and thrive in the future.”About the Angeles ChoraleThe Angeles Chorale is an all-volunteer, professional-level, auditioned group of 100 Angelenos from all walks of life, aged 21 to over 80, brought together by our shared passion for great choral music. Our mission is to engage, enrich and inspire our audiences, singers, and our diverse community by performing great choral music with a passionate commitment to excellence, and to increase access to and appreciation of choral music in greater Los Angeles. Recent Angeles Chorale performance highlights include A John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil at Disney Hall in 2014, and Barbra Streisand’s Back to Brooklyn concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012. In 2014 the chorale appeared with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl in An Evening of Chinese Splendor and in 2015 the Angeles Chorale performed in Distant Words: Music from Final Fantasy at the Microsoft Theater. In December 2015 the Angeles Chorale released An American Christmas, recorded live in concert and featuring works by Morten Lauridsen, Morten Lauridsen, Daniel Pinkham, Alfred Burt, Randol Alan Bass, and other traditional holiday music. http://www.angeleschorale.org/2016-2017 Concert Season: Made in AmericaIn its 42nd season, Made in America, the Angeles Chorale brings to life the diverse musical tapestry of America with works both familiar and new. In December, we explored homegrown holiday music by local composers with An L.A. Christmas. The cornerstone piece of our performance included Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, and our annual candlelight sing-along, a crowd favorite full of the most beloved holiday carols and tunes. Then, in March, we celebrated the American Heartland with Sounds of the Smoky Mountains featuring early American folk music like Shenandoah, and a contemporary bluegrass interpretation of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. Finally, we close out the season with A Musical Bite of the Big Apple. We’ll perform notable pieces by Leonard Bernstein, including Chichester Psalms and selections from West Side Story, as well as other crowd-pleasing Broadway selections. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * People The Angeles Chorale Welcome Jeffrey Shapiro as New Executive Director From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 7, 2017 | 3:33 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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News story: Minister attends UK’s largest interactive skills event to inspire next generation

first_imgThousands of young people came together today (Thursday 15 November) to try their hand at different skills and to hear career tips from top business leaders and young professionals at WorldSkills UK LIVE in Birmingham.Working with the Government’s Year of Engineering campaign, Facebook, Rolls Royce and Raspberry Pi created an exhibition space at the event for visitors to meet with real engineers and see the technological solutions which engineers have already developed for the challenges of the future.Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton met with apprentices and trainees, employers and staff from schools and colleges across the country, as well as Skills Champions – former winners of WorldSkills competitions.She also met with Mayor of West Midlands Combined Authority Andy Street to discuss the recently announced West Midlands Skills Deal. This deal will boost digital and technical skills, job opportunities and productivity across the region – supporting more young people and adults into work as well as upskilling and retraining local people of all ages.Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK’s largest skills, training and careers event. The event is built around the WorldSkills National Skill Competition Finals where scores of young apprentices and trainees battle it out in their skill to win medals and the chance to represent the UK in international competitions. It’s fantastic to be in Birmingham at WorldSkills UK Live! WorldSkills UK Live gives thousands of young people a chance to improve their skills and show off their amazing potential. The passion from all the organisers and those attending is palpable. The future of technical skills in our country is clearly in safe and very able hands!last_img read more

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Brazil 2014:Spain crashes out of World Cup

first_imgDefending champions Spain have become the first team to be eliminated from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.With the Netherlands coming from 2-1 down to beat Australia 3-1, Spain needed to avoid defeat against Chile to take the group down to the final round of matches. However, a 2-0 loss confirmed their early exit from the competition.More to followlast_img

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Hospital ICUs Reach Near-Capacity Across Parts of South Florida

first_imgAs cases of the coronavirus continue to increase throughout South Florida, health officials are growing concerned over hospitalizations and the numbers of intensive care unit beds that are, or are not, available.Last week, the state reached more than 1,800 hospitalizations, marking the highest single-day since the beginning of the pandemic, according to state records.Some area hospitals are now taking steps to increase the amount of available ICU beds.Bethesda East, Bethesda West and Boca Raton Regional Center are rescheduling elective procedures that require overnight stays in order to help free up space for COVID-19 patients.In Broward, Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines reported only two of its 40 adult ICU beds were left Tuesday, according to state records.Meanwhile, Memorial Hospital Miramar reported none available, with all 18 of its ICU beds occupied.Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach reported that it had one of 32 beds available, while Baptist Hospital of Miami reported that six out of 88 beds remained open.Throughout Florida, 56 hospital ICUs have reached capacity, while another 35 hospitals report ICU bed availability of 10 percent or less. As of Wednesday morning, many Palm Beach County hospital ICUs were also reportedly near capacity.According to the state’s hospital bed census, Bethesda West and Wellington Regional Medical Center both reported they only had two beds available for ICU patients.Gov. Ron Desantis said this week that hospitals are seeing more patients for other issues, and then learning they also have coronavirus. The governor added that is part of the reason the positive numbers are rising.“People didn’t all of the sudden stop having heart attacks,” DeSantis said. “People were not as comfortable seeking medical care then, so we’ve been stressing, and every hospital we’ve talked to is stressing, ‘Hey, we’re open for business.’”last_img read more

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Lindenwood long shot gets shot at NFL combine

first_imgIn this Nov. 9, 2013 file photo, Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir warms up before the start of an NCAA football game against Pittsburg State in St. Charles, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pierre Desir long ago became resigned to the likelihood that his lifelong NFL dream might not come true.The 6-foot-1, 198-pound cornerback had greater responsibilities than impressing a bunch of football scouts. He worked his way through a growing Division II college in St. Charles, Mo. With no athletic scholarship, he supported a wife and two children by devoting more than 20 hours a day to his job, schoolwork, practice and family.So when he starts working out Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium with the other defensive backs at the NFL’s scouting combine, it’s no wonder Desir will seemingly hear the roar coming from the living room back home.In this Nov. 9, 2013 file photo, Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir smiles on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game against Pittsburg State in St. Charles, Mo. Desir starts working out Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Lucas Oil Stadium with the other defensive backs at the NFL’s scouting combine. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)“It’s a combine party,” he said, explaining how his family and parents planned to watch the workouts on television. “I can almost see my 7-year-old daughter, yelling ‘Go Daddy’ and not knowing which one I am out there.”For years, it seemed nobody knew about Desir or whether he would ever make it big.Low scores on college entrance tests sabotaged his chance to play at a Division I school. Two successful seasons at Washburn College in Kansas, his first Division II school, raised Desir’s football profile. It dropped again when he moved back near St. Louis, where both sets of parents could help out. When he tried to resurrect his football career at Lindenwood University, officials at Washburn, a conference rival, refused to grant his release, preventing Desir from getting a scholarship.But Desir didn’t fret. He went to work.“What happened is that I would wake up at about 5 in the morning, get my older daughter ready for school, go to the temporary service and they’d pick out a few guys to go to different work stations,” he said. “You might work on the sewers or in the sewers. I’d go to class, say 11 to 2 or something and then after school, I’d go pick up my daughter. Last year, I had to do the same thing, but I worked at Charter Communications. So I’d go to school from 10 to 2 and work from 4:30 to 2:30 and then get back up at 5.”Sprinkle in a little football practice and film work to the daily routine and Desir didn’t have much time for anything else.While this 23-year-old draft hopeful might seem to have the unlikeliest story of the players at this weekend’s combine, the hallways at Lucas Oil Stadium are littered with similar stories of trials, tribulations, underdogs and small-school long shots.Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin made his first combine appearance Sunday, one month after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament during a Senior Bowl practice. Colvin only got rid of his crutches last week and says doctors have told him he should be ready to practice by the start of training camp, a promising sign heading into May’s draft.Cornerback Travis Carrie came to Indy after six seasons at Ohio University, enduring hip surgery and two torn labrums in his right shoulder after missing one year in high school so he could recover from heart surgery to repair a birth defect.Baylor cornerback Demetri Goodson followed his heart to Gonzaga, where he played basketball for three seasons, two as the starting point guard. Then he returned to his home state, followed the lead of his NFL playing brother, Mike, and got an extra year of eligibility through an NCAA medical waiver. Last season, after two injury-plagued seasons in Waco, Goodson joined the short list of college athletes who have played in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and a bowl game. He turns 25 in June.“I think they were kind of iffy about it at first,” Goodson said when asked about Baylor’s reception following his basketball stint. “They had to feel me out a little bit and get to know me. After about the third game of the season I think they knew I could play.”Desir never doubted he could play, either.After redshirting in 2008, Desir led the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association with seven interceptions for Washburn in 2009 and followed that with five more picks in 2010. When life became too difficult on the road, Desir and his family packed up and moved back home.Desir wound up enrolling at Lindenwood, which didn’t admit men until 1969, didn’t play football until 1990 and had produced exactly two NFL alums — running back DeDe Dorsey and defensive tackle Brian Schaefering.None of that mattered to the native of Haiti who grew up playing soccer.“I think it speaks to what I’m willing to go through, where my mind was at, and I still wanted to pursue my football dreams,” he said.The football scouts took notice, showing up at practices and games in a locale they had rarely visited. They pored through film and questioned coaches to dig into Desir’s background.What they found was a big cornerback who could hold up against receivers big and small, key traits for NFL teams looking to copy the defensive blueprint of Super Bowl champion Seattle.All Desir has to do now is take advantage of this golden ticket.History says most combine invitees will get drafted and those who make the 53-man roster will earn a six-figure salary as a rookie — putting Desir and his family on the cusp of living in a real dream world.“Being a father helped me become more focused,” said Desir, who would be Lindenwood’s first draft pick. “Now I just have to prove I have the skill set to go out and compete with these guys.”last_img read more

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Two La Masia players name dropped who were better than Lionel Messi at taking…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/InfobaeAdvertisement 785fubNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vst34yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 65g26nbWould you ever consider trying this?😱vaCan your students do this? 🌚tsvRoller skating! Powered by Firework La Masia- a name every football watches has heard of, a name every FC Barcelona fan cherishes. The youth system has produced some of the finest players to grace the field, and there are more to come. In the wake of Lionel Messi’s 50th free kick goal, a former youth player has given a declaration on two La Masia graduates who could allegedly take better free kicks than the club talisman himself!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/InfobaeRoger Giribet Sabartes, a Barça youth academy product who currently plays for CE Artesa De Segre in Segona Catalana, 6th tier of the Spanish football league system, has approached forward with two names- Víctor Vázquez and Juanjo Clausí, probably nobody has ever heard of them.However, the 32 year old defender has imputed that those two academy players were preferred over Messi, when a free kick was in question.Advertisement “Víctor Vázquez, who was amazing, and the left-footed Juanjo Clausí used to take them. Messi almost never.” Sabartes spoke to Goal.com, recollecting old memories of his ex teammates.Vázquez with Messi, and Clausí in CD Castellón kit. (Image Courtesy: Diario AS/Mediterráneo)Vázquez currently plays for Qatar Stars League side Umm Salal SC, and there have been examples of free kicks taken by the former Club Brugge midfielder that supports Sarbates’s claim.Advertisement Clausí, a winger at Tercera División side Paterna CF, didn’t make it to the level of Vázquez, and had his top tier experience only with the Blaugranas under 19 team.Wednesday’s 5-1 devastation of the Pucelle saw Messi scoring a brace, including the 35 yard screamer that completed his half century of free kicks. Valverde and his boys are now in the top spot of the table with 22 points. Advertisementlast_img read more

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South Africa’s 2010 venues on target

first_imgAll eyes are on Johannesburg’s Soccer City, which will be the centre of the universe in just 16 months when it hosts both the opening ceremony and 2010 World Cup final. A recent major storm in Nelspruit resulted in some minor damage to the Mbombela Stadium, affecting 10 precast seating beams and one roof bay. However, the project is 60% complete, and is also on target to meet its deadlines. Former Dutch Sport Minister Erica Terpstra is rarely short of words, but when she led a delegation representing 37 Dutch companies on a 2010 World Cup Trade Mission to South Africa late last year, she was left speechless by Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium. Again, project managers say they are satisfied with the progress and that the venue is now 67% complete. 16 January 2009 Like most of South Africa’s World Cup stadiums, Durban is firmly on track to meet its Fifa deadlines. The next step will be the construction of the compression ring, which will give the roof, bowl and arch the strength required to hold it together. Project managers say they are on target to meet all their deadlines. Cape Town’s Green Point stadium – the other semi-final venue – is now framed by a massive compression ring which will support the glass roof which is now being constructed in New York. That’s one less thing for South Africa to worry about with the biggest single-code sporting event in the world – let’s not mince words: the biggest spectator event in the world, period – looming fast. Of course, there have been some hiccups. Port Elizabeth is still licking its wounds after missing its deadlines for June’s Confederations Cup, but city officials say they have now set their sights on “the big one”, and that the stadium is 70% complete. In a nutshell, the army of architects, planners and construction workers tasked with building some of the finest stadiums in the world (in record time) are producing the goods. “Of all the stadiums we saw, that one is special – it would turn heads anywhere,” Terpstra said. All major refurbishments to the Confederations Cup stadiums – the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, and Ellis Park in Johannesburg – have been completed. In addition, the grass pitch is already being manicured on a farm in the Boland! This week, the last piece of the massive Y-shaped arch above the stadium was inserted to complete the 105 metre-high structure which has changed the city’s skyline. Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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Canada, asylum and the sprinkler salesman

first_imgSimon BarberCanada is a very large place, seriously in the market for more people. It was not, however, aching for the company of Brandon Carl Huntley, 31, late of Mowbray, a Cape Town suburb. He was in the country illegally. His resume, according to newspaper accounts, included stints as a carnival worker and as a garden sprinkler salesman, positions Canada is manifestly able to fill from its current reserves of human capital and which would not classify his departure from South Africa as contributing greatly to any brain drain.So Huntley had to find some other means of persuading the Big Empty to have him. He chose to seek asylum, claiming he had been persecuted by muggers back home because he was white and the local police had done nothing to protect him. Among the logical holes in his story was his admission that he had never reported being mugged to the police. He said did not trust them to act. Evidence of their inaction was therefore lacking.Assuming, in the absence of police reports, he truly was attacked “six or seven” times – he had scars purporting to show it – he was also hard put to prove that the alleged attacks were racially motivated. We have only his word for it that the attackers used racial epithets if and when they set upon him. And even if they did use such language, that is hardly probative of his colour having been the decisive factor in their choice of target.Canadian headline writers often play on the title of their national anthem, O Canada, when their countrymen do something particularly embarrassing. The ruling by William Davis, sole member of the immigration tribunal that heard Huntley’s case, surely qualifies for the “Oh, Canada!” treatment. In granting Huntley refugee status, Davis agreed that the applicant would “stand out like a sore thumb in any part of South Africa”. The “evidence” showed “a picture of indifference and inability or unwillingness by the government and security forces to protect white South Africans from persecution by African South Africans”.This is ignorant on so many levels. Merely to have visited South Africa is to know that black people do not persecute white people there. It runs counter to everything that makes South Africa special to all of us who love it. Yes, crime is a serious problem. Dealing with it is in the top tier of the government’s agenda. By a huge margin, the majority of victims is black.A final verdict on Davis’s ruling must await the release of the full text. At this writing, we only have the bits Huntley’s lawyer, Russell Kaplan, a South African expat who has been living in Canada for 20 years, shared with the media. Still, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that this was a most peculiar proceeding. Davis relied in good measure on horror stories told by Kaplan’s sister Laura, herself a recent immigrant. Well, there can’t have been an ounce of bias there, can there?The case might well have passed unnoticed had not Kaplan, or his client, decided to let the world know about it. Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board, home of the tribunal that heard the matter, renders more than 40 000 decisions are year. The proceeding was closed to the public. There is as yet no mention of it on the board’s website, no press release was issued and IRB officials have studiously declined comment citing privacy concerns.Some if not all tribunal decisions are eventually published on the internet. Three of Davis’ rulings from 2007 can be found there. In one, he granted asylum to a former member of the Peruvian armed forces who feared reprisals for atrocities that occurred while he was on active service against the Shining Path in the 1980s.Two other applications Davis rejected. One was from an Albanian who claimed his wife’s brothers were out to kill him after he was photographed having gay sex. Davis was not convinced he faced persecution. The man merely “came to Canada to find a better life”. The second was from an Afghan who said the Taliban were after him. Davis found the timing of this application suspect. “The claimant made his refugee claim on the very same day his status in Canada expired.” And yet Huntley’s claim, made long after his visa expired, was somehow not so suspect.You have to know what you are looking for to find these cases. Kaplan and his client might have done themselves a favour by simply shutting up, but no, they wanted their 15 minutes of fame. Huntley would not have been missed in South Africa which, like Canada, faces no shortage of carnival workers or sprinkler salesmen. South Africa would not have had to publicly respond to the shameful distortions contained in Davis’s decision. As it is, the Canadian government may well decide to reverse the decision and Huntley will be back to square one.This is not, incidentally, the first case of its kind. In 1997, a Durban couple, Michelle and David Thomas, came to California with their two children on visitors visas. A year later they petitioned for asylum. They said they had endured and would continue to face reprisals because David’s father, “Boss Ronnie”, was a racist thug who threatened and abused his black workers back in South Africa. Their case made it all the way to the Supreme Court which finally upheld its initial rejection by an immigration judge. At least they had the good grace not to claim they were the victims of anybody’s racism other than Dad’s.Simon Barber joined the International Marketing Council as US country manager in 2002. He was for many years the Washington correspondent for Business Day and the Sunday Times. He arrived in South Africa 30 years ago last September armed with little more than a degree in classics. He was sent to cover the Biko inquest and has been involved with South Africa, one way or another, ever since.last_img read more

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Overview: South African telecommunication facilities

first_imgSouth Africa has extremely well-developed communications infrastructure, with extensive fixed-line phone networks and five mobile phone service providers with widespread coverage.(Image: Pexels stock image)Brand South Africa reporterPhoning into South AfricaPhoning out of South AfricaPhoning around South Africa08 numbersSouth Africa phone directoriesUsing your mobile in South AfricaYou can rent mobile phones – we call them cellphones – from the airport on arrival.And provided your mobile phone in your country uses a SIM card, you can buy a South African SIM card and register it in a matter of minutes at a shop or kiosk at the airport on arrival, and use it in your handset. But check with your local service provider that your phone is unlocked before you travel.SIM cards range in price from R0.49 to R2.99.Telkom and Neotel provide fixed-line services, with Neotel focusing more on commercial services.Telkom public telephones use coins, phonecards or Worldcall. Phonecards and Worldcall can be purchased at most retail stores, petrol stations, post offices and airports.Phoning into South AfricaIf you’re dialling a number in South Africa from outside the country, it must be preceded by +27, South Africa’s international country code (the + sign represents the international access code for the country you’re calling from); and either:the area code of the city or town in South Africa you’re calling (leaving out the first zero), if you’re calling a landline; orthe mobile network code (leaving out the first zero), if you’re calling a cellular/mobile network.So, for example, to phone South African Airways’ call centre from abroad, you’d dial +27 11 978 5313 (Johannesburg’s area code is 011, but if you’re phoning from abroad, you drop the zero).To call a mobile number, you might start dialling +27 82 . (082 is the code for one of our main mobile networks, but if you’re phoning from abroad, you drop the zero).Dialling codes in South AfricaThe area codes of some of South Africa’s major cities are:Bloemfontein 051Cape Town 021Durban 031East London 043Johannesburg 011Pretoria 012Port Elizabeth 041For more, consult Telkom’s Dialling codes in South Africa.What’s the time in South Africa?Go to Google and type in “time south africa”.Phoning out of South AfricaTo make an international call from South Africa, dial 00, followed by the country code of the country you wish to call, followed by the relevant area code (if there is one), followed by the phone number.What’s my country’s dialling code?One of the quickest ways to find out is to dial Telkom’s 24-hour international customer care centre – 10903 – and ask. The service is free. Alternatively, look it up on Telkom’s international dialling code directory or go to Google and type in “dialling code [your country]”.Operator-assisted diallingTelkom’s international booked calls – 10900 – offers 24-hour assistance to anyone wanting to make international calls or send faxes.What’s the time back home?Go to Google and search “time [name of your home country]”.Collect callsCollect calls are reverse-charge calls (that is, where the called party pays the charge on acceptance of the call). To make a national collect call, phone 1025, where you will be directed by voice prompts. For international collect calls, contact Telkom’s international enquiries at 10900. They will supply you with the number to call in your home country.Public phones for touristsTelkom has placed public telephones at major tourist sites across South Africa. Coin-operated phones are blue, while cardphones are green, and both are user- friendly and compatible with hearing-aid devices. They offer a reliable connection, high quality of speech, and are affordable.Phonecards and WorldCallTelkom’s phonecards and WorldCall cards are available at major outlets where the Telkom logo is displayed.Phoning around South AfricaIf you’re in South Africa and phoning a landline – whether you’re phoning from a landline or a mobile phone – the number must be preceded by the area code (including the first zero) for the city or town you’re phoning.Telkom: Dialling codes in South AfricaIf, on the other hand, you’re phoning to a mobile number, you never use an area code, only the appropriate mobile network code.08 numbersMany businesses and organisations have special landline numbers beginning with an 08 code – 0800, 0860, 0861, and so on. (But not 082, 083 or 084, which belong to the mobile networks.) These are, in effect, national numbers – area codes are dispensed with, and callers dial the same number regardless of where they are. Note that these lines can only be accessed from within South Africa.080 numbers (usually 0800) – no charge to the caller.0860 numbers – the caller does not pay for any long-distance portion of the call.0861 numbers – the caller is charged a flat rate for the call.Phone directoriesFor landline numbers in South Africa, consult Telkom’s phone directories. The print versions are published and millions of copies distributed free of charge every year – you’ll find them in airports, hotels, offices, homes and public phone booths just about everywhere. The online versions are at:Phone Book (White Pages) – residential Telkom subscribersYellow Pages – businesses, services and productsAlternatively, dial Telkom’s telephonic directories:International – 10903Directory Services (Phone Book) – 1023Talking Yellow Pages – 10118Mobile Yellow Pages – SMS what you’re looking for and where (eg “flowers cape town”) to 34310.Using your mobile in South AfricaSouth Africa has an extensive GSM network, working on the same frequency as the rest of Africa and Europe. There are five cellphone providers: Vodacom, MTN, Cell- C, Virgin Mobile and Telkom, previously known as 8ta.The networks support GPRS countrywide; 3G, 4G, LTE, UMTS, EDGE and HSDPA support is available in larger urban areas.You will be able to use your phone in South Africa if as long as your phone is a triband or fourband phone, is unlocked, and takes a SIM card. Make the necessary arrangements with your service provider before leaving your home country. You will need to activate international roaming.It is also possible to rent or buy a phone and SIM card. You can buy a SIM card starter kit – they’re cheap and easily available from kiosks at most airports, as well as at supermarkets and corner cafes. Car rental companies will often rent out a phone – and GPS if you need one. You can buy credit for prepaid phones just about everywhere.You can also order and buy a SIM card and airtime/data bundle before you even leave home, through B4IGO South Africa. You pick up your pre-ordered SIM at the South African airport on arrival.Follow the dialling conventions outlined above when making calls from your phone.Make sure you pack your charger as well as the correct adaptor before you leave home. South Africa uses plug types “C”, “G” and “M”.Remember that talking on your handheld mobile phone while driving is illegal. Either rent a hands-free kit, or pull off the road at a safe place.Source: Telkom, Vodacom, Cell C, MTNWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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