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first_imgThe New Age hopes to gain massivereadership quickly.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) Editor Henry Jeffreys said  they are notbiased towards the ANC.(Image: The New Age)MEDIA CONTACTS• The New Age+27 11 542 1222RELATED ARTICLES• Turning up the media volume• Praise for new isiZulu paper• New M&G journalism centre• Uganda’s media industry on a rollBongani NkosiThe New Age, the latest national newspaper to launch in South Africa, has finally hit the streets after delays of several months.The newspaper becomes the most recent to seek penetration into the challenging mainstream print media market. The first print version came out on 6 December 2010, with copies being sold across the country.The paper planned to launch in September, but this didn’t happen. In October it tried again, but efforts were scuppered by the resignation of appointed chief editor Vuyo Mvoko and four other key staff members.Following the setback, a new editor-in-chief, Henry Jeffreys, was appointed and he took up the post on 1 December. Jeffreys has a strong background in Afrikaans newspapers and was formerly editor of the daily Die Burger.The New Age is owned by business moguls with strong ties to the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Many media pundits have predicted that it will serve as a propaganda tool for the party and the government.It’s owned by TNA Media, whose executive chairperson Atul Gupta shares close ties with the ANC and the country’s President Jacob Zuma. TNA’s director Essop Pahad is an ANC veteran and was a minister in the presidency under Thabo Mbeki’s tenure.The paper’s owners have made it clear that The New Age will report on the government in a positive manner, but it will remain objective and it will not act as the government’s agent.It will not be biased towards the ANC, The New Age claims. “We hold no political brief for any political party or formation. We are proudly South African and fiercely independent – and owe allegiance only to our readers and South Africa,” said Jeffreys in a front-page note in the paper.Vow of deeper coverageThe broadsheet newspaper, which sells for R3.50 (US$0.50), is promising to cover all nine provinces in far more detail than any of its competitors. Wider coverage is an identified market gap, according to The New Age.“We aim to give a voice to under-reported rural and semi-rural communities,” said Jeffreys. “We hope we do not fail, especially in our efforts to cover the lesser known provinces.”The paper’s Sunday edition is still on hold, and the launch date will be announced in early 2011.The New Age is forecast to score big from state advertising, which, some have said, will be at the expense of other papers. The launch copy carries adverts from both the government and private sector.Experienced staff roped in Several experienced journalists from the print industry have joined The New Age, some from stables such as Independent Newspapers and Media 24.There’s an enormous expectation of The New Age to cover stories differently from its competitors, noted Xolani Mbanjwa, a senior political reporter formerly of Independent Newspapers.“We have to live up to the expectation that we will offer a different product to what is in the more established media publications,” Mbanjwa said in a statement on the eve of the launch.“For everyone involved it’s been a rollercoaster ride and we’re happy that we have the platform to produce a product that is credible and offers different voices.”Zinhle Maphumulo, the erstwhile Sowetan senior health reporter, said: “Finally we get the chance to prove to sceptics that we are not a government newspaper. We’ve waited a long time to come out.”last_img read more

first_imgDavid Curry People may be wondering what is leading automotive giant Ford to acquire ride-sharing shuttle service Chariot.The app-based service is well suited to Ford’s mobility goals. It already uses Ford Transit Connect vans to shuttle people around the city and accelerates the company’s vision of a ride-sharing platform in major cities by 2021.See Also: Ford floors it for three startups from accelerator classChariot shuttles commuters from popular locations in San Francisco, and costs less than a taxi ride. Ford intends to expand Chariot’s service into “at least five additional markets in the next 18 months.”Shuttle service is nothing new, a lot of tourists use a similar service when visiting New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. The difference with Chariot is real-time route monitoring and instant access, allowing people to hop into the van midway through the route.Taking twelve commuters and stuffing them in a van is also a tactic Facebook, Google, and other Silicon Valley companies use to get their own staff to work on time. Unions in San Francisco have protested multiple times over shuttle service, due to long hours and low pay.Ford also loses two wheels with GoBikeFord also announced it is bringing GoBike, the company’s bike-sharing service, to the San Francisco Bay Area. It plans to have 7,000 bikes in SF by the end of 2018. Users will also be able to rent their bike on the FordPass platform, launching next year.A few months ago, Ford didn’t seem to have any major plans for ride-sharing or autonomous cars. Now, it has a firm date for its first autonomous vehicle launch, 2021. It also has said it will launch a ride-sharing platform in most major cities by that time, of which we assume Chariot and GoBike will be a part.It might not be close to Uber’s market penetration, but Ford has confirmed in the past month it is going to fight tooth and nail against the tech companies in the self-driving and ride-sharing business. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Bay Area#bike#Chariot#Ford#GoBike#Internet of Things#IoT#ride-sharing#San Francisco#shuttle 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more