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Recounting the year past

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first_imgMr Kingsley Makhubela : CEO of Brand South AfricaThe South African nation brand’s dynamism and resilience has withstood a challenging year and has remained strong.This is attested by South Africa’s performance in the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Competitiveness Index which placed the country within the top 50 most competitive nations in the world and the second most competitive on the continent.To summarise, South Africa’s biggest improvements come in the areas of: health and primary education (up 6 places), labour market efficiency (up 6 places), technological readiness (up 16 places), and innovation (up 5 places).  South Africa has also improved in the areas of: macro-economic environment (up 4 places), higher education and training (up 3 places), and business sophistication (up 2 places) while dropping in the area of infrastructure (down 8 places), institutions (down 2 places), goods market efficiency (down 6 places), financial market development (down 5 places) and market size (down 4 places).The Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance saw South Africa holding steady at number 4 of 54 countries on the continent.  This Index looks at the performance of African countries in the areas of: safety and rule of Law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.  South Africa’s performance in each of these areas earns it the position of 7 in terms of safety and rule of law (up from position 8 in 2014), 4 in terms of participation and human rights, 2 in terms of sustainable economic opportunity and 6 in terms of human development, in Africa.The Brand Finance list of the 100 most valuable nation brands was also released in October this year.  According to this list, South Africa is the 37th most valuable nation brand in the world with a nett nation brand value of US$ 225 billion.  Brand Finance measures the strength and value of the nation brands of 100 leading countries using a method based on the royalty relief mechanism employed to value the world’s largest companies.  The study measures a nation brand across the following pillars: goods & services, investment and society. These are divided into sub-pillars: tourism, market, governance and people & skills.What do these numbers tell us about South Africa as a nation brand?These figures tell us that South Africa is a visible nation brand amongst the global community of nations.  This is something that all South Africans can be proud of since we remain a relatively young democracy.Our performance in these indices equally tell us that work needs to be done to ensure that we address the challenges that impact negatively on the nation brand and our global competitiveness.  This includes, amongst others, areas of education, healthcare, policy cohesion.  However, we can again feel confident that the National Development Plan has also highlighted similar areas and work is underway to decisively deal with these challenges.  Addressing these challenges systemically will see South Africa increase its global competitiveness.The numbers equally tell us that South Africa’s dynamism, energy, industriousness and personality encapsulated by the national pay-off line, Inspiring New Ways – continues to contribute to our nation brand equity.Domestic and international challenges aside, South Africa has all the ingredients to move ahead as a globally competitive nation.  This will however require the concerted effort of each citizen in our country since ultimately, the nation brand reflects each of us.The South African people are at the heart of this democracy. It is the people of this country who make our country great and it is the people of our country who show the world who South Africa is.  Brand South Africa thanks you for playing your part and carrying the South African brand with pride.Follow Mr Makhubela on @klmmakhubela  Mr Kingsley Makhubela Brand South Africa: CEOlast_img read more

State of the Nation: all eyes on President Zuma

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first_img17 June 2014President Jacob Zuma is expected to outline the government’s programme of action for the next five years when he delivers the first State of the Nation address of the new administration in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday evening.The address, starting at 7pm, will be broadcast live on national radio and television, including 60 community radio stations, and streamed live on Parliament’s website www.parliament.gov.za – with the public invited to join the conversation on Twitter using @ParliamentofRSA and #SONA2014.In addition, the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) will be hosting 50 live viewing events across the country to ensure that all South Africans can follow the address.Members of the public can expect a number of activities in the build-up to the main event, including information sessions and career exhibitions, at viewing sites in the following local municipalities:Sakhisizwe at CalaElundini at Mt FletcherMhlontlo at Tsilitwa ThusongMatatiele at Mt Hagrieves Senior Secondary SchoolGreat Kei at a venue to be confirmedKing Williams Town at Bulembu VillageBlue Crane at PearstonGreenbushes at Kuyga Community HallDihlabeng at Paul Roux CRD Site HallLejweleputswa at Boshof High SchoolMaluti a Phofung at Makgolokweng tribal AuthorityLetsemeng at JacobsdalEkurhuleni at Palm ridge ext. 22Ekurhuleni at Tokyo Section Telkom-line Ivory ParkEkurhuleni at Palm RidgeAlexandra at Alex FMEmfuleni at North west university (Sebokeng Campus)Durban at Durban City HallMsunduzi at SOS VillageEndumeni at Sibongile Community HallNewcastle at Majuba FETuMhlathuze at uNgoyeNdwedwe at Our Lady of the Rosary High SchoolUmzumbe at MThwalume SchoolUlundi at Ulundi FET collegePolokwane at Polokwane correctional centreModimolle at Modimolle PrisonMakhuduthamaga at Maila Mapitsane community hallGreater Tzaneen at Letaba EstateThulamela at Matashe prisonMbombela at Nelspruit Correctional CentreSteve Tshwete at Nursing School/CollegeMkhondo at Ezakheni Boarding SchoolEmthanjeni at De AarKai Garib at KenhardtHantam at NieuwoudtvilleKgatelopele at Children’s homeThembelihle at Hope Town PrisonTswaing at Atamelang Community HallTlokwe at Tlokwe PrisonNaledi at Setumo Primary School (Stella Village)Moretele at Lebotlwane Community HallCape Town at Salt River Community CentreCape Town at Atlantis Community HallCape Town at Badeli Community Hall, MfuleniCederberg at Lamberts Bay Community HallBreede Valley at Unobuntu TSCOudtshoorn at Oudtshoorn Thusong Service CentreLeeu Gamka at Community HallSwellendam at Swellengrebel HotelSource: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

AEK Returns to Champions League after 12 Years Away

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first_imgAMSTERDAM (AP) — Four-time European champion Ajax qualified for the Champions League group stage on Tuesday for the first time in four years, while AEK Athens and Young Boys Bern ended even longer absences.AEK Athens beat Hungarian team Vidi 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw Tuesday, but there was a tense finish when AEK midfielder Helder Lopes was red-carded in the 80th minute. AEK was last in the Champions League group stage 12 years ago.The losing teams will play in the Europa League group stage.Ajax went to Dynamo Kiev with a 3-1 lead and that was the final aggregate result after the Dutch team was held to a 0-0 draw despite dominating.Dusan Tadic hit the post from the penalty spot and Hakim Ziyech curled a free kick onto the crossbar as Ajax failed to score despite recording 15 attempts on goal to Dynamo’s two. Tensions were high after Dynamo fans clashed with Ajax supporters outside a bar in Kiev’s city center ahead of the game.Young Boys’ Moumi Ngamaleu, center, duels for the ball with Dinamo Zagreb’s Amer Gojak, right, during the Champions League qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Dinamo Zagreb and Young Boys in Zagreb, Croatia, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (AP Photo)Young Boys fans have waited 32 years since their team last played in Europe’s top competition. The Swiss team had lost in Champions League qualifying for the last three years but on Tuesday it beat Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 in the second leg for a 3-2 win on aggregate.Veteran striker Guillaume Hoarau scored twice in three minutes with a penalty and a header to overturn Zagreb’s early lead.In Wednesday’s Champions League qualifiers, PAOK of Greece hosts Benfica with that fixture tied at 1-1, while PSV Eindhoven attempts to hold onto a 3-2 lead over BATE Borisov and Salzburg faces Red Star Belgrade following a goalless first leg.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Metallica Give Back With 1 Million Toward Major Workforce Education Initiative

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first_img Facebook Metallica’s Mission For Workforce Education metallica-give-back-1-million-toward-major-workforce-education-initiative Twitter News The titans of metal show their softer side by launching a generous community college grant program through their All Within My Hands FoundationNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 11, 2018 – 1:37 pm Not all heroes wear capes. In fact, some wear all black. Enter Metallica, by now known as much for their massive stadium-filling riffs as their enlarged hearts. The GRAMMY-winning quartet’s All Within My Hands Foundation has announced a new workforce training intuitive that will spread $1 million across ten community colleges to support more than 1,000 students, who will be known as the first-ever Metallica Scholars.According to a statement from the band, the funds will go to career and technical community college programs that “provide skills and services to students who are looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning program.”Each of the 10 community colleges chosen will receive $100,000 in support. For the selection process, the band partnered with the American Association Of Community Colleges to conduct a competitive application process.“The All Within My Hands Foundation and Metallica are proud to announce this major new initiative,” said Dr. Edward Frank, executive director of AWMH. “The goal of our Metallica Scholars Initiative is to improve career opportunities for community college students in the trades… so that they have the skills and training necessary to find meaningful and well-paying jobs in their communities.” Metallica Give Back With $1 Million Toward Major Workforce Education Initiative Email https://twitter.com/Metallica/status/1072221500902526976 Metallica drummer and co-founder Lars Ulrich added, “All of us in the band feel fortunate that music has provided us the opportunity to be successful doing something we are passionate about. We want to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they can do the same.”For more information on All Within My Hands, including a full list of the community colleges selected, visit the organization’s website.From Punk Rocker To Motivational Speaker: The Surprising Evolution Of AngstRead morelast_img read more

Sky is the limit

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first_imgAll the adventure freaks have a chance to rejoice and cheer as Global Himalayan Expedition announces its second edition. The journey  from Delhi to Leh starts from 10 August.The 11 days expedition will be covered entirely on an electric powered vehicle (EV). The travel will include all kinds of action like setting-up a micro-grid in a Himalayan village, trekking, cycling and rafting in the mountains, to camping in some of the most picturesque locations in the world.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The journey will be led by Robert Swan, UN Goodwill Ambassador and the first man to have walked to both the poles on earth. The electric vehicle will cover about 1300 kilometers between Delhi and Ladakh passing through Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Throughout the journey, the expedition team members, will reach out to people and raise awareness about clean energy, electric vehicle and its benefits. This awareness walk to the team will be a precursor to the Expedition, which would kick-off on the day when the electric vehicle reaches Leh. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSwan said, ‘This year the team wishes to further promote the idea of use of clean energy. We decided to undertake this journey as a display of how clean energy is an effective alternative to traditional fossil fuel based transportation systems. The team aims to show that if an electric vehicle can take on this challenge, then it can very well work anywhere. Once in Leh, the vehicle will be used to transport to help the students and people from the other parts of the city to reach the E-Base, built by the team during last year’s expedition, and work at the facility.’ In addition to the clean Himalayan journey, it will also focus on providing energy access to remote Himalayan regions. The team will also join forces with Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency for identification of villages across remote parts of Ladakh, where it will set up DC Solar Microgrids to provide basic lighting and charging facilities to the community. The region is suitable for yearlong solar energy generation, and can be used to refuel these EVs.last_img read more

Indians more comfortable socialising online

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first_imgOwing by the surge in social media usage among Indians, one-third of the country’s below-35 people feel more comfortable socialising online than in real life, a new survey has revealed. The survey conducted by Kissanpur reveals that 65 per cent respondents in Bengaluru said they are more comfortable with virtual socialising, followed by 33 per cent respondents from Mumbai reiterating the same. As many as 70 per cent of the respondents in Bengaluru and 43 per cent in Mumbai say they get to know about the lives of their friends and relatives mainly online. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When it comes to children, 53 per cent Indians believe that their wards need coaxing or take very long to make new friends. This trend is largely seen in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Lucknow. Furthermore, 38 per cent Indians are either just acquaintances with their neighbour or they do not even know their neighbours at all. This number is significantly higher in Bengaluru with 68 per cent agreeing with this observation, followed by Delhi and Lucknow. They are mere strangers who share a courtesy smile or meet casually in the elevator. Some don’t even know their neighbour’s names.last_img read more