This week South Africa returns to the global stage when we host the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, writes Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola. This follows our success at the World Economic Forum annual meeting Davos, Switzerland, a few weeks ago. Delegates at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba. (Image: Mining Indaba) Brand South Africa CEO Miller MatolaI am confident the message we conveyed to the world in Davos – that South Africa is open for business and remains a reliable and attractive investment destination – will be reinforced at the gathering of the captains of the mining industry.Mining Indaba will be followed by the annual State of the Nation address in the National Assembly in Cape Town on 12 February. This is one of the most important addresses of the year, as it accounts for the past 12 months and the guides us on priorities for the year ahead. It is an opportunity for President Jacob Zuma to take South Africans into his confidence about the state of the country.We can achieve our priorities and goals once we have the necessary economic growth and development. As a nation we need to achieve a set of goals: necessary and enabling legislation and policy, and the will and ability to implement these policies to ensure we achieve the desired outcomes. As a nation we must foster the desire to work together across all sectors because, at the end of the day, we all have a role to play in growing and building our country.Yes, we have challenges. But I remain unwavering in my belief that we– as a nation – have all the qualities necessary to drive our country’s growth and development. We were strangers to each other once, but we have given life to a resilient and agile homeland. We have the perseverance borne of a confidence and pride in our new democracy. I am confident that we will rise to the challenge to play our part and be the active citizens who will take our country to new heights.Join the conversation and follow Team South Africa at Mining Indaba on @Brand_SA via the hashtag #MiningIndaba. Follow the State of the Nation Address on #SONA2015Miller Matola is the CEO of Brand South Africa. Follow him on @MillerMatolaThis article was originally published in the 8 February edition of Sunday Independent.
Johannesburg, Wednesday 12 August 2015 – Brand South Africa recognises the critical role of youth in building our country’s global competitiveness. Brand South Africa urges the youth in South Africa to engage with and take ownership of the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) since this plan aims to reduce poverty and inequality by 2030. To ensure that young people can participate in building our country with the NDP as a foundation, the plan has a youth-centric focus.• Download press releaseIn a bid to address some of the issue that the youth grapple with, such as alcohol, Brand South Africa has partnered with Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) and The Young Free & Educated (YFE) Programme.ARA focuses its efforts on funding and implementing programmes aimed at advocating for responsible behaviour with regard to alcohol consumption. The programme is also aimed at educating young people about the challenges associated with the irresponsible consumption of alcohol including: drinking and driving, foetal alcohol syndrome, underage drinking. The YFE Programme is an ARA Programme which falls within the drinking and driving focus area. It is targeted at youth between the ages of 18 and 25, who are in institutions of higher learning.Objectives of the ARA programmeThe programme has six pillars; responsible alcohol use, road safety, personal financial management, academic excellence, national pride and patriotism as well as entrepreneurship. These pillars are informed by the thinking that in order to change drinking patterns, the culture must be addressed. Through this programme, the YFE and Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme would like to encourage young people to take responsibility for their development and the future they want.The programme aims to capitalise on South Africa’s love of sports and music by making use of personalities in those areas to share messages and encourage youth to be more responsible. Among the ambassadors of the programme is Jabu Mahlangu, a soccer legend who has been a victim of irresponsible alcohol use, and Oskido, a musical entertainer with a history of working with youth, encouraging them to live responsibly.YFE has a number of planned campus dialogues in which Brand South Africa will be participating. The dialogues are aimed at encouraging young South Africans to share their challenges and discuss solutions. Brand South Africa will address students and urge them to play their part to actively participate in building the country. The organisation aims to promote pride and patriotism and to highlight the significance of national symbols to youth in tertiary institutions.The dialogues are aimed at:• Providing a platform to exchange ideas on various issues that are crucial in encouraging national pride and patriotism• Giving an opportunity to share success stories with young successful South Africans and inspire youth• Change mind sets about the “victims of circumstances” mentality.The campus dialogues• Rhodes University Thursday 13 August 2015• University of ZululandThursday 27 August 2015• University of LimpopoThursday 18 February 2016• University of VendaThursday 25 February 2016• Tshwane University of TechnologyMarch 2016About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.
Indian shooting contingent’s dream in the ongoing Commonwealth Games continued as Vijay Kumar won India’s 17th gold medal setting a new record in 25 metres rapid fire pistol event at Karni Singh shooting range on Friday.Vijay was in supreme form as he blazed through qualification while setting a new Games record. In the finals also Vijay was unstoppable as he led throughout to finish at the top with a new Games record of 787.5 points.Earlier in the day, Gagan Narang teamed with Imran Hasan Khan to win his third gold in the 19th CWG. He won gold in the pairs 50-metre rifle.The Indian duo beat England’s James Huckle and Kenny Parr scoring a Games record 2325 in the finals. Huckle and Parr totalled 2308, same as bronze winners Jonathan Hammond and Neil Stirton of Scotland.Narang earlier won the men’s 10m air rifle pairs with Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, whom he beat a day after to claim his individual gold medal.
Virat Kohli was left to regret the loss of early wickets as India’s seven-match winning streak in T20 Internationals came to an end in Cardiff on Friday. England won the second match by five wickets to draw level in the three-match series – the decider will be played on Sunday.England won the toss and put India in to bat. After the highs of Manchester, the visitors fumbled and made a complete mess of their innings. Rohit Sharma was dismissed cheaply and Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul followed soon thereafter.Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina tried to steady the ship but once the latter was dismissed, India never looked like posting an above par total.2nd T20I: England end India’s 7-match winning streak, series levelIn fact, India had lost their top three before the powerplay was over and that set them back considerably. Raina was fluent during his short stay but Kohli, despite a couple of sweetly timed shots, could not produce the kind of masterclass he is known for.MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya scored some quick runs towards the end but India only finished with 148 off their 20 overs – despite some stutter, England got home comfortably.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDKohli lauded his bowlers for taking the game deep but conceded it was difficult to bounce back after the early blows.”It is always difficult to come back after losing three early wickets. England hit the right areas and made us play bad shots. We would’ve liked 10-15 runs more. We thought 149 would be competitive, especially since they had to win. But they eventually did win,” Kohli said after the match.advertisementMS Dhoni 3rd Indian after Tendulkar and Dravid to play 500 internationalsThe other siginifacnt factor in England’s victory was how they played India’s wrist-spinners. Kuldeep Yadav had snared five wickets in Manchester; in Bengaluru in 2017, Yuzvendra Chahal was their nemesis with a six-wicket haul. On Friday, Chahal conceded 1/28 off his off four overs while Kuldeep went wicketless in his four overs and gave away 34 runs.Kohli admitted England played his spinners far better.”They played Kuldeep really well today, and that was the difference in the middle overs this time. They did their homework and played Kuldeep really well. We need to get back day after. The format is cruel: Umesh was outstanding, but the final-ball boundary changed things. Those little things count. Gotta brush it aside, had a good game, but England were better than us.”India and England will play the decider in Bristol on Sunday.