Inspiring New Ways: SA’s new slogan

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first_img8 March 2012 “South Africa: Inspiring new ways”, the new slogan for championing the country locally and internationally, has been approved by the Cabinet following extensive development and consultation by Brand South Africa. Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane made the announcement on Thursday following the Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday. Brand South Africa, the organisation charged with marketing South Africa at home and abroad, will drive the popularisation of the new slogan, Chabane told reporters in Pretoria.Capturing the essence of the country Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said the Cabinet’s approval represented “the culmination of many months of research into what thousands of ordinary South Africans believe captures the essence of our country. “As a country we continue to inspire both ourselves and the world with unique, new and better ways of overcoming our challenges,” Matola said in a statement on Thursday. “‘South Africa: Inspiring new ways’ is both a description of the best of our national character, our values and the fabric of our people. It is a challenge to all South Africans: to business, government and civil society to build on our reputation for inspiration and innovation.”New phase, new slogan South Africa’s previous pay-off line, “Alive with Possibility”, ran from 2003 through to the end of 2010 and Africa’s first Fifa World Cup, and reflected the country’s position as the most-developed African economy spearheading the emergence of the continent as the globe’s last great market. “The world saw the sense of the proposition,” Matola said, “and investors, businesses and tourists piled into the country – taking advantage of the possibilities. “Now, our country has moved to a different phase of its development.” SA was now an important regional power, Matola noted, with a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council and a member of the G20 and the BRICS group of nations. “South Africa has moved beyond possibility to delivery. Our delivery has necessitated a change in the brand positioning, to keep up with and lead the way that we are perceived by the world. It is for this reason that we have developed a new brand expression.”Championing SA at home and abroad Brand South Africa is best known locally for its Play Your Part active citizenship campaign, and its precursor, the hugely successful Football Fridays campaign that ran in the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Internationally, Brand South Africa lobbies and networks extensively among global opinion leaders to shift perceptions about the country and the continent. Most recently, the organisation teamed up with London’s Financial Times to host a roundtable discussion on the future of mining in Africa at last month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town. The month before that, Brand South Africa partnered with TIME Magazine in bringing global business and political leader together to discuss the role of Africa in the “Global Transformation” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The organisation also regularly brings groups of international journalists to the country to give them exposure to South African government and business, experience local life and culture, and learn about the country’s latest technological developments.SA climbs in the brand rankings Its efforts have not gone unrewarded. In the latest release of the prestigious Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brand Index, made in October, South Africa moved up one spot to 36th out of 50 countries measured, confirming the steady improvement in the country’s brand reputation. The index is based on an annual online survey conducted among respondents from 20 “panel” countries in which the 50 competing nations are ranked along six dimensions: tourism, culture, people, exports, governance, and investment/immigration. While expressing satisfaction with South Africa’s ranking, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola pointed out that different branding indices tended to come to different conclusions. What mattered most for a nation brand was its “key differentiators”. For Brand South Africa, this meant continuing to focus on positioning the country more as a business destination and an attractive emerging market on the African continent, Matola said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


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first_img30 April 2012Nelson Mandela turns 94 on 18 July. A new project aims to honour the great man, and help realise his long-held dream of a proper education for every South African child, by coming to the aid of 94 schools in dire need of new or radically upgraded infrastructure.The 94+ Schools Infrastructure Project was launched last week by the Department of Basic Education in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Brand South Africa.It will form part of Mandela Day, which is marked across the world on 18 July each year to inspire people to take action to change the world for the better and, in doing so, to build a global movement for good.Mobilising resources and supportThe project aims to mobilise resources and support from various sectors of society to tackle the huge infrastructure backlog facing schools that serve South Africa’s poorer children.“President Mandela forged invaluable partnerships with the private sector towards the building of schools, particularly in poor communities across South Africa – an initiative that the education sector can build on,” the department said in a statement last week.Interested organisations are invited to pledge their support for the project by e-mailing taylor.l@dbe.gov.za.“The 94 Schools Project originates in the former President’s strong view on the importance of education, and his world-acclaimed efforts to build an equitable system of education in South Africa,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said at the launch in Johannesburg.Progress, but still huge shortfallsSouth Africa has made considerable progress in improving school infrastructure over the last decade. Since 2000, according to the department, 1 206 schools and a further 38 664 classrooms have been built, while 5 214 schools have been equipped with running water and 2 847 schools given electricity.Massive shortfalls remain, however, with the department estimating that R66-billion is needed to bring all schools in the country to a level of optimal functionality.At the current rate of resource allocation, it will take the department 30 years to clear this backlog.‘Innovation, partnerships needed’Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, also speaking at the launch, said the project was a call to government, business and civil society to get involved in transforming education in the country.“We have to find new ways to build human capital in our country,” Matola said. “Our approach requires innovation and partnerships to deal with the challenges.”Basic education director-general Bobby Soobrayan said that with the project, the department aimed to create an environment that was conducive to quality teaching, learning and improved performance in the targeted schools.“Public-private partnerships are one of the most effective ways to meet infrastructure backlogs,” Soobrayan said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From planting decisions to monitoring crop performance throughout the growing season, farmers depend heavily on their agronomic support team to help maximize their success.The DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brands are proud to launch and support “National Agronomy Week”, an annual observance to promote appreciation for the invaluable support provided by agronomists, seed dealers and crop consultants. This season, Agronomy Week will be celebrated April 3-7 and will continue to be observed the first Monday through Friday of April in years to come.“Agronomic experts with various affiliations and expertise play an integral role in the success of our customers, and we want to bring added attention to the important work they do,” said Jesse Hamonic, DEKALB Asgrow Deltapine brand lead. “We’re very proud to help spotlight the expertise and service these ag professionals provide for American farmers, regardless of seed brand.”Hamonic indicated that spring is the perfect time to observe Agronomy Week, because that’s when agronomic support teams are focused on helping farmers kick off the planting season. Then, they continue that momentum with guidance all season long to help farmers finish strong at harvest.During Agronomy Week, farmers can give their agronomic team a “shout-out” at AgronomyWeek.com. All shout-out participants will automatically be entered into the Agronomy Week Giveaway Sweepstakes, with one farmer and three members of his agronomic support team winning a racing weekend grand prize. Farmers also can recognize their agronomic professionals and enter the contest via Facebook and Twitter using #AgronomyWeek and #contest.The DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine brands are giving their own shout-out to these integral members of the farming community via a digital video campaign featuring NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer. “Farming and racing have one important thing in common,” Hamonic noted. “Getting off to a fast start helps lead to a successful harvest or victory at the finish line.”The brands hope that Agronomy Week becomes a strong tradition within the ag industry, to highlight the importance of agronomic support and the role of these professionals on farms across the country.last_img read more


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first_imgThe spirit of cooperationIt’s really great stuff! And not only that, but they are sharing this freely with anyone and everyone through their website. They’ve put the Creative Commons license (that’s the CC on the images above) on all of it, so you’re free to use it pretty much how you choose as long as you follow their (light) restrictions:Hammer & Hand’s Best Practices Manual is covered by a Creative Commons license that allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as content is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to Hammer & Hand. If any piece is shared online, it is required to credit Hammer & Hand and include a link to the relevant source page.Sam Hagerman, a co-owner of Hammer & Hand, wrote: “We look forward to our role as participants in the economy of knowledge around all these concepts. Our efforts are offered in the spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and the greater good.”Thank you, Hammer & Hand, for helping us fight the devil in those details! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. When I was building a home in 2001, I came up against a gazillion little things that I needed guidance on. I’d never built anything larger than a bookcase, so new home construction was quite a big step.I bought books, scoured the web, and tried to get as much info out of Southface as I could, but I still couldn’t find everything I needed. As a result, I made mistakes because, as you know, the devil is in the details.Builders now have a lot more information available online. Of course, there’s Green Building Advisor. (You’re soaking in it!) If you’re a GBA Pro you get access to a great library of details and more. And it doesn’t take a lot of work for a researching builder to end up at the web site of Building Science Corporation. Lstiburek and company provide a great service to us all by making so much information freely available. Ibacos, another Building America Partner, has likewise put a lot of great info on the web, mostly through the Building America Solution Center.I just learned of a really nice addition to this online resource a couple of weeks ago. Hammer & Hand is a construction company in Portland and Seattle that focuses on high performance buildings, particularly Passive House. I’ve gotten to know several of them from the Passive House conferences I’ve attended over the past few years, and they’re a really impressive group. Zack Semke e-mailed me recently to tell me about their Best Practices Manual.center_img From conditioned crawl spaces to kick-out flashing…The diagram above is from the manual, and it’s from the chapter on one of my favorite topics: crawl spaces. This is their diagram for detailing an encapsulated crawl space in new construction. They also show how to encapsulate a crawl space in an existing home and how to keep the building enclosure at the floor above the crawl space — along with recommending when that’s OK.The manual doesn’t have everything you might look for — yet. They’re still working on it and will release more details as they are developed. The manual is also biased toward their climate. Their recommendation for ventilating an encapsulated crawl space is to put in an exhaust system and ideally to use an HRV. That might work in the Pacific Northwest, where the outdoor air is cool and dry, but it’s not ideal for humid climates. (Yes, I really did say the Northwest is cool and dry. It’s a psychrometrics thing.) If you want more on that topic, I’ve written up a more complete discussion of ways to deal with crawl space air.The chapters in the manual are:FlashingSealant Joints (from which Image #2 below is taken)Windows & DoorsRain ScreensWall PenetrationsRoofsBasementsCrawlspacesDeckslast_img read more



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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Veterans Alina Bicar and Rica Rivera have been reintegrated into the starting lineup in place of rookies Mafe Galanza and Janel Delerio.Bicar was stellar for UST in the Final Four against La Salle with 23 excellent sets while also being the one who remained at the service line.Rivera, who sat the bench for most of the season, got the starting job in the Final Four and was a defensive stalwart for the Golden Tigresses with 21 excellent digs and 21 successful receptions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Enter Ponggay Gaston who hasn’t been putting numbers up to par with her teammates as she averaged 8.7 points a game for a total of 122 the whole elimination round.Another player that needs to step up for Ateneo is Jules Samonte.Season 79’s Rookie of the Year has become an afterthought here in Season 81 averaging just 7.5 points in the eliminations.For Ateneo to truly dominate, it needs Samonte and Gaston to pick up the slack.DepthThe latter part of the season saw that UST isn’t just about Rondina and Laure for other players such as rookie Ysa Jimenez and KC Galdones eventually stepped up.Third-year blocker Caitlyn Viray also emerged as a viable option for the Golden Tigresses towards the Final Four.Jimenez averaged 7.0 points as the Golden Tigresses’ third offensive option from the wings while Galdones and Viray, both middle blockers, normed 8.5 and 7.5 points, respectively,Scoring, however, wasn’t the only area showed its depth. The league is set to award Rondina with the MVP, second best Outside Hitter, and Best Scorer plums while Laure will take home the Rookie of the Year and the first Best Outside Hitter.This duo has pushed to Golden Tigresses the whole season and won at least one game against all the other teams in the league except for one—the Lady Eagles.Ateneo was the only team in the league to sweep a season series with the Golden Tigresses and that was thanks to no small part to the troika of Maddie Madayag, Kat Tolentino, and Bea De Leon.The Lady Eagles averaged 18 kill blocks in the two matches against UST during the eliminations and that was Ateneo’s main asset against UST’s firepower.Madayag alone had 17 of the total 36 kill blocks Ateneo had against UST.Not to be outdone, Ateneo also has its players who won a couple of individual awards in Madayag and Tolentino who were named the second Best Middle Blocker and Best Opposite Hitter.X-factorKat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo doesn’t have the same high-octane offense that UST has but it has its fair share of offensive outputs from Tolentino and Madayag.Tolentino was the league’s fourth best scorer with 200 total points or 14.3 points per game while Madayag was the top-scoring middle blocker with 163 total or 11.6 points a game.Then again, Tolentino and Madayag shouldn’t carry Ateneo’s offense by themselves. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—The collegiate world’s most anticipated event of the summer is finally drawing to a close with University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo facing for the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball championship.ADVERTISEMENT This is the first time that the Lady Eagles and the Golden Tigresses are meeting in the finals in a showcase of two teams that on different ends of history.Ateneo rose to prominence in the late part of 2000s then winning the two straight titles in Seasons 76 and 77.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsUST, meanwhile, is considered as one of the premier programs in UAAP history, bagging its first three titles from Seasons 37 to 39 but reached a golden age in the late 80s when it won an unprecedented seven straight crowns.The Golden Tigresses, however, has hit a slump in the past decade with their last title coming in 2010. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew With both teams chasing history, it’s just fitting to look at what they could eventually do to get that coveted Season 81 trophy.The Golden Duo vs. the Triple TowerSisi Rondina, Eya Laure, Dimdim Pacres and Caityln Viray. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNo team in the league has seen a more potent offensive partnership than UST’s Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure.The two dominated the competition leading UST to the league’s second-best record at 10-4 while also reigning as the tournament’s top two scorers.Rondina amassed a total of 259 points to become the league’s top scorer while Laure had 230 points at second place and those offensive firepower got its first validation right before the start of the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Commissioner Adam Silver suggests knockout-style NBA tournament Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more