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SA’s Top 50 Corporate Brands critical to the image of the country

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 15 September 2015 – Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa today announced the country’s top 50 corporate brands in Houghton, Johannesburg.• Download the reportIn the third annual study, Brand Africa Finance found that the Top 50 corporate brands in the country are valued at approximately R1.5 trillion with many of these companies also contributing to national priorities including uplifting identified and targeted communities.Woolworths and FNB emerged as the top performers for the 2014/15 year.Significantly, an analysis of the top 10 corporate brands is that nine of these operate in knowledge intensive sectors – in the telecommunications, banking and oil and gas sectors. This suggests that South Africa must begin to make the necessary investments in our human capital development to ensure that government, working with the corporate sector, develop skilled citizens in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to drive these sectors and move the country in its entirety towards a knowledge based economy. This will be critical to ensuring the successful implementation of the National Development Plan as well towards the sustainability of the South African economy.Speaking about the 2015 results, Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “While developing, strengthening and maintaining a nation’s brand is a multifaceted task, there are a range of factors which can assist in positioning the nation positively. These factors, if based on a solid foundation, can help the nation brand weather the storms posed by the global political and economic environment. One of these factors are national corporate entities.”“It is for this reason that Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa congratulates South Africa’s Top 50 brands. Your excellence in the corporate field contributes immensely to the strength and positive reputation of the South African nation brand. Your brands are sometimes the first point of contact between consumers and the South African nation, especially where corporate brands have an international footprint. Your product quality, customer service and ethical framework contribute to perceptions about our spirit of Ubuntu, our innovation, and the values that drive South Africa. South Africa’s corporate sector is therefore critical to enabling Brand South Africa to position the country as an attractive inward destination of choice.”This sentiment was echoed by the CEO of Brand Africa Finance Mr Thebe Ikalafeng who said, “Brands have therefore become more than just a logo or slogan. They are now seen as corporate assets which are amongst the most valuable that an organisation can have. By extension, national corporate brands also contribute to a nation’s assets in terms of the value they add to the country – both in terms of GDP as well as reputational impact. The brand managers and executives who oversee and manage these brands therefore play their part to contribute to corporate profitability and visibility and we at Brand South Africa and Brand Africa Finance salute you.”Follow the conversation on #Top50SABrandslast_img read more

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New HootSuite Features Offer More Insight About Your Customers

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… In a move certain to please small and medium business owners, social media management platform HootSuite announced today the addition of new features to help users learn more about their Twitter followers.Using the influence scoring algorithm developed by Klout, HootSuite allows users to sort their followers by who has the most influence on Twitter, enabling companies and brands to better prioritize their Twitter conversations. When viewing a list of followed users or replies on HootSuite, users can now filter them by their Klout Score – a zero to 100 ranking that estimates their degree of influence within Twitter based on a whole slew factors like number of active followers, links clicked and engagement with other users. A small slider on the right can be used to adjust the desired Klout Score, filtering out users as the score increases.The same users can also be filtered by keyword, which can be helpful for sifting through a large network to find the most helpful tweets and pinpoint potential customers. HootSuite has also added a new layer of information about each user, in addition to the standard Twitter bio that displays when their user name is clicked. A new tab labeled “Insight” shows the user’s age, gender, additional profile images and a list of other public social profiles for that user, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo, Amazon.com (including wish lists), eBay, StumbleUpon, Pandora and quite a few others. This offers businesses a deeper understanding of the people – all potential customers – in their social networks and makes all of the data available from one clean interface. These features were rolled out just as help desk platform ZenDesk announced its integration with Twitter, which can also be utilized from the HootSuite dashboard. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts john paul titlowcenter_img Tags:#biz#Reviews 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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Kejriwal puts weight behind SP-BSP alliance

first_imgHitting out at the Congress, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday threw his weight behind the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Mamata Banejree-led TMC in West Bengal, the DMK in Tamil Nadu, and said only these parties can defeat the BJP in their respective States in the Lok Sabha elections. Similarly, Mr. Kejriwal added that only the Aam Aadmi Party can defeat the BJP in Delhi. ‘Cong. can’t win’He asserted that he was ready to leave all seven Lok Sabha seats in the city for the Congress, but the grand old party cannot win elections. Addressing a gathering at an event here for the inauguration of development works in the Mustafabad area, he sought votes for AAP in the general election. “In West Bengal, only Mamata Banerjee-led TMC can defeat the BJP (in 2019 Lok Sabha polls), not the Congress. In Uttar Pradesh too, only Akhilesh Yadav-Mayawati alliance can defeat the BJP, but not the Congress. Similarly, only the DMK can defeat the BJP in Tamil Nadu…,” Mr. Kejriwal said. Last month, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati announced the alliance between the SP and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha. Ending months of speculation, AAP last month ruled out the possibility of any alliance with the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls, and added it would field candidates on all parliamentary constituencies in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. “If I would be sure that the Congress can defeat the BJP in Delhi, I would have given up all seven seats (Lok Sabha) for the Congress… the Congress cannot beat the BJP in Delhi. Only AAP can defeat the BJP in Delhi,” Mr. Kejriwal said. AAP chief alleged that if the BJP wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it would “ruin the country and change the Constitution”.last_img read more

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Indian immigration conundrum

first_imgA group of approximately 800 Indian-Americans gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House last weekend to march — wait for it — in favour of U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Apparently, there are some Indian-origin persons who do support Mr. Trump’s harsh rhetoric on securing America’s borders, not only through the southern border wall with Mexico, but also stricter enforcement of controls over legal migration.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img read more

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Affiliate Management Resource Initiative – Module Four

first_imgModule Four of the Affiliate Management Resource Initiative (AMRI) has been released. The Affiliate Management Resource Initiative is a new initiative created by Touch Football Australia (TFA). The program contains a wide range of resources to assist the affiliate to improve towards implementing ‘best practice’. The program is about improvement and provides an easy to use framework that will help to make continuous improvement a culture. The AMRI has been designed to assist local competitions, clubs and associations of all sizes and locations, evaluate and improve how they run their competitions. Templates and checklists help the affiliate to identify areas of strength and those requiring improvement. Affiliates move through the program at their own pace and the program enables them to pursue the areas that are of interest. The AMRI will comprise of 11 Modules, with each including a wide range of resources. Module Four of the AMRI features the following documents:– Touch Football Australia Membership Registration Procedure– Papers Contents Sheets– Team Registration Form– Participant Declaration Form– Introduction to Online Registrations and Payments– Online Registration Standard Text– Online Team Registration Recommended Fields– Online Individual Registration Recommended Fields– Membership and Participant Application and Declaration– Standard Work Instructions Template– TFA Online Registration and Payments: Reporting– Touch Football Australia SportingPulse websitesModules One, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight can be found in the ‘Affiliate Secure Login Section’ of the Clubhouse section of the TFA website, and can be located by clicking on the following link: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=297#c974 To gain access to the Secure Login Section, please click on the link below: https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v5/regoform.cgi?aID=17526&formID=16255 Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming AMRI modules. Related LinksAMRI Module Fourlast_img read more

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29 killed 18 injured in Yamuna Expressway accident

first_imgAgra: Twenty-nine people were killed and 18 injured after a Lucknow-Delhi state-run bus skidded off the Yamuna Expressway and fell into a large drain in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Monday, officials said. The accident occurred around 4:30 am in Etmadpur, around 200 km from the national capital, they said. The operation to pull out the mangled remains of the bus from the bottom of the 20-foot-high bridge took several hours, with two excavators and a crane being deployed for the salvage exercise. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu The injured have been admitted to different hospitals, including a private health facility, in the district, the officials said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has formed a committee to probe the reasons behind the accident and directed it to submit a report, Additional Chief Secretary Information, Awanish Awasthi, said. “As per the district magistrate (of Agra) 29 persons have died. The bus fell into a ‘nallah’ (drain),” he said The Uttar Pradesh Roadways will pay ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, the officials said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC “One sleeper coach passenger bus travelling from Lucknow to Delhi met with an accident on Yamuna Expressway (sic),” the Uttar Pradesh Police said on Twitter. The Janrath bus of the Uttar Pradesh Roadways’ Awadh Depot was going from Lucknow to the national capital’s Anand Vihar ISBT, the officials said. The 165-km six-lane expressway connects Noida with Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The chief minister expressed his condolences and has directed the Agra district magistrate and senior superintendent of police to ensure the injured get proper medical treatment, the officials said. He has asked his deputy Dinesh Sharma and Minister of State for Transport Swatantra Dev Singh to immediately visit the accident site. The committee, comprising the transport commissioner, divisional commissioner and an inspector general of police, will investigate the incident in 24 hours, the chief minister has directed. It will give a report on the cause of the accident and also suggest long-term measures to avoid such mishaps, Awasthi said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted that BJP state general secretary Pankaj Singh has gone to the spot. “I convey my condolences and pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. I have spoken to CM Yogi Adityanath about it. He has sent Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma and Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh to the spot,” he said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the death of the 29 passengers. “Saddened to hear about the tragic loss of lives because of another bus accident, this time near Agra. My heartfelt condolences to the grieving families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. Let us all follow #SafeDriveSaveLife” she tweeted.last_img read more

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CIL to spend 700 crore to buy 40 rakes for coal supply

first_imgKolkata: For the first time, Coal India Limited (CIL) has decided to procure rail wagons under General Purpose Wagon Investment Scheme at an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore to transport more coal to power plants. The CIL-owned rakes dedicated to transport coal will help us in pushing higher volumes of coal to the power sector, the mining major said in a statement on Thursday. “The Maharatna PSU’s board has given the green signal to procure 40 rakes at a total expenditure of nearly Rs 700 crore. One rake comprises 59 wagons. According to a rough estimate, one rake can move 1.4 million tonne of coal per annum,” the company said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, the power sector would have to wait for about two years before the CIL’s own rakes begin rolling to support their supply, officials indicated. “With the life of a wagon spanning 35 years, it would be an asset creation for the CIL,” the miner said. The CIL expects to realise its entire investment on the rakes within a decade as the internal rate of return is financially viable and attractive. Initially, the rakes would be used to ply in South East Central Railway (SECR) zone in Jharsuguda-Nagpur and Katni northwards and the entire stretch of South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) regions. The mismatch of SECR carrying capacity and CIL’s envisaged growth in coal production in the region was a major reason for the miner to decide on procuring own rakes, the officials said. Increase in rail transport of coal would offset the transportation of the fuel on road proportionately, they said adding that movement by rail is cheaper and less polluting.last_img read more

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Jesse Wente awarded firstever Reelworld Reel Activist award

first_imgFor its 17th edition, Toronto’s Reelworld Film Festival will introduce an award that salutes industry players committed to activating change on-screen and off.The first-ever Reelworld Reel Activist Award goes to Jesse Wente, an Ojibwe broadcaster and film programmer who is known for, well, keeping it real. A CBC Radio columnist who next month will step down from his post as the head of TIFF Cinematheque, Wente is an outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Métis and Inuit art.Reelworld, which runs Oct. 11 to 15 at various downtown venues, is dedicated to empowering underrepresented voices and showcasing films that inspire social change. Advertisement Wente will accept his award following the festival’s closing-night screening of Susan G. Enberg’s In Jesus Name. Full program information is available at reelworld.ca.SOURCE:  GLOBE AND MAIL Advertisement Jesse Wente – Nadya Kwandibens/Redworks Photography Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Education vital for achieving other antipoverty targets Ban stresses

25 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the key role of education for reaching the globally agreed set of eight targets for slashing poverty, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the key role of education for reaching the globally agreed set of eight targets for slashing poverty, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “We have ample evidence that education improves individual incomes, economic growth, child and maternal health, resistance to disease and environmental practices,” Mr. Ban told an event focusing on the goal of “education for all,” which the world’s governments agreed in 1999 in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to try to achieve by 2015.“With an education, people flourish. Without it, they remain trapped in poverty,” he said in a message delivered by Ann Veneman, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to the gathering of leaders from the private sector, academia, the faith community and governments.The Secretary-General to the “great” progress achieved so far in the area of education, noting that more children are in school than ever before and that more girls are getting the equal education that they deserve. “We have to build on this momentum based on the conviction that education can drive economic and social progress,” he stated.Mr. Ban stressed that one of the best investments that any country can make is to educate girls and women, “so they can earn more income, improve their family’s well being, and show their daughters, in turn, what is possible once you can read and write.”At the same time, he pointed to a need for a commitment to equity, noting that currently children from poor communities, rural areas and minority groups are almost always struggling to learn under worse conditions than others in society. “If we do not close this gap, we put a whole generation at risk, and we allow problems to fester,” said the Secretary-General. “But if we ensure that all children get the education they deserve, we put both individuals and countries on a sure footing toward a stable future.”The six “education for all” goals are to expand early childhood care and education; provide free and compulsory primary education for all; promote learning and life skills for young people and adults; increase adult literacy by 50 per cent; achieve gender parity by 2005 and gender equality by 2015; and improve the quality of education. read more

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Resources needed for aid delivery early recovery in Yemen – UN development

Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), voiced her concern about the humanitarian situation in the affected region, where some 250,000 civilians have been uprooted since clashes between Government forces and Al Houthi rebels erupted in 2004. Ms. Clark, who is also chairs the UN Development Group (UNDG), said her agency will work with all parties in support of recovery and development in northern Yemen.The country is one of the poorest in its region and also faces a periodic influx of refugees from across the seas in the Horn of Africa.Last December the UN and its partners, along with the Government, appealed for more than $177 million as part of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, to provide life-saving assistance to some 1.6 million people affected by the conflict as well as acute poverty, to bolster livelihoods and to contribute to the stability of the country throughout 2010. The ceasefire, welcomed by both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), came into effect on 11 February and is holding so far. 19 February 2010The top United Nations development official has called on the international community to provide urgently needed resources to respond to the humanitarian needs stemming from the conflict in northern Yemen and to enable early recovery to begin now that a ceasefire has been announced. read more

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