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Johannesburg, 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 #Top50SABrands
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nominations are now being accepted for the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).For the past 50 years, the Hall of Fame has been the state’s top honor for individuals who have improved the quality of life in Ohio through natural resources management, environmental education or scientific achievement.Selection criteria and a nomination form are available at ohiodnr.gov/HallOfFame. Online nomination forms must be submitted no later than Friday, Aug. 12. The online form may also be printed and mailed to ODNR Communications, 2045 Morse Road, Building D-3, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Printed forms must be received no later than Aug. 12.Created by ODNR in 1966, the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame has proudly honored 158 individuals to date, including John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed); explorer John Wesley Powell; conservationist and Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Louis Bromfield; pioneering botanist Lucy Braun; and farming conservation advocate Bob Evans.Award presentations will be made this fall with a date and location to be announced.
Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? LSU didn’t reach the NCAA Tournament in Simmons’ lone year in Baton Rouge before becoming the top pick by the Sixers last year, and Washington finished 9-22 this season with Fultz.Of course, that’s about where the connections between Fultz and Simmons end. They have different skillsets and personalities, but will likely be at the core of how Philadelphia tries to return to relevance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFultz is a natural talent on the court that moves with fluidity and ease, and his abilities and tendencies have been dissected heavily heading into Thursday’s draft. Off the court, he is exceedingly loyal to those that believe in him.He is also a fan of posting trick shots to social media. A lover of Chick-fil-A and his own homemade fried rice. His drive and humility comes from once being cut from the varsity of his high school team. MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Fultz was hyped as a possible No. 1 draft pick from the time he stepped on campus at Washington. Whether he was worthy of such a selection was debated endlessly because of the failures by the Huskies. They lost the final 13 games of the season, six of which Fultz was a spectator because of a knee injury. The head coach that first believed Fultz could be a star, Lorenzo Romar, was fired from his alma mater.“It was very tough. Nobody went in thinking we were going to lose that many games,” Fultz said recently after a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers. “But I think I built relationships and we learned more than you could ever learn losing that many games. How to fight through adversity, sticking together, sticking with each other through everything off the court, on the court. I think that was pretty big.”Despite the losing, there have been very few questions raised about Fultz’s capabilities as a pro. He’s been hounded with comparisons to fellow point guard Lonzo Ball — and the success Ball had with UCLA in his one college season. But it’s not just Ball that Fultz will forever be compared to. It’s De’Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith and the rest of the talented point guards in the class.“I respect all of them. They all got different types of games,” Fultz said. “I believe I fill in every box on both ends of the floor. I think that’s what the difference is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Amar’e Stoudemire considering NBA comeback Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “When I’m on the court, I feel at peace really,” Fultz said in an interview last October with the Associated Press. “It feels like my home. I’m always thinking of something creative to do like trick shots or something like that. It’s just something about the basketball court that touches me, it makes me feel like nothing is wrong on the court.”Kelsey Plum, the former Huskies guard and NCAA all-time scoring leader in women’s basketball, became buds with Fultz during the one season they were both at Washington. She says Fultz has remained grounded despite the circus atmosphere.One of her most vivid memories: A Friday night that Fultz joined Plum for dinner after her game even though he already had eaten.“He came and sat with me while I ate at a restaurant. I don’t know any number one pick that would do that on a Friday night. God knows what you could be doing in college on a Friday night,” Plum said. “That’s just the type of guy he is. I’ve always respected that about him. He really has never changed who he is.“For someone that is such a superstar, he stood out to me because he was so humble and under the radar,” she continued. “That’s kind of an oxymoron, but I mean he is so not into himself.”ADVERTISEMENT In this file photo, Washington guard Markelle Fultz (20) is shown during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona, in Tucson, Ariz. Fultz is the likely No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. APIn the often unpredictable world of the NBA, there is some symmetry in Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons likely becoming teammates as pros.Barring an unforeseen change, Fultz will be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, joining Simmons with the Philadelphia 76ers in an attempt to invigorate a once proud franchise. Two stars worthy of the top pick in consecutive years, neither of which was able to lead their college programs to team success in their one season on campus.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View comments
Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta expressed confidence that the Philippine Premier League will finally push through late this month after the opening was moved due to several clubs’ inability to comply with the PFF’s club licensing regulations.Speaking to reporters prior to a thanksgiving dinner celebrating his reelection to the powerful Fifa council, Araneta said Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force have already appealed their case to be granted a license in time for the league’s opening on April 27.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The PPL, formerly known as the Philippines Football League, was slated to kick off March 31, but organizers were compelled to move the opening to give Mendiola FC and Air Force more time to submit the necessary documents to gain a club license.Araneta said that the league has already made adjustments to its operations to save on costs, unlike the PFL which adopted a costly home-and-away format.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, logistics PSC hikes national athletes’ allowances Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting