South Africa’s BRIC membership to boost country

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma addresses businessleaders during his state visit to China in August 2010(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mahlatsi MmineleDepartment of Foreign Affairs media liaison+27 12 351 0279 or +27 82 889 9432 RELATED ARTICLES • SA possible new BRIC member • SA-China trade ties to strengthen • India-South Africa trade booming • SA, Russia sign uranium deal• South Africa-Brazil cement tiesSource: BUANewsSouth Africa’s invitation by BRIC (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India and China) to join the bloc as a full member will propel the country to new heights.“It can expect to boost investment and trade opportunities for the country, as it has done for the other four states comprising the informal grouping,” said the International Marketing Council of South Africa’s CEO, Miller Matola.BRIC will account for 61% of global growth in three years’ time, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“The fact that South Africa has the opportunity to be affiliated to this group of powerful emerging economies underlines two main points. The country is recognised as a developing economy of significance in its own right, but also that it is the gateway to the continent of Africa – the next growth superstar,” said Matola.Matola expressed his belief that this is a good step for South Africa, not only economically but also politically. He said a new world order is unfolding where economic clout – and therefore political power – is shifting from West to East, with the BRIC countries as the visible face of this movement.South Africa, along with other emerging economies, has long been punting for a greater role in international organisations like the IMF and the World Bank.Enhancing South Africa’s influenceMatola added that the invitation to join BRIC, combined with South Africa’s renewed membership of the UN Security Council, will enhance the country’s influence in this regard too.He predicted important opportunities opening up on the investment and trade front, with private companies possibly finding it easier to gain a foothold into BRIC markets. Partnerships with BRIC-based companies may also bloom.“This might become particularly important as South Africa is already the biggest emerging economy investor in the continent and its companies are active in at least half of all African countries,” Matola said.Joining BRIC – soon to be BRICS – will also mean that South Africa must use these new opportunities to increase its competitive edge.Last year, the country’s ranking in the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum dropped, but its performance has in fact remained stable. Rather, the decline reflects improvements from other countries and their ability to spur growth.“South Africa will play in a different league and as such, will have to improve its delivery and performance,” said Matola.“To draw South Africa into this powerful club underlines the country’s growing international role and its future significance for those who want to make use of the expanding African opportunities.“It is, in fact, an association that does not only benefit the group, but the emerging world as a whole and Africa, in particular,” he said.It is expected that South Africa will be accepted formally as a new BRIC member at these emerging powers’ next summit in April.+27 12 351 0279 or +27 82 889 9432Read more: /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1921:bric-230810&catid=45:economynews&Itemid=114#ixzz1BYvpAL57last_img read more

South Africa welcomes Iran nuclear deal

first_img27 November 2013 South Africa has welcomed the agreement on a temporary curtailment of Iran’s nuclear programme that was reached with world leaders in Geneva, Switzerland on the weekend. According to the six-month agreement with the US, China, Russia, the UK, France and Germany, Iran will curb some of its nuclear activities and in return will receive US$7-billion in sanctions relief. Iran has agreed to halt its nuclear activities by 20% and gave UN inspectors access to its facilities. It is the most significant agreement between Tehran and international negotiators in more than three decades of estrangement. “South Africa believes that this agreement demonstrates the scope of creative solutions that are possible when the choice is made to follow a constructive and pragmatic approach based on negotiations and dialogue,” the Department of International relations and Cooperation said on Tuesday. Spokesperson Clayson Moneyla said this was a period of confidence-building, which was a prelude to the ultimate goal of a mutually agreed, long-term comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. He said this would enable Iran to fully enjoy its inalienable right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in line with the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. “We note with appreciation that the framework for cooperation is aimed at improving cooperation between the two parties concerned and that the government of Iran has committed to resolving all past and present outstanding issues.” In South Africa’s view, Monyela said, the International Atomic Energy Agency remained the only internationally recognised competent authority responsible for verifying and assuring compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. “The objective of the international community should therefore remain to ensure that the agency is able to undertake its verification activities in Iran.” South Africa was confident that the successful implementation of both the joint plan of action and the framework for cooperation would contribute the necessary confidence between the respective parties to pave the way towards sustainable solutions in line with the provisions of the non-proliferation treaty, Monyela said. This would allow Iran to take its rightful place in the international fold and play its historic role in ensuring stability in its region. Source: read more

Achieving socio-economic transformation and development by connecting online and taking action offline

first_imgThe online social networking platform forgood is now a Play Your Part ambassador.Brand South Africa and forgood call on you to register on and play your part in improving the lives of disadvantaged learners and schools in underdeveloped communities by contributing essential resources to causes in your area. (Image: Brand South Africa)Phindi MadunaBrand South Africa welcomes aboard online social networking platform – forgood, as a Play Your Part ambassador.This contemporary platform inspires active citizenship by connecting individuals and organisations, in the private and public sector, with the means to make positive differences in the lives of fellow citizens and organisations who need a helping hand. At the heart of forgood’s efforts is the creation of meaningful and impactful connections between socially responsible people and causes.“There are some fantastic organisations doing amazing things across the country; we’re the central hub that connects individuals and corporates with those Causes.” says forgood’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Hadfield. “Essentially we’re connecting the dots and making it easier for Causes who are constantly in need and individuals or groups who want to do good but have no idea where to start.” continues Hadfield.According to forgood, more than 12 000 social impact connections have been facilitated by the platform to date.Brand South Africa and forgood share the view that citizens can change their communities and the world for good by contributing some of their resources – be it time, money, skills or goods.“Brand South Africa believes that active citizenship is an important building block of the Nation Brand because it contributes towards the strengthening and development of the country and its competitiveness. That is why Brand South Africa promotes active citizenship through collaborations with socially responsible stakeholders like forgood,” says Brand South Africa’s General Manager: Marketing, Sithembile Ntombela.Register for free as a benefactor or a possible beneficiary on Once registered, benefactors and beneficiaries can interact and start conversations on how to form mutually beneficial relationships.Benefactors can explore the database of verified causes, and begin to volunteer their time, skills, money or goods or give back on their own terms by creating a customised offer to causes in a chosen area.In addition, beneficiaries can share their needs, receive and respond to offers that interest them. Indeed, socio-economic transformation and development can be achieved by connecting online and taking action offline.With 2018 around the corner, many learners are looking forward to the new school year and schools are preparing for the year ahead. Brand South Africa and forgood call on you to register on and play your part in improving the lives of disadvantaged learners and schools in underdeveloped communities by contributing essential resources to causes in your area.For more information on the Back to School and other campaigns:Visit forgood at can also email them on [email protected] or if you prefer the phone, call +27 11 325 2594.Follow the conversation on Facebook – forgoodSA and Twitter – @forgoodSA.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Announcing the April 2013 Geocacher of the Month

first_imgMulderNScully – April 2013 Geocacher of the MonthThe April Featured Geocacher of the Month nominees contribute to their local geocaching communities and inspire geocachers around the world. They not only hide quality geocaches, but make sure those searching can contact them to make the find, if necessary.Thank you to all those who supported the nominees. Those not chosen as the Featured Geocacher of the Month will receive a gift of appreciation from Geocaching HQ.The Featured Geocacher of the Month is named by Geocaching HQ after reviewing community input and blog comments. We all won seeing such great examples of how the geocaching community works together. After tallying the sentiment, MulderNScully have been named the Featured Geocachers of the Month for April 2013.MulderNScully have been geocaching since 2008. They’re known for challenging geocachers with inventive Puzzle Geocaches. They support their local geocaching community by organizing events. One geocacher who commented about MulderNScully wrote, “My vote is for Mulder and Scully. They have been mentors to many new cachers and are always willing to give a helping hand to a fellow cacher and some of my most memorable caching adventures are because of them. They aren’t about the numbers, they are about the places geocaching takes us to.”MulderNScully will receive collector’s edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoins, along with Featured Geocacher of the Month hats and a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of See a list of all the Featured Geocachers of the Month here.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to [email protected] Every nomination must follow these requirements. Please include:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for Featured Geocacher of the Month are accepted at any time.Congratulations again to MulderNScully for being recognized as the Featured Geocacher of the Month for April.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocacher of the Month Nominees for May 2013 – Add Your CommentsJune 1, 2013In “Community”Geocacher of Month Nominees for April 2013 – Add Your CommentsApril 25, 2013In “Community”Announcing the May 2013 Geocacher of the MonthJune 18, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Major Publisher Investment Advances Inkling as the Future of Digital Textbooks

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Digital textbooks are at a tipping point, a recent study suggested, on a trajectory to overtake print textbooks in the coming decade. Even though they are a small part of the market now – just 3% – digital textbooks are on track to surpass 25% by 2015. No matter where you set the target date for that tipping point, digital textbooks certainly just received a strong shove in that direction with a major investment announcement from the iPad textbook maker Inkling. The startup has raised an undisclosed round of funding, with participation from some of its initial investors including Sequoia Capital. More significantly, this financing involves significant minority investments from the two biggest educational content companies in the world, McGraw-Hill and Pearson.More Books, Cheaper and Digital These publishers investments also include a substantial content commitment, significantly boosting the textbooks available on Inkling’s platform. Students will now have access to the top 100 undergraduate titles from McGraw-Hill, a full MBA curriculum from Pearson, a full medical education curriculum, and more. Having a more robust catalog helps Inkling meet the needs of more student book-buyers, and makes the company another viable alternative to the expensive and cumbersome print books found at the local campus bookstore. Of course, students have a number of alternatives for books already – print or digital – including a variety of used book and book rental websites. The latter all offer cheaper alternatives to new print textbooks. So does Inkling, and goes one step further by giving students the option to buy books by the chapter, not just in their entirety.Textbook as App: Beyond Simply Digitizing the TextBut Inkling founder and CEO Matt MacInnis says that price isn’t the only factor that will win over student consumers. Instead, he believes that Inkling can offer a superior learning experience over other textbook formats. And no doubt, Inkling has re-imagined how a textbook should work and done so with the iPad (ok, tablet… but really, iPad) experience in mind.Textbooks on Inkling’s platform aren’t simply the print versions converted to the tablet screen. “We have gently disassembled the textbook,” says MacInnis. Content isn’t bound by pages or sections or chapters in the same linear fashion. Rather, it’s hierarchical, richly illustrated and augmented. It’s interactive. It’s social. “We have gently disassembled the textbook” – Matt MacInnis, Inkling founder and CEO.“The iPad is not a book,” says MacInnis. “Too many publishers pretend it’s a book.” And while, yes, Inkling does offer well-known college textbook titles – reassembled, if you will, from the print versions – it’s pretty clear that a textbook on the Inkling platform isn’t really “a book,” or not at least not with the constraints of the physical printed form.Now, I love books in their physical printed form, don’t get me wrong. And geek that I am, the thought of books becoming apps makes me shudder. But when it comes to textbooks, quite frankly, I can’t really muster much of a defense for their print-bound integrity. The Future of (E)Books – An Engineering, Not a Publishing Problem?Interestingly, Inkling hasn’t approached the textbook with any sort of reverence or commitment to that print-bound form. Bringing textbooks to the Inkling platform is an “engineering problem,” according to MacInnis, not a publishing problem. And that’s likely why the platform takes a very different approach to the textbook that simply uploading an electronic version of the text.It may be an engineering problem that MacInnis says his company is working on here, but the investment today from Pearson and McGraw-Hill sure makes it look like those educational content providers think Inkling’s on to something that will address the publishing problem too. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Yee, Khobuntin pick up slack for Picanto

first_imgMOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESThe early ouster of Eric Camson was supposedly a huge blow to Kia.But Camson’s ejection in the second quarter was hardly felt after Glen Khobuntin and Mark Yee stepped up in his absence.ADVERTISEMENT Yee picked up the slack in the third quarter, where he scored nine of his 13 points while Khobuntin came up clutch with eight fourth quarter points to finish with 11.“I knew he would [deliver]. I knew he would,” Kia coach Ricky Dandan said of Khobuntin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were just working on some combinations on the floor, we were trying because we are undermanned, we have no more bigs left we lost Eric and Prince (Caperal) was in foul trouble, we were rotating people. But after halftime, I talked to him and said be ready, you’ll start in the third quarter.”Khobuntin made his presence felt in the third period but he saved his best for last, hitting back-to-back baskets inside the last two minutes and 28 seconds that put the Picanto ahead, 96-89, with only 1:52 remaining. LATEST STORIES He also sealed the game with a breakaway layup after Yee won a crucial jump ball against Gabe Norwood in the final seconds.The former National University star refused to take all the credit for his impressive showing, pointing out that his other teammates had significant contributions as well.“It wasn’t just me. All of us played well,” Khobuntin said in Filipino. “I just had an opportunity and it just so happened that the play was designed for me to get the ball.”“I’m just thankful that coach trusted me.”ADVERTISEMENT Over the hump Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 Citycenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Perth Test: Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja fight with each other on the field

first_imgSeems, all is not well in the Indian camp. On the fourth day of the recently-concluded second Test against Australia in Perth, two senior players from the visiting team – Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja were seen having a heated discussion on the field.The official broadcasters of the ongoing four-Test series Down Under did not miss the opportunity to play the clip of the animated exchanges during the fifth and final day’s play at the Perth Stadium.There is no clear explanation as to what led to the rift between Ishant and Jadeja but it seems the former was not happy with the latter’s fielding position. Notably, Jadeja, who was benched after being named in the 13-man squad, was on the field as a substitute fielder.Ishant and Jadeja can be seen pointing fingers at each other during a brief break in between overs. As the discussion gets heated up, the two come face-to-face along the wicket at the venue before being separated by teammates Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav.Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, while commentating for Channel 7, pointed out that things got a bit heated up between Ishant and Jadeja.”Who knows what they’re talking about, it does seem very animated, there’s lots of finger pointing. Things have obviously got a little bit heated between these two,” Ponting said.Ishant Sharma & Ravindra Jadeja were caught fighting & abusing on field yesterday. They were seen pointing fingers at each other in an animated argument. They were separated by Kuldeep & Shami. What’s going on in Indian dressing room? #AUSvIND Agarwal (@abhishek2526) December 18, 2018Meanwhile, Australia knocked over the last five Indian batsmen for a mere 28 runs to win the second Test level the four-match series 1-1 on Tuesday.Resuming on their overnight score of 112 for 5, India were banking on Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant, their last recognised pair, to pull off a miracle on a difficult pitch at the Optus stadium on the final day.But the Indian lower middle-order and the tail-enders were no match for the Aussie bowlers as the visitors got bowled out for 140 in just over an hour in the first session.Vihari was the first wicket to fall on the final day when he got an inside-edge on his thigh pad off a quick delivery from Starc and the ball carried all the way to Marcus Harris at mid-wicket.Pant followed soon as he got sent back by Nathan Lyon once again in this series for 30. Starc and Pat Cummins then finished off the tail-enders, getting rid of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in successive overs to trigger the celebrations in the Australian camp.Off-spinner Lyon and fast bowler Starc finished as the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets each while Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins got 2 each.The win was Australia’s first since the unfortunate ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test in March this year and Tim Paine’s first as since he succeeded Steve Smith, who is serving a one-year ban for his involvement in the unfortunate incident against South Africa.Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: When and where to watch IPL 2019 Auction LiveAlso Read | Tim Paine relieved after registering first Test win as Australia captainlast_img read more

‘Jamaica Moves’ to be Introduced in High Schools

The ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme will be introduced in high schools this fiscal year as the Government ramps up its initiative to encourage Jamaicans to lead healthier lifestyles. This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5). The ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme will be introduced in high schools this fiscal year as the Government ramps up its initiative to encourage Jamaicans to lead healthier lifestyles.This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5).Dr. Tufton noted that the programme will be introduced in the high-school system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to expand its reach.This introduction is to be guided by a nutrition policy, a physical activity regime, as well as public education on health and wellness programmes.In addition, the Government also intends to develop a health and wellness programme for the workplace.“This will involve going into the workplaces, speaking to employers and helping them to develop health and wellness programmes within their entities,” he said.In the meantime, the Health Minister said other initiatives that were started under the programme over the last year will be continued.This includes parish and community tours around health centres, in conjunction with community-based organisations.Dr. Tufton informed that under the Jamaica Moves programme last year, more than 5,000 Jamaicans got health checks through parish tours, more than 4,000 persons participated in workout sessions, and 800,000 were reached through mainstream and social media with health and wellness messages.Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, sickle cell, mental health disorders and chronic renal failure.The campaign also focuses on community-level interventions to facilitate increased physical activity among the population. Dr. Tufton noted that the programme will be introduced in the high-school system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to expand its reach. Story Highlights read more

Eddie Howe aiming for Bournemouths first win at Anfield

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has urged his team to rewrite history by winning at Anfield when they face Liverpool on Saturday.The Cherries are still waiting for their first win at Anfield, while the Reds have not lost at home in the Premier League for more than a year.But with Klopp’s men currently dip in form following two consecutive draws, Howe feels his side can seize the opportunity to further damage their title aspirations with a rare win.When asked about Bournemouth’s poor record at Anfield, Howe told Sky: “These things have always faced us before.“In the Premier League, every game when we first came into the league was a case of rewriting history and proving we could do things for the first time.“I think we tend to look at these things as a nice thing to do, to try and write a new history for the club all the time.“The Chelsea result was where everything came together with the result. There have been other games where we’ve performed really well and just missed out.“We’re going to have to defend well for long periods, but if we can show that mentality and desire to defend our goal then I believe we will have moments in the game to show what we were capable of going the other way.”Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…Bournemouth will be without a key player on Saturday 🤞— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) February 5, 2019Bournemouth will be without both David Brooks [ankle] and Callum Wilson [knee] for the trip to Anfield, while Jefferson Lerma faces a late fitness test.“David has been to see a specialist and had scans, so I think around the four-week mark for him,” said Howe.“Callum, it’s just a clean out of his knee, he’s probably around the same mark. We’re not going to be able to get them back earlier than that.“[They are] big misses for us. Big misses for the team, for the group, they are big personalities for the group so we’re keen to get them back fit.“In the meantime, I believe we have the squad strength to cover those players.”last_img read more