18 June 2010, Johannesburg – Bafana Bafana has in the past the past few weeks done more to cement our proudly South African identity as a Rainbow Nation than the collective efforts dating back to the 1995 Springboks World Cup triumph.With the attention of the world fixed on our beautiful country, seeing all South Africans put aside their differences to rally behind the team is closest to realising the united nation Nelson Madiba Mandela continues to dream about. One loss in 13 matches is no reason to drop our heads in shame.Bafana did us all proud when they held Mexico, a country ranked over 60 places above them, to 1-1 draw in the opening match when few gave the team a chance. Admittedly, the match against Uruguay did not end in the way we had hoped.However, if there was a time to show our boys that the nation is with them through the good and the bad times, then this is it. Bafana Bafana may be down, but they are certainly not out. A convincing win against France in the match scheduled for Bloemfontein on Tuesday is all the team needs to progress in this first World Cup on African soil which the country is exceptionally hosting.“For this reason, now more than ever, we need to paint Tuesday yellow and green from all the four corners of our country in support of our national team. The vuvuzela clarion call must bring us together as we spur our Boys on their most important assignment yet,” said Sophie Masipa, Marketing Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand SA).“Bafana Bafana, we believe, should be the war cry on Tuesday. Wearing our Bafana jerseys and waving our flags high will send a clear message to our boys that the nation remains loyally behind them. The Bafana 12th is us, the fans, we must carry on playing our part. Ke Nako!” she said.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: www.brandsouthafrica.comKalay MaistryMedia Relations ManagerInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
South Africa’s ascendance to the BRICS group of major emerging economies is a boost to the country’s brand, Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, said at an Brand South Africa roundtable discussion with London’s Financial Times on Tuesday.“One way or another this will help us achieve our country’s development objectives,” Matola said.He added that membership of BRICS – the economic alliance that includes Brazil, Russia, India and China – puts South Africa on the centre stage of global change, rather than on the sideline, he said.“This helps us as a brand. What it says to the world is, consider us a serious economic player.”The roundtable event, held at Summer Place in Johannesburg, brought together South Africa’s top business executives and politicians to examine South Africa’s role in BRICS and the opportunities membership presented to the country and the rest of the African continent.It included a panel discussion among top CEOs, some of the best brains in South African business: Maria Ramos of the Absa banking group, Jerry Vilakazi of Business Unity South Africa, Frontier Advisory’s Martyn Davies, and Benjamin Mophatlane of Business Connexion. The discussion was facilitated by Financial Times bureau chief Andrew England.Most speakers made the point that, in addition to South Africa’s strong economy and developed infrastructure, the country’s position as the gateway to the rest of Africa gave it a valuable role in BRICS.Davies made the point that the “S” in BRICS should actually stand for SADC, and not South Africa, referring to the Southern African Development Community of 15 African states, including Botswana, the DRC, Angola and Tanzania.“This partnership will not only benefit South Africa, but also the continent, as it will open up trade in Africa,” Davies said.Speaking before the discussion, Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said that while South Africa does not officially represent the continent in BRICS, its membership would give Africa a stronger voice, not only within BRICS, but also across all international platforms in which the BRICS countries are individually represented.Ebrahim added that South Africa’s accession to BRICS was a natural fit.“Our positive attributes that put us in a different category include our role as a major economic player in Africa, our mineral and industrial output, our electricity generation capacity, our road, rail, ports, communication infrastructure, our sophisticated financial markets and service industries, our manufacturing capacity, our membership in the G20, and our level of industrialisation,” he said. “All these, and many more, profile us in a very positive way.”The membership was the result of two years of in-depth planning and joint efforts by the public and private sector, Ebrahim said, adding that South Africa should not underestimate its status as a deserving member of BRICS.“We agree that we do not have a major world population size in comparison to other BRICS member states, including the high-digit growth rates enjoyed by its BRICS partners,” he said.“We move from the premise that, there are attributes that fellow BRICS member-states see in us, that we choose to overlook or undermine. We also argue that, if we consistently profile ourselves as that small country on the southern tip of Africa, we will go nowhere.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
5 May 2014The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has released three mobile phone applications (apps) ahead of Wednesday’s general election.Using the first set of apps, voters can get the election results in real time as they are captured, from the first result to the last, including the final seat calculation and allocation.“Voters will be able join us and all our stakeholders in the journey of monitoring the correctness of what is captured and calculate the final results with us,” IEC chief information officer Libisi Maphanga said on Friday.The apps also provide information on voter registration status, voting station locations, candidates lists, frequently asked questions, contacts and more. They can be downloaded free from all major app stores on Android, BlackBerry, Apple, Windows 8 and Symbian platforms.Links to the downloadsThe second app, the “IXSA” app, is a 3D digital game which introduces first-time voters to the voting process in a fun, interactive way. The game can be downloaded free from Android and Apple app stores and is also available to play on Facebook.The game allows users to pick an avatar and then follow this character on Election Day, facing a number of challenges along the way. Players earn points for how election-savvy they are and can complete against other South Africans by posting their scores on social media and challenging their friends to beat their score.The IEC’s deputy chief electoral officer for outreach, Nomsa Masuku, said the game was about making the voting process accessible to young people in a format they were familiar with.“Learning is best achieved when people are having fun and don’t feel like they are being taught,” Masuku said. “The digital gaming world is the perfect place to combine education and entertainment.”The third set of apps are APIs (application programming interfaces), designed to give the media, political parties and other interested stakeholders automated real-time access to election data using their own apps on any online platform of their choice.Source: SAnews.gov