Speakers Profiles

first_imgAs custodians of Brand South Africa, The International Marketing Council of South Africa will be hosting a one-day conference in collaboration with the 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team in Johannesburg on 15 August 2006. The conference will boast a list of top line speakers, including:Wolfgang Grulke – Author and Futurist, CEO – FutureWorld International LimitedTerry Behan – CEO of The Fearless ExecutiveYvonne Johnston – CEO International Marketing Council of South AfricaDanny Jordaan – CEO 2010 local organising committeeJoel Netshitenzhe – Head of Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) Social Sector – The PresidencyJack Trout – President, Trout & Partners, Ltd.Wolfgang Grulke– Author and Futurist; CEO – FutureWorld International LimitedA former IBM executive, Wolfgang worked internationally with IBM for more than 25 years and was awarded the prestigious IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. He was founder and CEO of the Business Futures Group and started FutureWorld as an informal business network in 1987. Since that time he has been instrumental in helping major corporations and venture capital firms position themselves for the new world economy. He has addressed audiences in more than 20 countries, in person, on radio and on television. His article In Search of Simplicity won the NACCA award for the best business article of the year and From Value Chain to Marketspace was awarded the AFSM International Writing Award for Professional Writers and Consultants in Boston. Wolfgang is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at the London Business School and teaches regularly on a number of programmes including the School’s flagship Senior Executive Programme (SEP).His best-selling book Ten Lessons from the Future was published internationally in December 2000 and is now also available in Spanish and Chinese. His new book Lessons in Radical Innovation: Out-of-the-box straight to the bottom line was published by Financial Times/Prentice Hall world-wide in April 2002 and in the USA in January 2003. A South African edition of the book is also available, Lessons in Radical Innovation: South Africans leading the world.Terry Behan– CEO of The Fearless ExecutiveTerry Behan is CEO of The Fearless Executive, a brand integration agency specializing in internal brand development and designing the customer experience.Terry lived and worked in Ireland, England, Greece and Germany, before moving and settling in South Africa in 1994. He has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors in South Africa, Mozambique and East Africa.Terry is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative as well as a founder of The African Eagles, a youth leadership development program. He is a regular contributor in the media on the topic of brand development.Yvonne Johnston – CEO International Marketing Council of South AfricaYvonne Johnston is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), an organization which aims to create a positive, united image for South Africa to give the country a strategic advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace. This it does through the promotion of Brand South Africa. Its mission – to articulate a brand for South Africa, which positions the country in order to attract tourism, trade and investment, as well as realise international relations objectives; to establish an integrated approach within government and the private sector towards the international marketing of South Africa and to build national support for Brand South Africa.Pivotal to the success of the work of the IMC is the realization of its mission as this will help the country deal with its socio-economic issues.The IMC has been in existence since 2000 and in her four years at the helm of the organisation, Yvonne is credited with raising the profile of Brand South Africa to the point where it was voted amongst the Top 5 Hot Brands for 2004 by Intelligence Total Business (formerly Business 2.0), an authoritative publication which offers information on next generation business trends, processes and insights. Another highlight was being selected as one of five finalists for the 2005 Business Woman of the Year.She is a widely respected as a leading communications strategist and has played a major role in the training and teaching of strategic media skills in the industry and is a much sought-after public speaker locally and abroad on Brands, as well as the current mood of our nation.Previously, she has worked in the Advertising and Marketing industry in a career spanning over 20 years as a Media Director of leading ad agencies.For 5 years she was Group Media Director of Ogilvy and Mather. This was followed by a stint in marketing, including running her own marketing consultancy, Refreshing Marketing, specializing in experiential marketing and Marketing to Women.She currently sits on the boards of SA Tourism, The African Hall of Fame and The Valued Citizens.Danny Jordaan – CEO 2010 local organising committeeDanny Jordaan is a South African sports administrator as well as a former lecturer, politician and anti-apartheid activist. He is best known for leading South Africa’s successful Football World Cup 2010 bid.Born in Port Elizabeth, a city on the southeast coast of South Africa, Jordaan got involved in anti-apartheid activities by joining the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in the early 1970s. This organisation was founded by Steve Biko in order to defend the rights of black students. Later, Jordaan also became a member of the United Democratic Front and the African National Congress (ANC).Following his studies, Jordaan became a teacher in 1974. From 1970 to 1983 he was a provincial cricket and football player. In the latter sport, he achieved professional status for a brief period. His political and sport interests soon combined and he became an activist in various organisations fighting to break down racial barriers in sport.From 1983 to 1992 he served as the president or vice-president of various soccer boards. In 1993 he was appointed as a director of the Cape Town Olympic Bid Company.His political career also progressed; in 1990 he was elected as the chairperson of the ANC branch in Port Elizabeth North. After the first fully inclusive South African elections in 1994, he became a member of parliament for the ANC, a position he held until 1997.In 1997, he was elected as the chief executive officer of the South African Football Association (SAFA). He subsequently headed South Africa’s unsuccessful Football World Cup 2006 bid, gaining great respect internationally for his work. As a consequence, he also led South Africa’s Football World Cup 2010 bid, this time successfully.Jordaan has served on the marketing and television board of FIFA since 1998. He received a special presidential award from President Nelson Mandela in 1994 as well as the presidential sport achievement award from President Thabo Mbeki in 2001. He won South Africa’s marketing person of the year award in 2000.Jordaan has a BA Honours degree from the University of South Africa. He has delivered several papers locally and abroad and serves on the Branding and Communications working group of the IMC.In 2004, he was voted 44th in the 100 Great South Africans.Joel Netshitenzhe – Head of Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) Social Sector – The PresidencyPreviously, CEO of the Government Communication and Information Service. Has an MSc in financial economics from the University of London.Between 1976 and 1978 he received military training in Angola was a member of Umkhonto We Sizwe. Between 1978 and 1994 he worked for the ANC and was a member of the ANC Politico-Military.Worked as a journalist for Radio Freedom and Mayibuye, an ANC journal, for two years. Member of the ANC negotiation team at the Codesa talks. Netshitenzhe served as deputy head of the ANC’s department of information and publicity, and was head of communication in ex-President Mandela’s office before being appointed to the Government Communications Information Systems.Jack Trout – President, Trout & Partners, Ltd. Instrumental in developing the vital approach to marketing known as “positioning,” he is responsible for some of the freshest ideas to be introduced into marketing thinking in the last several decades.Jack Trout is president of Trout & Partners, one of the most prestigious marketing firms with headquarters in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, USA and offices in 13 countries. Jack Trout manages and supervises a global network of experts that apply his concepts and develop his methodology around the world. The firm has done work for AT&T, IBM, Burger King, Merrill Lynch, Xerox, Merck, Lotus, Ericsson, Tetra Pak, Repsol, Hewlett-Packard, Procter & Gamble, Southwest Airlines and other Fortune 500 companies.Jack Trout started his business career in the advertising department of General Electric. From there he went on to become a divisional advertising manager at Uniroyal. Then he joined Al Ries in the advertising agency and marketing strategy firm where they worked together for over twenty-six years.With Al Ries he co-authored the industry classic, Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, which was published in 1980. In 1985 he and Al Ries wrote a second best-selling book entitled Marketing Warfare. Positioning and Marketing Warfare are now published in 14 languages. In 1988 Bottom-Up-Marketing was published. In 1993 their book, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing became the marketing bible. It outlined the basic reasons why marketing programs succeed or fail in the competitive nineties. Jack Trout closed the circle with the sequel to Positioning in 1995. Entitled The New Positioning it takes the world’s No. 1 business strategy to a new level. It became a Business Week best seller and has already been translated into 16 languages. This was followed by The Power of Simplicity – A Management Guide To Cutting Through the Nonsense And Doing Things Right. Then it was Differentiate or Die – Survival in Our Era of Killer Competitionwhich presented the keys to survival in a killer global economy. This has also become a best seller.His latest books are entitled Big Brands Big Trouble and The Genie’s Wisdom. They explain why the marketing process is so important for senior management to learn and practice.This conference is being hosted in collaboration with the 2010 National Communications Task Team.last_img read more

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA WELCOMES ARREST OF UYINENE MRWETYANA AND LEIGHANDRE JEGELS’ MURDERERS

first_imgPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has commended the country’s law enforcement authorities for their action which led to the arrests of two suspects linked to the brutal murders of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana and SA boxing champion Leighandre Jegels.​​​Mrwetyana’s alleged killer was arrested and charged with rape, murder and defeating the ends of justice. The man suspected of killing Jegels was also arrested and has since died in hospital.​​​The murder of these two young women; one at the hands of a stranger and the other killed by a man who was reportedly her boyfriend remain a stark reminder that the women of South Africa are not safe, either in their homes or in the streets.​​​On Monday 2 September 2019, the body of a 14 year old girl was found in a backyard in Cape Town, adding to a grim body count of murdered women and girls across the country.​​​“This is a very dark period for us as a country. The assaults, rapes and murders of South African women are a stain on our national conscience.” President Ramaphosa said.​​​The President added: “We have just commemorated Women’s Month. Sixty three years after the women of 1956 marched for the right to live in freedom, women in this country live in fear – not of the apartheid police but of their brothers, sons, fathers and uncles. We should all hang our heads in shame”​​In 2019, the Presidency signed the Declaration on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide with various civil society formations and has directed that urgent attention be given to its implementation, particularly on immediate measures around support to victims and access to shelters and places of safety.​​​The President has sent his deepest condolences to the Mrwetyana and Jegels families and urges all South Africans to keep them in their thoughts during this very traumatic time. The President will be meeting with the leadership of the police later on today to be briefed on, amongst others, steps being undertaken to stem the tide of gender based violence in the country.​​​Enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President – 072 854 5707​​Issued by the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa​last_img read more

Fitch affirms SA’s ratings, with stable outlook

first_img20 December 2013The decision by international ratings agency Fitch to affirm South Africa’s credit rating is fair given the tough global economic climate and the government’s commitment to its fiscal plan, the National Treasury said in a statement on Wednesday.The government was responding to Fitch’s affirmation of the country’s long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings at BBB and BBB+, respectively.Despite being concerned about the slow pace of growth, the ratings agency said South Africa’s floating exchange rate and inflation-targeting framework acted as effective “shock absorbers” in the South African economy.Ratings on its senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds were also affirmed at BBB and BBB+, respectively.Fitch said the outlooks on the long-term issuer default ratings were stable. The country ceiling has been affirmed at A- and the short-term foreign currency issuer default rating at F3.South Africa’s Treasury said that South Africa’s strong banking system and “deep local financial markets” were also among the factors that influenced the affirmation of the country’s rating.“The ratings agency said that government debt was largely denominated in local currency and has a high average maturity and this limited exchange rate and financing risk,” the Treasury said.“Fitch also indicated that weak economic growth and a widening current account deficit were downside drivers preventing the economy from achieving a more positive rating.”The “counter-cyclical approach” was one of the toughest decisions that the government took to survive the aftermath of the 2008 recession. It did this by allowing the budget deficit to increase during bad times, before reigning it in when times improved.Standard and Poor’sOn Friday, the Treasury said it had noted Standard and Poor’s (S&P) decision to affirm the country’s longterm foreign currency credit rating at BBB and local currency credit rating at A-2.The rating agency maintained the negative credit outlook on the rating.The Treasury said on in a statement that the government’s view was that “S&P’s rating opinion did not take adequate account of progress made in addressing the issues that S&P had raised as potential drawbacks to their initial downgrades in 2012”.S&P said the ratings affirmation was based on the following factors: that the government would ensure broad, largely pragmatic, policy continuity; tensions in the mining sector had been reduced; GDP growth remained lacklustre; current account deficits were relatively high; general government debt was sizable; and portfolio flows are relatively volatile.According to S&P, South Africa’s recent lacklustre economic performance, external imbalances and labour tensions could affect its macroeconomic policy framework beyond the agency’s expectations.“The government’s view is that S&P’s rating opinion did not take adequate account of progress made in addressing the issues that S&P had raised as potential drawbacks to their initial downgrades in 2012,” the Treasury said.Treasury said government will continue to invest in infrastructure with the view of enhancing the productive capacity of the economy and the competitiveness of local industries.“This will be done in a manner consistent with fiscal sustainability as tabled in the 2013 Medium Term Budget Statement,” the Treasury said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Dasmariñas still not used to fanfare ahead of second crack at IBO title

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View comments Michael Dasmariñas during his open workout at Kerry Sports in Taguig. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.betAll the media attention Michael Dasmariñas got on Wednesday reminded him of the last time he fought for a boxing crown.“It was nothing like this,” a smiling Dasmariñas told INQUIRER.net in Filipino during a press conference at Kerry Sports in Shangri La at the Fort in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Paul Lee doubling efforts on both ends as Magnolia heads to semis Read Next Dasmariñas, the Camarines Sur native, thinks the fight is a tossup, although he believes he has the advantage when it comes to punching power.“We’re both volume punchers and we’re almost equal in speed but he doesn’t hit that hard,” said Dasmariñas, who started boxing when he was nine years old in Bicol and decided to continue his boxing career in Manila at 18 after he graduated high school.His trainer and former Filipino world champion Tacy Macalos also sees Dasmariñas’ power and footwork as his edge.Macalos said Dasmariñas also has to embrace the underdog label and use it to his advantage.“It will serve as a challenge and motivation for him to work much harder and win the title,” Macalos said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Dasmariñas, who is in the second of his four-fight contract with Ringstar Boxing, dropped a close decision to Lwandile Sityatha of South Africa for the same belt in the super flyweight division in 2014. Dasmariñas, who is tipped to become the next Filipino world champion, should get used to the fanfare especially if he beats Karim Guerfi of France for the vacant International Boxing Organization world bantamweight title on April 20 in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 25-year-old Dasmariñas (27-2, 18 KOs) knows Guerfi, who is the No. 4 fighter in the WBC ranking, is a quality opponent.“He’s not a nobody. He’s ahead of me in the WBC ranking and he also has a good record like me,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

9 months agoEverton take Idrissa Gueye off market

first_imgEverton take Idrissa Gueye off marketby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have taken Idrissa Gueye off the market.A target for PSG, it had been claimed Everton would be willing to sell the midfielder for a set price of €45m.However, Foot Mercato says Everton have informed the player’s agent that Gueye is not for sale this month.Indeed, it’s been revealed Everton and PSG have broken off negotiations for the past week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days agoCrouch questions Liverpool nerves after RB Salzburg win

first_imgCrouch questions Liverpool nerves after RB Salzburg winby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Crouch has questioned Liverpool’s nerves after Wednesday’s 4-3 win over RB Salzburg in the Champions League.The European champions blew a three-goal lead at Anfield when Erling Braud Haaland equalised for the visitors.And Crouch says the performance was “absolutely mental” from his former side.”It was mental, absolutely mental,” Crouch said on BT Sport.”Liverpool were flying, playing some of the best attacking football I have seen from them this season. And then the second half, I don’t even know where to begin. 3-3, I just couldn’t have seen it, and then Salah pops up with the winner.”An incredible match, highly entertaining, but for the wrong reasons for Liverpool in the end. They got a bit nervy Liverpool, you have to say.”Once the first goal went in, then the second, Fabinho, whose normally so calm on the ball, was passing it out of play, they weren’t as intricate as they were in the first half.”So it definitely affected them but the fourth goal killed them off and then they controlled the game and managed it out.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

MISC Assigns Up to USD 4 Bn for FPSO Shuttle Tanker Capex

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MISC Malaysian shipping group MISC Berhad has set up a five-year capital expenditure plan which is expected to see the company spend up to USD 4 billion for securing more floating production storage and offloading (FPSO), and shuttle tanker projects.For this year alone a sum of USD 500 million has been earmarked for potential FPSO and shuttle tanker contracts to be concluded this year, President and Chief Executive Officer Yee Yang Chien is cited as saying by Malaysian national news agency Bernama.As explained, the growth in demand for shuttle tankers is expected in the North Sea and North America. However, according to Chien, the driver of the company’s profit will remain the LNG and offshore businesses, adding that the company’s 27 LNG carriers have all been chartered out.The majority of capex expenditure is expected to be funded through bank loans (70 pct), while the remaining 30 pct would be covered from available equity, Bernama reports.World Maritime News is yet to receive a comment on the report from MISC.The announcement comes as MISC concludes a very challenging year for both the shipping and offshore sectors.The company’s profit for 2017 stood at RM 1.99 billion, almost halved when compared to RM 2.79 billion reported in 2016.Chien said earlier that 2017 was a challenging year as growth opportunities were scarce while revenue was under constant pressure from weak freight rates and contract renegotiation risks.However, he believes better days for the industry are ahead taking into account a steady rise in oil price over the past two years, and healthier level of activities for the oil and gas markets.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Battle with Legal Aid forces Algonquin mother to pay for sons Gladue

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – With time running out and feeling insulted, an Algonquin mother in Ottawa has taken it upon herself to ensure her son gets a Gladue report written before his sentencing next month for armed robbery.The mother has begun fundraising the money needed to pay for a private company to write the report in Ottawa because she said she never heard from the Ontario government’s writer in Nation’s capital since Justice Ann Alder ordered one for her 16-year-old son on Feb. 5.Her son’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Mar. 23.“I don’t know what he’s doing but it takes a few seconds to just pick up the phone, dial a number and leave a message,” said the mother who APTN National News can’t identify because her son is a young offender.She’s referring to Chad Kicknosway, a writer employed through Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto (ALST) who is funded by Legal Aid Ontario.“I gave (Kicknosway) a call and he has not called me yet. Sentencing is coming up and I don’t think he’ll have the time to interview everyone and write the report. I want a good report for my son,” she said.Instead of waiting, she decided Wednesday evening to start fundraising in her home community of Lac Simon First Nation in Quebec.She’s hired IndiGenius, a company in Ottawa that has been writing Gladue reports for about seven months and earned the praise of judges and lawyers.A Gladue report examines an offenders history, such as where they came from, what they have been through and basically what may have led to them to the courts. They’re known as the Gladue principles. Often judges learn of trauma due to colonization and residential schools. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1999 that judges must apply the principles and look for alternatives to incarceration at sentencing.It was a matter of luck but several months ago when her son was first appearing in court IndiGenius co-founder Mark Marsolais was there too and met the mom and son. “Mark has been there from the very beginning. He cares and I know he can get the report my son needs,” said the mom, adding she tried to go with IndiGenius from the get-go but was told she had to go with Kicknosway. It turns out the mother and son found themselves in the middle of a behind-the-scenes battle with Legal Aid and IndiGenius, a private company that writes Gladue reports.Legal Aid had been funding IndiGenius since the summer but slowly began shutting the door on using the private company. That’s because last fall it commissioned ALST to provide a Gladue writer in Ottawa as part of an increase in funding across the province to provide more Gladue reports.ALST, led by Jonathan Rudin, has been a leader in writing Gladue reports in Ontario for more than a decade. APTN tried to reach Kicknosway for more than a week with no success. A spokeswoman for Legal Aid said he works out of the Wabano Health Centre but the receptionist there not only didn’t have a number for him but didn’t know who he was. He’s supposed to have been working there since September.The mother went to Wabano this week looking for him and left a letter saying she didn’t want to wait any longer and wanted IndiGenius to do the report.APTN reached out to his superior at ALST who said Kicknosway wouldn’t be commenting.“I don’t want to get into a fight into who is doing what. That’s not our interest. We’re just doing reports when we’re asked to do reports by the court,” said Rudin, who is called upon by many lawyers across the country to speak on the issue of Gladue principles. “We’re just going to do the work we’re asked to do.”Rudin declined to comment on the mother’s case and said they’d discuss it with her.“This is something we’re going to work out,” he said.He’s also going to find out why the mother never heard from Kicknosway.For the mother, it’s just a matter of getting a report done by the person she wants. “I’m really frustrated they don’t want to use Mark (Marsolais). They’re trying to make us go through (ALST), she said.According to Legal Aid there’s a protocol for who does the Gladue reports in Ottawa. They’ve asked Ottawa courts to order reports through ALST.“That’s the first stop. That’s where we want people to go first,” said Nye Thomas, director general of policy and strategic research at Legal Aid. “If (ALST is) unable to write a report for some reason … and there is another report writer, say IndiGenius, available we’ll fund that organization to write a report.”Thomas was then asked what if a client or a parent doesn’t want to use Legal Aid’s “first stop” for any reason, can they go with a company of their choice to get a Gladue done?“It depends that’s all I can say. The policy allows for certain exceptions but depends on the specific facts,” he said.He then said that question was better suited for ALST but when pressed on the issue of ALST being a contactor and Legal Aid provides the funding he confirmed there is a choice.“We want people to go to ALST as our first choice and if ALST is unable to do it and then you have lots of different reasons why they are unable to do it, including potentially the clients or the family’s choice,” he said.When it comes to the specifics of this mother’s case Thomas said due to privacy he couldn’t speak to it.Marsolais would like to know why lawyers keep telling him Legal Aid won’t fund reports through IndiGenius.“If there’s a choice then why have so many lawyers, in the last couple of months, kept telling us they can’t go with us?” he said.“And clients do. They specifically ask for us. We’re getting a lot of calls. Word has spread about the quality of our work.”Regardless, Marsolais is interviewing the mother’s son Tuesday and intends to have a report completed before sentencing.The cost is between $1,500 to $2,000. “I’m just so relieved Mark is going to do it,” said the mother. kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more