Brand leadership award for South Africa

first_imgTravellers arriving at Zurich airportduring the World Economic Forum earlierin 2010 were greeted by stunning SouthAfrican vistas.(Image: IMC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chantal WellingtonIMC digital content manager+27 11 483 reporterAnitha Soni, chairperson of the board of trustees of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), will receive the Brand Leadership Award at the 19th World Brand Congress in Mumbai, India, later in November.Described as the most prestigious award an individual can receive at the congress, the award is one of several accolades to be given. Others include CEO of the Year, Media Professional of the Year, and Brand Builder of the Year.The World Brand Congress represents 60 countries. Some 600 branding and marketing specialists are expected to participate in the 2010 event.Soni, a tourism specialist and award-winning businesswoman, will be honoured for her “professional efforts” in overseeing the activities of the IMC, as it delivers on its mandate to manage the country’s reputation, and position South Africa as an investment destination of choice.Under her guidance, the IMC is delivering on this mandate, both domestically and internationally. The most recent and highest-profile example is the 2010 Fifa World Cup – here the IMC’s mobilisation initiatives engendered strong social cohesion among South Africans, fulfilling the country’s 2010 brand promise to “celebrate Africa’s humanity”.She was also instrumental in the council’s drive to position South Africa’s business and economic competitiveness at the 2010 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, which saw a powerful delegation of political and business leaders departing for Switzerland to promote the country’s agenda.While at the congress Soni will deliver a speech titled “The impact of international events on a nation’s pride and therefore its brand – sharing South Africa’s 2010 World Cup experience”.Passionate about South AfricaSoni believes the award does not belong to her alone, but to all the role players in government and the private sector that participate in building the country’s brand.“The IMC is the custodian of Brand South Africa, but the brand belongs to all South Africans,” she said. “The World Cup has shown that when South Africans act with unity of purpose, everyone contributes to growing our reputation on the international stage.“The primary role players responsible for enhancing the nation brand are dedicated, skilled and passionate about our country. This past year they have worked with great diligence to foster relationships, engage with international stakeholders and promote South Africa.”Soni added that the award belongs to everyone who contributed to South Africa’s enhanced global reputation, and that she would think of all South Africa’s brand builders when the award was placed in her hands.last_img read more

Banyana too strong for Namibia in Windhoek

first_img8 July 2014Banyana Banyana began their preparations for the forthcoming African Women’s Championship on a winning note, beating Namibia 2-1 in an international friendly at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on the weekend.Goals by Leandra Smeda and Disebo Mametja were enough to seal victory for South Africa’s national women’s football team, while Thomalina Adams pulled one back for the home side.Coach Pauw’s comments“The ladies know what is expected of them now,” Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw commented after the game.“The hard work that we have been putting in is starting to show. It was a tough game, Namibia has improved a lot. They are physical, but we managed to contain them.”ChangesPauw made two changes to the team that had beaten Botswana 4-0 last month, with Noko Matlou returned to the starting eleven and playing alongside captain Janine Van Wyk in defence, while Disebo Mametja started her first match under Pauw on the right flank.The Namibians were the first to threaten in the contest and managed the first shot at goal in the seventh minute, but the ball passed narrowly wide of goalkeeper Tokozile Mndaweni’s goals.Opening goalIt took Banyana Banyana almost half-an-hour to find their feet. Smeda then found the back of the net in the 29th minute after the South Africans executed a well- coordinated set piece from outside the box.Refiloe Jane had an opportunity to extend the South African lead just before the halftime break. She made good contact with the ball inside the box, but her effort went wide, off the goal post.2-0 leadA quarter-of-an-hour into the second half, Mametja doubled Banyana Banyana’s with an easy tap-in.Namibia pulled one back with 15 minutes remaining after a defensive error from Banyana Banyana, but when the final whistle sounded the visitors had taken the honours 2-1.Namibia will host the African Women’s Championships from the 11 to 25 October this year.Zimbabwe friendlyBanyana Banyana next face Zimbabwe on Friday in another pre-African Women’s Championship friendly on Friday at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare.“We need to play more matches before the African Women’s Championships as this will give us an opportunity to keep practicing what we have learnt,” Banyana coach Pauw said in a statement on Monday.“The ladies know what is expected of them. From here on we have to master what we have learnt. We need to get the team physically ready for an intense high level of play.”The draw for the African Women’s Championships draw will be held on 19 July in Windhoek. The other nations that have qualified for the finals are Namibia, Algeria, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Remembering the Mini – The end of an era

first_imgA moment of silence for the miniI suppose I need clarify of which mini I speak.  It isn’t the car and it is not the skirt .The mini I refer to is that mid-sized server that runs the applications that your company depends on.  There are quite a few flavors in this class, from the classic VAX with Cutler’s first child VMS ( moment of silence), to the Unix family – all those AIX boxes running on power processors, the Solaris bunch running on various flavors of Sparc, and HPUX on PA-RISC and Itanium.It is the twilight for the mini server.  Of course, like an Alaska summer, twilight may last a really long time.My rationale for this position has to do with the size of the enterprise IT problem, and the capacity of the server.background: In the past there have been “tiers of servers” at the “low” end we have all those “x86” boxes running variants of Windows and Linux.  In the middle we have the class above, and at the high end mission critical level there have been mainframes, Superdomes, Non-Stop, and other run the world systems.   Application demand has also grown, but the individual application growth has not matched the growth in server capacity.  The middle class is being squeezed.  Just check those TPC and Spec numbers vs SparcWhat has changed:The performance of the Xeon – Xeon base x86 servers have eclipsed the performance of the “mini” architecturesThe X86 OS is ready for prime time – Companies can run their largest applications on Xeon platforms with Windows orLinuxXeon Virtualization – Virtualization allows IT managers to fully utilize powerful hardware, and optimize their data centerGrid solutions – Grids and clouds provide near limitless scale with Xeon platforms, without the need for monster SMP solutionsLead Platform – The primary development, and first release, platform for many ERP and Database providers has shifted to Xeonexample – 1n 2002 A large company payrol system, that I worked on, required a 16 way mini platform to meet service levels – all data processed in less than 7 hours.  Today that same application fits easily into a four processor Xeon platform.  By this time next year it should fit easily into a two socket Xeon box.  The motivation for a “Mini” servers in this environment has vanished.Almost every enterprise application today runs best on a Xeon processor based server.   Customers building out new capacity are optimizing on a Xeon based, virtualized architecture.   For web servers, data base applications, and ERP systems , Xeon based servers provide great price performance and phenominal performance.If there is a soft spot in your heart for the mini, take a few minutes, visit the data center, and spend some lquality time while you still can.last_img read more

KVM Remote Control from an iPad

first_imgJust a quick video showing off the new KVM Remote Control feature being used from an iPad. Yes, now you can service your end users right from your iPad. To make it work, I followed this Reference Design ( and then substituted RealVNC’s iPhone viewer. Hey RealVNC, when’s the iPad version due?last_img

Pjanic: ‘Juve want Champions League’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Miralem Pjanic assures Cristiano Ronaldo is “the most important player we have” and unbeaten Juventus are targeting the Champions League. Pjanic was speaking to Sky Sport Italia after Juve’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid to book top spot in Champions League Group D, and underlined the importance of the Portuguese star. “I am doing well, I had some muscle problems after Lecce but now I’m ok. The same goes for Cristiano Ronaldo. He had some niggling pain in his knee, but he is the most important player we have. He’s demonstrated in recent times that he’s still number one and we don’t worry about him.” Ronaldo has only scored once in this season’s competition. Pjanic says Juve want to win the Champions League after securing group victory with a game to spare. “We wanted to top the group. Now that we have, we will see who we draw in the next round, whoever it will be, we will prepare for it. “Juventus are the only side in all of Europe who haven’t lost a single competitive game and we won almost all of them. We want to win this trophy.” Juve are back in action against Sassuolo on Sunday morning.last_img read more


first_imgA home on Sioux City’s west side has been red- tagged after a fire damaged it Friday afternoon.The fire happened just before 1 o’clock at a home at West 25th and Rebecca streets.Firefighters found smoke and fire at the back of the house, which made its way into the attic.The cause was believed to be an improperly- discarded cigarette.One person was home at the time and escaped with his pets without injury.Photo courtesy KMEGlast_img