Civil society, the private sector and the government sought ways to build social cohesion and discussed a means for the nation to pull in one direction in telling the country’s story, at the inaugural Brand South Africa Nation Brand Forum.Brand South Africa CEO Kingsley Makhubela expanded on the theme of cohesion and its importance in building a strong nation brand.By Sulaiman PhilipA nation must strive “to accentuate and promote local distinctiveness as a competitive advantage”, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said at Brand South Africa’s inaugural Nation Brand Forum on 24 August 2016.“The rapid advance of globalisation means that every country, every region and every city must compete with each other for its share of the world’s consumers, tourists, investors, students, entrepreneurs, and international sporting and cultural events.”Brand South Africa board member Janine Hills, Vuma Reputation Management CEO and programme director on the day, echoed the minister’s sentiments. She reminded the audience that the country had just conducted a successful election. Despite all the negativity, South Africa, she explained, was maturing as a democracy. “Yes, we have challenges but we are a changing nation.“We must be proud to be South Africans. I love this country. This is our country. We need to get over ourselves. We need to talk with each other,” she added.Brand South Africa CEO Kingsley Makhubela expanded on the theme of cohesion and its importance in building a strong nation brand. He explained that the forum was called to discuss three issues:• How to manage the reputation of a nation brand• How to best project South Africa as a nation brand• How to best define the narrative that South Africa wants to tell the worldHe reminded the audience that they were from the three most important spheres of society. As the government, civil society and the private sector, it fell to them to create and build a positive nation brand.South Africa was a strong, resilient democracy, a narrative often overlooked because the nation tended to concentrate on the challenges it faced. “Before the election we were saying ‘these elections won’t be free and fair’. This was the message communicated to the outside world. And what happened? We have resilient, robust institutions. We should celebrate our strengths,” Makhubela said.The local government elections were held on 3 August.The Nation Brand Forum has its origins in the 2015/16 Department of Communications budget vote, tabled by the minister in parliament on 20 May 2015. By bringing together civil society, the private sector and the government, the expectation is that the nation will pull in one direction and sing from the same hymn sheet.Before the plenary sessions began the minister reminded the audience that they were there to find ways to build social cohesion. They were encouraged to find, “the ‘how’ of achieving an inspiring South Africa. Brand South Africa understands that it is imperative that everyone plays a part towards making South Africa a better country.”Join the conversation on #NationBrandForum #SANationBrand
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Mines Pralhad Joshi to seek solutions to restart the mining industry in Goa, which stands banned by the Supreme Court since 2018. Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function in Panaji on Sunday, Mr. Sawant said he would meet them both after Mr. Joshi familiarises himself with his portfolio. He reiterated that resolving the mining deadlock was a priority for his government. Last month, Mr. Sawant had said harvesting of mining dumps near the mining leases was one of the options his government was examining to resume the mining activity in the interest of stakeholders, despite the Supreme Court ban on mining in 88 leases. There are currently over 736 million tonnes of iron ore dumped in mountain-like heaps in Goa’s mining belt. Mr. Sawant is expected to finalise a policy for dump ore harvesting by July this year.
US skateboarder Tony Hawk poses on the red carpet before the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex in Monaco on February 18, 2019. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)SAN DIEGO — One of the first things Tony Hawk was looking forward to doing when he arrived in Shanghai for his debut as commentator for the Vans Park Series was to grab a skateboard and do some prep work.“Skating the courses and connecting with the competitors directly in order to have better insight when the competition actually starts,” Hawk said in an email exchange.ADVERTISEMENT 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 He’ll be at the microphone when Vans Park Series starts its fourth year of competition this weekend, showcasing the world’s best park terrain skateboarders a year before the sport makes its Olympic debut. Hawk will join co-host Chris Cote for the five competitions, which continue in São Paulo, Brazil June 22-23; Montreal July 12-13; Paris Aug. 9-10 and the men’s and women’s championships in Salt Lake City Sept. 6-7.“It’s fun for me as a fan of skating to share my expertise with a larger audience, and give the casual viewer a better understanding in the nuances of skating,” he said.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, logisticsHawk said Vans events are “authentic and raw. We have seen some of the most progressive and evolutionary tricks and techniques occur during all the excitement, especially in the finals. And having pay equality for prize money is hugely important in validating women skaters that have been slighted for far too long in other events.”Park terrain, he added, is “a hybrid of pool, vert and mini-ramp skating, with occasional ‘street’ elements added to the course. Focusing on only one of those disciplines will not benefit a competitor, so it is more likely that someone who grew up riding various skateparks will excel.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Only four players in 100 years have won six NFL titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew With an international roster of skateboarding’s top pros, Vans Park Series awards a total series purse of more than $700,000 and has prize parity for men and women.“Zion Wright has become an incredible skater in all terrain recently so he will be one to watch,” Hawk said. “I am also excited to see the spontaneous, unpredictable crew like Jake Wooten, Greyson Fletcher, Chris Russell and Clay Kreiner. For women, Lizzie Armanto is an obvious favorite, along with Jordyn Barratt, Poppy Olsen, Nora Vasconcellos and Sakura Yosozumi.”The contest will be carried via livestream on www.vansparkseries.com.Hawk, 51, said it’s too early to know if he’ll be broadcasting at the Olympics.“I would entertain the idea of they ask me, but there have been no discussions as of yet. I think skateboarding will add a much-needed youthful energy to the summer games, and will most likely be one of the highlights from Tokyo 2020,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess