Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s improvement in IMD rankings

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 1 June 2016 – Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s improvement in the Institute for Management Development’s (IMD) competitiveness index. South Africa now stands at number 52, up from number 53 in 2015.South Africa’s improvement in the rankings comes as a result of advancements in the areas of: energy infrastructure, future energy supply, stock market capitalisation, ICT service exports, maintenance and development, public finances, labour relations, ease of doing business, export concentration by partner, exchange rate stability, health infrastructure, funding for technological development, bureaucracy, workforce productivity and apprenticeships.Reflecting on South Africa’s performance in this the 2016 IMD, Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “South Africa’s performance in this index shows that national efforts to strengthen the economy and improve our global competitiveness are yielding positive results for the country.“The nation brand and our global competitiveness is built by all citizens and improvements in our global competitiveness are a testament to the work that we are all doing to make South Africa a winning nation. We thank you for playing your part and encourage you to continue working to build the country’s reputation,” concluded Mr Makhubela.The IMD looks at the global competitiveness of 61 countries.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandVisit the Institute for Management Development website for more information.last_img read more

Police Officer uses Geocaching to Save a Lost Hiker

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Officer Tom Wenzl came out of the woods recently with a story he never expected. He used geocaching to find more than a cache.Officer Wenzl used his Geocaching iPhone app to locate a lost hiker. The police officer in Washington State, USA is an active geocacher along with his wife. They use the geocaching username VonDeets.Officer Wenzl reportedly used his Geocaching App to plot a Waymark based on coordinates recorded by the lost hiker’s 911 call. Police could not have used traditional maps. The area where the hiker was lost had not been mapped. After a short search, the hiker and her dog were found safe.Check out the article to the right in the Mount Vernon Police Department newsletter for more details.The story of Officer Wenzl’s creativity and determination has also been picked up by local media, including this local newspaper. His geocaching partner and wife, tells Geocaching a local TV news station is also planning to interview Officer Wenzl.Thanks Officer Wenzel for being an excellent officer and geocacher! SharePrint RelatedFinding Health and Good Habits with GeocachingMay 14, 2013In “ Videos”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Geocaching Connects Son to Father Lost in World War IINovember 10, 2011In “ Souvenirs”last_img read more

Book review: Report On Afghanistan by Kuldip Nayar

first_imgNaar: ‘I did a lot of research’Report On Afghanistan by Kuldip Nayar Allied Price: Rs 35; Pages: 212 One of the oldest established literary axioms is that a book should never be judged by its cover. However, there are always the odd exceptions like the intrepid Kuldip Nayar’s latest quickie,,Naar: ‘I did a lot of research’Report On Afghanistan by Kuldip Nayar Allied Price: Rs 35; Pages: 212One of the oldest established literary axioms is that a book should never be judged by its cover. However, there are always the odd exceptions like the intrepid Kuldip Nayar’s latest quickie, Report on Afghanistan. The book sports a dust jacket with a dark grey background and the outline of Afghanistan depicted in a lighter shade of grey. The colouring is symbolic in that the book is desperately lacking in black and white answers to the complex questions that the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has thrown up.The blurb of the jacket, for example, promises faithfully to reveal exactly why the Soviets undertook their Afghanistan adventure and what they hoped to achieve by their actions. In fact, throughout the book, Nayar details the Soviet point of view and attempts to destroy some popular myths (“It was wrong to say that the Soviet invasion was part of a grand strategy to control Middle East oil supplies or reach warm water ports…”). But he follows it up with less than illuminating statements of hypothesis which somehow meanders into a recapitulation of recent Afghan history and then peters out disappointingly.Gaps: Nor is there a particularly decisive discussion about India’s own policies towards the Soviet invasion in December 1979. Nayar does manage to illustrate India’s low-key but firm opposition to the Soviet presence in Kabul. But there are too many obvious holes. Like the particularly disastrous speech made by India’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Brijesh Mishra, in January 1980 before Mrs Gandhi’s new Government was sworn in, openly supporting the invasion. Nayar could not be so openly oblivious of facts known to most journalists on the Delhi beat; that the speech was drafted by retired diplomats and officials committed to the Soviet viewpoint and hurriedly cleared for publication over the objections of External Affairs Ministry officials. Nayar does confess, however, that Afghanistan is an unfamiliar date-line. And though he had the advantage of making a trip to Kabul last October while other journalists have been denied visas since last summer, he succeeds in adding nothing very new or different to the educated guesswork or diplomat-inspired reports that have focussed on Afghanistan in the recent past.To his credit, Nayar has done a considerable amount of homework and chronicled contemporary events in painstaking detail- right up to Brezhnev’s visit to New Delhi in mid-December. “I did a lot of research and I think I have done justice to the Afghanistan as I see it, Nayar told India Today.Nothing New: But Report on Afghanistan -Nayar’s seventh book in almost as many years -again shows that he remains a better journalist than an author. He is essentially a writer who provides mounds of information but tragically, not enough perspective.What Nayar has obviously done is dust off old diaries written on previous visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan, add doses of second hand rumours and folk lore and stir it briskly with a rehash of his own reports for the Indian Express on visits to Afghanistan. The result is that Report on Afghanistan offers the reader nothing that has not been said before, albeit in different words.In purely literary terms, the book is equally disappointing. It hops, skips and jumps from one topic to another with irritating regularity, switching suddenly from a history lesson on Afghanistan to present-day situations. Unfortunately, the haste with which the book has obviously been published shows all too clearly in the bad proofing and even worse editing (“the sky was swarmed with planes”) which severely limits the reasons for wading through Nayar’s book. Perhaps one reason is that the book was originally commissioned by the London Times, who had also advanced Nayar some money. But the protracted union trouble in the Times group forced Nayar to switch literary allegiances and turn to a local publisher. But perhaps the best argument for castigating Nayar’s book on Afghanistan is the fact that that embattled country certainly deserves better.advertisementlast_img read more