Zuma appoints new Public Protector

first_img19 October 2009President Jacob Zuma has appointed human rights lawyer Advocate Thulisile Madonsela as South Africa’s new Public Protector. Madonsela replaces Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who left the position on Friday after serving out his non-renewable seven-year term.Madonsela was recommended for the position by a special parliamentary committee following a week of candidate interviews.The Public Protector is an independent institution established in terms of Chapter 9 of the country’s Constitution to strengthen democracy by investigating alleged improper conduct by state agencies or officials.‘Important responsibility’Zuma said Madonsela was taking on an important responsibility. “She will need to ensure that this office continues to be accessible to ordinary citizens and undertakes its work without fear or favour.”An advocate with extensive experience in constitutional, human rights and equality law, Madonsela was most recently a full-time member of the South African Law Reform Commission.As a member of a judicial transformation task team, Madonsela helped draft bills and a strategic plan for transforming the country’s justice system and state legal services as well as the Victims’ Charter and gender and employment equity policy.Zuma thanked Mushwana for the excellent service he had given to the country.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Limpopo’s new standards of success

first_imgStanley Mufamadi, MD of Limpopo’s home-grown Vuwa group, says passion, professionalism and expert knowledge are key to building a successful business. From left, the IMC’s Iggy Sathekge, Belu Mdlalo, Miller Matola, Lindiwe Ngcobo, Leo Makgamathe and Dimape Serenyane at the Limpopo summit. (Images: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • International Marketing Council +27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES • KZN innovators show how it’s done • South Africa is Africa’s top nation brand • Building a thriving nation brand • Eastern Cape entrepreneurs in the spotlight Nicky RehbockSustaining a successful business through diversification and creativity was the focus of the recent Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Polokwane, Limpopo province.Initiated by the International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Each summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.Speaking at the recent summit, IMC CEO Miller Matola said that the branding of South Africa is not a matter of choice but a necessity in every province, requiring the joint efforts of local government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations.Endorsing Limpopo’s role in making South Africa a force to be reckoned with throughout the world, province Premier Cassel Mathale added: “It is the combined behaviour of a country’s people and its attributes that make up a brand or identity. A positive identity – or favourable reputation – promotes global competitiveness.”Mathale noted how the highly successful 2010 Fifa World Cup had, and still is, transforming South Africa’s image, locally and abroad.“The IMC is using that legacy of the World Cup to build a globally competitive brand. They are looking forwards, not backwards,” the premier said.Claiming his spaceAt the forefront of helping breed a successful nation brand is Stanley Mufamadi, MD of Limpopo’s home-grown Vuwa group.Mufamadi said his journey, from working in human resource (HR) management to building a diversified portfolio of thriving business ventures, represents the aspirations of all budding entrepreneurs in the province.“When I came to Limpopo in 1997, there were a lot of opportunities I identified in Polokwane – in HR consulting, in transport and in the tourism and hospitality industry.”“Because it’s always wise to start with an area that you are comfortable with and have expertise in, I made inroads with HR.”Mufamadi set up a company called Vuwa Management Consulting, establishing Vuwa as a brand in itself representing quality, consistency and value.“We chose that name because it’s simple, easy to remember and unique to Limpopo, meaning ‘arise and claim your space’ Tshivenda.”Second was Vuwa Transport Services, which began with just one bus, ferrying workers from Polokwane to a mine site some distance from the city.“The job was done very well – we went from a single bus to operating 12 buses in seven years with no fatalities or accidents. That happened because we had shown commitment to the promise of the Vuwa brand.”From here, Mufamadi branched into tourism with Vuwa Safari and Tours – which now offers a variety of tour packages, overnight accommodation and conference facilities – and a new chain of lodges.“We’ve invested a lot in promoting this branch on radio and in newspapers and we are competing very well at the moment. We’re proud of the space we’re taking in the tourism industry,” he added.Passion, teamwork and strategic investment in operational facilities are among Mufamadi’s secrets of success.“As an emerging operator, you have to invest in communications – you need to be seen, you need to be available and you need to be contactable.“You also need to learn as much as you can about your industry, benchmark against the best and comply with all statutory requirements, especially the South African Revenue Service.”In the Vuwa consulting business, “expert knowledge, competent staff, on-time delivery and quality” are key, Mufamadi said.“The success factors of Vuwa Safari and Tours include strict compliance with road transport regulations, a professional image, participation in international travel tradeshows and expert training.”Central to building the Vuwa brand has been gaining access to financing from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Industrial Development Corporation, among others.“In many instances entrepreneurs battle to access grants and loans because their affairs are not in order – but we can testify that we have received very good support from these institutions.”Next on the horizon for Mufamadi is property development in Limpopo and exploiting opportunities in the local agro-processing industry.  “I want to encourage other entrepreneurs and organisations by telling them that the future looks very, very bright – although there is still a lot of support needed to foster sustainability.“What we need is to see more stock exchange-listed companies that originated in Limpopo – driven by the very people who live here,” he said.last_img read more

Social Networks Study Released – MySpace & Facebook Are Different After All!

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Here is the full paper, in slideshow format: A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit richard macmanuscenter_img The study also has some interesting analysis of business social networking, a subject we’ve been looking into recently. faberNovel Consulting has released a research paper on social networks. The paper is an excellent theoretical overview of social networks and the trends in this important market. I particularly liked the following two slides, showing the types of social networks and how they’re positioned. Interesting that in terms of identity, Facebook and MySpace are at opposite ends of the spectrum – Facebook is viewed as “real identity”, whereas MySpace is “fanntasized identity”! The whole set of slides is below, via Slideshare. Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#social networks#web last_img read more

The Slow Death of Print: RIP PC Magazine

first_imgPC Magazine, Ziff Davis‘ flagship print publication, has announced that it will go 100% digital. The January 2009 issue will mark the end of PC Magazine’s print edition after 27 years of continuous publication. Instead of the print version, PC Magazine will start publishing a digital version of the magazine, ‘PC Magazine Digital Edition.’ Current and new subscribers should see this digital edition appear in their inboxes by February 2009.100% DigitalPC Magazine has been publishing a digital edition since 2002, but at least in its current version, this digital edition only imitates the print version in its layout, which is definitely not the easiest and most convenient way to read text. Also, the problem for print magazines is not the fact that they are physical objects, but simply the fact that a publication which only appears once a month will always lag behind its online competition, especially in a fast moving business like technology news. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web A number of publishers have been experimenting with digital editions similar to PC Magazine’s. The New York Times, for example, has its Times Reader application, which allows offline access to the paper. However, in a world where online access is becoming ubiquitous, these products are at best bridges to a pure online experience. PC Magazine, of course, already has a strong online presence and a number of very interesting blogs and online video shows. The value of PC Magazine often wasn’t in its news content anyway, but in its reviews – all of which are available online, without the need to subscribe to a digital edition of the magazine.Would You Subscribe to a Digital Edition?While we are glad to see that a quality publication like PC Magazine is taking steps to secure its future, it is not clear to us why PC Magazine would put time and effort into producing a digital edition of its magazine instead of just focusing on the online experience. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more