South African companies play their part for economic growth at the inaugural Accenture Innovation Awards

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, October 1o 2013 – Brand South Africa Board member Geoff Rothschild today joined a panel of judges at the Accenture Innovation Awards at which South African companies showcased innovative concepts of leading South African companies.Speaking from the event, Geoff Rothschild said, “The 190 entries being showcased at the inaugural Accenture Innovation Index reflects positively on South Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit and ability to respond to the changing business and social environment in the country.”“This spirit is also attested to by South Africa’s ranking on the innovation pillar in the 2013 World Economic Forum’s Competitive Index.  South Africa improved its ranking from 42 in 2012 to 39 in 2013.  Entrepreneurship and innovation is key to driving development and economic growth in countries.”“The Accenture Innovation Awards also highlights the commitment of South African business to strengthening and growing the South African economy while responding to changing conditions in the country.”“The high level participation at this event truly inspires new ways of business doing business in a developing economy,” concluded Mr Rothschild.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: nadias@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Girl killed in landslip in Uttarakhand

first_imgA 16-year-old girl was killed and her parents are missing after a landslip triggered by heavy rains buried their house in Uttarakhand’s Madrama village, an official said on Sunday.“The sudden landslip occurred at 9.30 pm yesterday [Saturday], killing Sunita on the spot. Her father Sher Singh and mother Radha Devi are missing after the incident,” Pithoragarh district disaster management officer R.S. Rana said.According to the sources, six cattle heads and 12 goats belonging to the family also perished in the incident.last_img read more

Amarnath yatra: community kitchens come under CCTV surveillance

first_imgCommunity kitchens that could feed lakhs of pilgrims on the way to cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas would be monitored by CCTVs, officials said on Friday. The Amarnath Yatra would commence on July 1 and continue for 46 days till August 15. This time CCTVs would be installed at each langar (community kitchen) site along the Pathankote-Jammu-Baltal Highway as a security measure, they said. Officials said 105 langars for pilgrims will be available at 17 places in Jammu, 8 in Kathua, 10 in Udhampur and 28 in district Ramban. Halting points have been finalised in all the Highway districts including 6 in Kathua, 17 in Jammu, 26 in Udhampur and 22 in district Ramban from Kathua district (entry point in J&K) to Baltal in Ganderbal district. Mobile toilets have been made available at 17 different locations. Advisor to Governor K. Vijay Kumar on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review arrangements being put in place for the smooth conduct of the Amarnath Yatra. Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma gave a detailed presentation about arrangements being made for the smooth conduct of annual yatra to the cave shrine in South Kashmir. Facilities for the spot registration of pilgrims have been made at Jammu, Sangam, Sarasvati Dham, Vashnavi Dham, Ram Mandir, Purani Mandi. Adequate number of buses have been arranged to ferry pilgrims from Jammu to Pahalgam and Baltal, officials added. Similarly, arrangements for accommodation and shelter sheds would be available for pilgrims at all districts en route, officials said. The Advisor also reviewed the security arrangements and sought details from officers concerned about the scale of deployments along the twin routes of Phalgam and Baltal. The IG Traffic apprised the Advisor of the traffic management plan and condition of Highway from Udhampur to Banihal. Vulnerable points have been identified and executing agencies are at work.last_img read more

Mind to Host Policy Forum January 18

first_img The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will host its first Policy Forum for 2019 on Friday, January 18, under the theme ‘Remove, Reduce, Recycle: An Imperative for Sustaining a Healthy Natural Environment’, at its Kingston Campus, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Story Highlights Director, Business Development and Communication at MIND, Marlene Campbell, said the forum is in support of the fourth National Goal of Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, ‘Jamaica has a healthy natural environment’, and in particular, National Outcome 1, which focuses on Sustainable Management and Use of Environmental and Natural Resources. The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) will host its first Policy Forum for 2019 on Friday, January 18, under the theme ‘Remove, Reduce, Recycle: An Imperative for Sustaining a Healthy Natural Environment’, at its Kingston Campus, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Director, Business Development and Communication at MIND, Marlene Campbell, said the forum is in support of the fourth National Goal of Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, ‘Jamaica has a healthy natural environment’, and in particular, National Outcome 1, which focuses on Sustainable Management and Use of Environmental and Natural Resources.“As an agency within the Government of Jamaica, MIND must support the various policies and programmes. Therefore, in light of the ban on single-use plastic bags, polystyrene foam and straws, which came into effect on January 1, it is only fitting that we do our part in supporting the call for a healthy natural environment,” Mrs. Campbell told JIS News.Presenters at the forum will be Chief Executive Officer of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Peter Knight; and Community Relations Manager at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Rachel Reid.Mrs. Campbell said the overarching purpose of the forum is to help promote the National Policy on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) that was developed in keeping with the Government’s commitment to improve environmental performance and the development of the green economy.The MIND quarterly forums provide an excellent and strategic opportunity for leaders in the public sector, private sector, the academic community and representatives from other sector organisations and civil society, to interface and exchange information on issues of national, regional and global importance.According to Mrs. Campbell, MIND will continue to support the national vision, to improve impact and public-sector appreciation and cooperation, and provide a mechanism for information transfer and knowledge creation among public-sector and other stakeholders. “As an agency within the Government of Jamaica, MIND must support the various policies and programmes. Therefore, in light of the ban on single-use plastic bags, polystyrene foam and straws, which came into effect on January 1, it is only fitting that we do our part in supporting the call for a healthy natural environment,” Mrs. Campbell told JIS News.last_img read more