A news item in a print daily of Tuesday April 12, 2011, headlined “Granny, 75, hangs self” relates that the grandmother had decided to hang herself because she could not afford to pay her grocery bills.Reportedly, the grandmother had been living in the upper flat of her own home while her son, daughter-in-law and their children occupied the lower apartment – rent-free.She had been eking out an existence off the small Government pension, which had apparently not been enough to pay her bills and provide her with sustenance for survival. After paying her utilities, she was not left with sufficient funds to purchase enough groceries on which to subsist; so hunger drove her to take credit from the grocery store, which of course left her in debt that she could not repay. Caught in a vicious cycle of financial straits from which she could not extricate herself, in desperation she ended her life.Needing to go out, the daughter-in-law went to ask her to babysit and discovered the old woman’s body hanging from the rafter of her bedroom.Only a mother knows of the travails she endures to nurture and bring up a child to adulthood, especially a single mother with no support system. And only a mother whose child abandons her in her hour of need knows the agony this mother must have experienced when she had to go hungry, even as she was providing shelter – and probably paying utility bills and property taxes for family members who did not care that she was literally starving.Water and electricity bills had been subsidised for pensioners by the previous Administration; but these were only sufficient for a single person, but property taxes are/were not subsidised, so her cumulative financial problems became insurmountable – to the extent that she saw no way out but to take her own life.With rare exceptions to the general norm, this current generation seems to think that mothers are disposable commodities, only for use as maids and convenient babysitters, without being accorded any status of respect or care as an elderly family member.Their treatment of mothers is generally dictated by their spouses, who would more than likely favour their own relatives.What is so hard about providing a meal for an elderly parent? It is absolutely reprehensible for a child to sit down at a laden table without considering that the mother who nurtured him in her womb, fed him from her breast, then from her plate; who provided the wherewithal for his every need until he could fend for himself, is going hungry – to the extent where she decides that death is preferable to slow starvation, and loss of dignity through having to credit basic foodstuff in desperation, in full knowledge that she most likely would not be able to pay for the items because her pension, which was her only source of income, was earmarked for utilities.The society, the community, and worse of all, family members have all failed this woman and are indirectly responsible for her untimely death. No one should go hungry and become so hopeless that they take their own lives from desperation and inability to provide for themselves the most basic sustenance for survival.Religious leaders should be pivots around which communities circumnavigate their social dynamics – and elders, single parents and children should be under community watch at all times.It is the way of all our cultures; but, sadly, we all seem to have lost our way, as a nation of diverse cultures that once held dear the elders of our society.The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and the Political Declaration adopted at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in April 2002 mark a turning point in how the world addresses the key challenge of “building a society for all ages”.The Madrid Plan of Action offers a bold new agenda for handling the issue of ageing in the 21st-century. It focuses on three priority areas: older persons and development; advancing health and well-being into old age; and ensuring enabling and supportive environments. It is a resource for policymaking, suggesting ways for governments, non-governmental organisations and other actors to reorient the ways in which their societies perceive, interact with and care for their older citizens. And it represents the first time governments agreed to link questions of ageing to other frameworks for social and economic development and human rights, most notably those agreed at the United Nations conferences and summits of the past decade.
Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City SBP president Al Panlilio on Tuesday revealed just four names part of the pool given to the SEA Games committee and they are Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle, Thirdy Ravena and Isaac Go.But nothing is final as of the moment with the deadline of submission extended until September 30, giving the SBP and the new national team coach who will be named by that time, room to do some “tweaking,” according to SBP special assistant to the president Ryan Gregorio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Now it depends on the new coach. After the selection of the new coach, then, the coach will also assess the pool that we will include in the Southeast Asian Games. It will be sooner than later,” said Gregorio during an impromptu press conference at Manila Cafe at NAIA Terminal 3.The team will be composed of a combination of PBA and amateur players. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ “It’s definitely going to be a combination. MVP said that we want to have some youth movement also so we want to have some collegiate players also to get the necessary experience and of course, we also need to have that veteran leadership we can get from PBA.”Gregorio also said the SBP will “revisit” the list and with time to make changes, “everything is a possbility,” including a potential inclusion of 17-year-old Kai Sotto, who is a big part of the future of Philippine basketball.Gregorio added he is not authorized yet to reveal the names of the initial list apart from the four already mentioned by Panlilio.“If boss Al already mentioned it then it’s good to go. We’re just going to add more so it’s really more addition than subtraction.”ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines–Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has submitted a list of 24 names who will comprise the Philippine men’s basketball team for the coming 2019 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son View comments Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Cayetano eyes minor shake-up in Phisgoc as 2019 SEA Games nears
Earlier, the New England Patriots clinched their 11th consecutive playoff berth despite another pedestrian passing performance by Tom Brady.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Julio Jones caught a 5-yard pass from Matt Ryan with two seconds left to give Atlanta a 23-22 lead.Wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus recoverd a fumble in the end zone when the 49ers botched the kickoff return when they lateraled in a futile attempt to score on a razzle-dazzle return.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The 49ers (11-3) nevertheless made it into the NFC playoff field minutes later when the Dallas Cowboys wrapped up their 44-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams.The Cowboys’ win also put the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks into the playoffs. Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Travis reunites with James, former high school teammates Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:54SEA Games: Tabugara delivers wushu gold for PH01:54SEA Games: Inspired by Folayang’s presence, Tabugara delivers wushu gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) sits next to the goal line after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti)The San Francisco 49ers have ended a six-year playoff drought even though they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 29-22 in a wild finish in which they allowed 12 points in the final two seconds.That’s right, 12 points in the last two seconds.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments
A gold miner from Port Kaituma, in Region One (Barima-Waini) was on Monday remanded to prison for unlawful possession of a firearm by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.It is alleged that on February 13, 2017 at 4 Mile Arakaka, Region One, Mark Anthony Chand, 24, was in possession of a 9.2 mm pistol without being a holder of a firearm licence.Bail was denied and the matter was transferred to the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court for May 9. Chand will remain on remand at the Camp Street penitentiary until the court date.
Chelsea players reflect on their 3-0 loss at Manchester City 1 Manchester City completely outplayed Premier League champions Chelsea in a 3-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.The victory sent City five points clear of their title rivals, with two wins from two, while Jose Mourinho was left to reflect on a comprehensive defeat that ended a bad week for the Blues.Following the controversy surrounding Chelsea’s medical staff, the defeat to City meant more pain for fans of the reigning champions.And those rival supporters who witnessed Mourinho’s team cruise to the Premier League title last season, there was a certain sense of schadenfreude on social media.
21. Ander Herrera (Centre midfield) 11 3. Eric Bailly (Centre back) 11 22. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Centre forward) 20. Sergio Romero (Goalkeeper) 36. Matteo Darmian (Centre back) 11 11 11 11 11 Manchester United host Anderlecht at Old Trafford on Thursday evening as they continue their hunt for Europa League success.The Red Devils scored a vital away goal in the first leg tie last week, Henrikh Mkhitaryan netting past goalkeeper Ruben 10 minutes before half time.Further chances were wasted for United to put the game to bed, though, despite Leander Dendoncker’s late equaliser, the away goal does mean Jose Mourinho’s side have the advantage.As long as United keep a clean sheet tonight they will be through, and everyone is riding high at Old Trafford following Sunday’s superb 2-0 win over Chelsea.The performance put in by the Red Devils was arguably their best of the season, and surely Mourinho will keep faith in that excellent 3-5-2 tonight.Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan were rested for the win over the Blues, so are likley to return to the starting XI, but it is expected much of the line up will remain the same as it was on Sunday.So, just who will Mourinho select to play Anderlecht? talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United line up, listed in squad number order, can be seen by clicking the right arrow, above… 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Centre forward) 6. Paul Pogba (Centre midfield) 11 27. Marouane Fellaini (Centre midfield) 18. Ashley Young (Left wing back) 5. Marcos Rojo (Centre back) 11 11 11 25. Antonio Valencia (Right wing back)
getty whoops talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… SORRY Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Netherlands vs England (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTFrance vs South Korea (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTDenmark vs Republic of Ireland (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Croatia vs Wales (Saturday, 2pm) – talkSPORTEngland vs Scotland (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT 2 But the draw for the third qualifying round will take place before those ties, on July 22, with the draw for the play-off round on August 5.The third qualifying round and play-off round ties will take place in August, with the group stage draw then taking place in Monaco on August 30, once all the qualifiers for the competition are confirmed.WHEN ARE THE GROUP STAGES?This is when Arsenal and United will find out who they will face in the group stage, where they will face three other sides as the competition is split into 12 groups of four.The six group stage matches will then take place between September and December, before the draw for the round of 32 is held in Nyon on December 16. Although the dust has barely even settled on what was a fantastic season of European football, the attention turns to next season already.While fans can enjoy listening to England trying to bring home the prestigious Nations League trophy on talkSPORT, club football takes precedence soon after. revealed Chelsea will relinquish their Europa League crown next season LIVE ON talkSPORT gameday cracker TROPHY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Chelsea’s demolition job of Arsenal in Baku consigned the Gunners to Europe’s second-tier competition for a third season in a row.Joining them are Manchester United and Wolves, although the celebrations between the two sides would have been markedly different.United endured a miserable end to the season and missed out on the Champions League spots thanks to a draw at relegated Huddersfield Town.While Wolves marked their first season back in the Premier League with an incredible seventh-placed finish. So what happens now and when is your team in action? WHEN DOES THE COMPETITION START?The draw for the preliminary round will take place in Nyon on Tuesday, June 11 with the draws for the first and second qualifying rounds taking place the following week.The preliminary round ties will take place on June 27 and July 4, before the first qualifying round ties on July 11 and July 18.WHEN DO PREMIER LEAGUE TEAMS ENTER?Wolves will enter at the second qualifying round stage, along with the likes of Espanyol, Roma, Eintracht Frankfurt and Strasbourg, and the ties will take place on July 25 and August 1. GETTY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions latest JIBE LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Wolves will be in the Europa League next season 2 The round of 32 matches will be in February, before the draw for the round of 16 on February 28.The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals will then take place on March 20, the day after the round of 16 ties are completed.
Some loan moves have not gone to plan so far this season.Earlier this week, Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah admitted he has been ‘disappointed’ with his playing time at loan club Leeds. Eddie Nketiah (Leeds, on loan from Arsenal)Nketiah had a host of Championship clubs after him during the summer, including Bristol City, Leeds and Charlton.He chose Leeds, but is struggling to start ahead of Patrick Bamford, who is on a six-game goal drought.After netting a hat-trick for England’s Under-21s side in a 6-1 win over Austria on Tuesday, Nketiah said: “It’s been disappointing for me not to start in the league, I went there to play games and get games.“It’s still early times. I think every time I’ve come on I’ve done well and shown why I think I should be playing.“I think tonight was a good statement and a good way for me to put across a performance and hopefully I’ll be starting in the next run of games.” Dujon Sterling (Wigan, on loan from Chelsea)Sterling enjoyed a productive campaign with Coventry in League One last term, making 40 appearances for Mark Robins’ side.Chelsea starlet Reece James was a loan hit at Wigan last season, and Latics chiefs were hoping Sterling would have the same effect when they signed him on loan in the summer.However, the 19-year-old has managed just one senior appearance so far this season, a 1-0 Carabao Cup loss to Stoke in August.Despite his lack of action, Wigan boss Paul Cook insists Sterling will be given first-team chances.He said: “Dujon’s still getting there in terms of fitness, but he is catching up those minutes in the development squad.“And people will see Dujon in a Wigan shirt soon, that’s for sure. These lads don’t just come here to make up the numbers, they’re very good players.”Tosin Adarabioyo (Blackburn, on loan from Man City)Adarabioyo has played for 90 minutes just once this season, with Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray wary of his fitness.The 22-year-old started against Millwall last month, but was forced off with a knock.Rovers boss Mowbray said: “We have to be careful with Tosin and make sure we don’t keep getting him injured through wanting to play him.“He took a knock and we have to make sure he’s right.” Eddie Nketiah has impressed when called upon for Leeds Ethan Ampadu (RB Leipzig, on loan from Chelsea)Ampadu is yet to play a single minute of club football this season, despite joining RB Leipzig on loan in the summer.The 19-year-old has been warming the bench in the Bundesliga, and his only first-team action in the past two months has come with Wales.Dragons boss Ryan Giggs expressed his concern over Ampadu’s poor loan spell.He said: “It is a concern because Ethan is at the age now where he has to play.“He is such a talent, it’s hard to ignore. But it’s very difficult for him to play 90 minutes and back-to-back games, because he’s not had the minutes.” Getty stalemate 9 Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Arijanet Muric (Nottingham Forest, on loan from Man City)Muric was Manchester City’s second-choice goalkeeper last season and played in every game, but the final, of the club’s Carabao Cup triumph.Claudio Bravo’s return from an Achilles injury saw the 20-year-old drop down the pecking order and secure a loan move to Nottingham Forest.Muric started the season as Forest’s No.1 stopper, but made two errors in an opening day defeat to West Brom.However, he continued in goal for the Reds’ next three league games, before being replaced by Brice Samba.Muric has failed to win back his starting place and his only start since August came in a 5-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal. Ben Wilmot is yet to get a look-in in Wales Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti An unhappy XI of loan players from Premier League clubs Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Tranmere, on loan from Man United)Only four years ago, Borthwick-Jackson, aged just 18, was playing for Manchester United against Chelsea and Liverpool.Louis van Gaal placed his faith in the young full-back, who seemed destined to be the next breakout academy star at Old Trafford.However, unsuccessful loans at Wolves, Leeds and Scunthorpe followed and he is struggling to get into Tranmere’s starting XI in League One.Danny Drinkwater (Burnley, on loan from Chelsea)A loan move to Burnley initially seemed like a good one for Drinkwater, who was frozen out at Chelsea.But he has appeared just once and has been making headlines off the pitch for the wrong reason.Last month, he suffered ankle ligament damage after being assaulted by a group of men outside a nightclub in Manchester.Reports have claimed Drinkwater was attempting to chat up the girlfriend of Scunthorpe defender Kgosi Ntlhe.Drinkwater could be available for selection for Burnley’s trip to Leicester on Saturday. latest Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Eddie Nketiah has impressed when called upon in a Leeds shirt AFP or licensors Alexis Sanchez scored just five goals for Manchester United 9 Ethan Ampadu is regularly picked for Wales, despite his lack of first-team action PEP TALK 9 9 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ appointed AFP or licensors The 20-year-old, who has scored four goals in nine appearances, is yet to start a Championship game under Marcelo Bielsa.And his lack of game time has led to reports claiming Arsenal could trigger a recall clause in January.Below, talkSPORT.com looks at a starting XI of players who are struggling to make an impact in their loan spells. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future statement Arijanet Muric is warming the bench at Nottingham Forest Bent tells Nketiah he should consider leaving Leeds in JanuaryBen Wilmot (Swansea, on loan from Watford)Wilmot’s only Championship appearance has come as an 89th-minute substitute.The 19-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, has possibly fallen victim to Swansea’s strong start to the season, which sees them fourth in the table.The solid defensive partnership of Mike van der Hoorn and Wales international Joe Rodon is working for Swansea at the moment. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Andre Green has come through the ranks at Aston Villa Getty Images – Getty on target targets Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son rookie error Unhappy loanee XI Getty Images – Getty 9 Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Muhamed Besic (Sheffield United, on loan from Everton)Besic starred in a loan spell with Middlesbrough last season, which suggested the Championship was too easy for him.He earned another loan move to Sheffield United ahead of the 2019/20 season, but has not appeared in the Premier League yet.John Fleck, Oliver Norwood and John Lundstram have the midfield positions nailed down at Bramall Lane.Andre Green (Preston, on loan from Aston Villa)Green was mostly restricted to substitute appearances in Villa’s promotion-winning Championship season last year.With a step up to the Premier League coupled with the signing of Jota, Green would have found playing time harder to come by.And despite signing on loan with Preston, he is experiencing the same problems.Explaining why Green has featured just three times from the bench, Preston manager Alex Neil said: “We’ve got a lot of competition but he’s had a couple of run-outs and done okay.“Seani (Sean Maguire) and (Josh) Harrop have been playing very well on the left hand side.“Andre’s not quite at that stage yet but when his opportunity comes along he’s got to take it with both hands” 9 9 Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty Alexis Sanchez (Inter Milan, on loan from Man United)Sanchez endured a horror 18 months at Manchester United after joining from Arsenal.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shipped him out to Inter Milan where he has scored once in three Serie A appearances and been sent off.Sanchez is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a dislocated ankle and tendon damage while on international duty with Chile. 9 Danny Drinkwater is crocked with an ankle injury update LATEST Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ buildlineup.com Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 9 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:53Loaded: 8.77%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Global companies with a presence in South Africa all cite numerous advantages for setting up shop in the country, from low labour costs to excellent infrastructure – and a base to export products internationally.Global companies in South Africa all cite numerous advantages for setting up shop in the country. (Image: Brand South Africa)Jim Myers, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa, says that nearly 50% of the chamber’s members are Fortune 500 companies, and that over 90% operate beyond South Africa’s borders into southern Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and across the continent.“The sophisticated business environment of South Africa provides a powerful strategic export and manufacturing platform for achieving global competitive advantage, cost reductions and new market access,” says Myers.Acer AfricaIn 1995, Acer Africa acquired ownership of a locally based company they had been working with to distribute peripherals and printers since 1980.A leading international PC manufacturer and vendor, Acer recognised the wealth of opportunities in South Africa as local IT companies rapidly came abreast of world standards following the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.For Acer, South Africa’s modern banking and telephone systems and exceptional water and power rates made the country a sound business location.Acer Africa was established as a base to export to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Angola and the islands along the Indian Ocean.“South Africa is the only port of entry to Africa, the only place that one would be able to succeed .” – Peter Ibbotson (Acer Africa)Alcatel“Alcatel has built its worldwide reputation on its production. Investing with local partners [electronics group Altech and black empowerment company Rethabile] in South Africa has meant that we have demanded a high standard of technology and capability, and believe that in many respects South Africa compares very favourably with the most advanced countries in the world.” – Bernard Vaslin, executive vice president, AlcatelAgrid South AfricaAgrid South Africa, an offspring of Agrid International, was formed in July 1999. They are the manufacturers of diesel/petrol engines and agricultural implements for small farmers, a sizeable change from their history of manufacturing for massive farming.Agrid South Africa has focused on exporting their products to Europe and other African countries, more specifically Kenya, Nigeria, Angola and Uganda. However, they recently found a gap in the local market for their products.Agrid chose South Africa for its established and proven manufacturing base, skilled labour at reasonable rates, and readily available management. Other attractions were the expansion of the local motor industry, excellent telecommunications, and the accessibility of sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Australia.“I see South Africa as a low-cost manufacturing base for exporting products to the world.” – Ralph Weeks (Agrid South Africa)Barclays BankAlmost 20 years after disinvesting from South Africa, Barclays returned in 2005, buying a majority stake in Absa, one of South Africa’s “big four” banks.At a cost of nearly R30-billion (£2.6-billion), this represented the biggest single foreign direct investment in South Africa and a historic deal “not just for South Africa and its citizens but also for Barclays,” said Barclays Plc director David Roberts. “Absa is a valuable addition to the Barclays Group, bringing significant scale and expertise in the South African market.”“It’s a huge vote of confidence,” said Dominic Bruynseels, CEO of Barclays Africa and Middle East. “We think South Africa is a positive and growing economy, and we want to be a part of that.”BMW South AfricaIn 1994, BMW opened its Land Rover assembly plant in Rosslyn outside Pretoria, and in 1995 focused on providing one model platform under the BMW badge, namely the four-door 3-series range.“This strategic decision allowed BMW to produce the 3-series in volumes and to the quality standards required to be competitive in the global export market,” said BMW South Africa MD Peter Foster.“The company has recognised quality systems in place to be able to develop new manufacturing technologies, components and systems for motor vehicles in South Africa.”The company recently decided to invest a further R2-billion in the South African facility in preparation for the production of future models.It is anticipated that the upgraded plant will be capable of producing up to 60 000 units per annum. This will, in turn, result in a substantial increase in BMW’s export capacity, to R50-billion worth of BMW exports from South Africa over the lifecycle of future models.The Rosslyn plant recently began production of the fifth generation of the 3-Series – the first time in the history of the plant that production of a new model had started simultaneously with production in BMW’s German plants.Britannia BiscuitsAccess to the local and southern African market was a key factors in Britannia Biscuits’ choice of South Africa as an investment destination.Research found that there was more than enough potential in the region for Britannia Biscuits to set up a manufacturing base for its key products, which include biscuits, snacks and confectionery.The company has found that real production costs in South Africa are lower than in South East Asia, where it also has operations.“You do not get any better in Africa than South Africa. This is the Jewel of Africa … In South Africa you have first world infrastructure and third world costs.” – Britannia Biscuits MD Sam AhmedCisco SystemsCisco Systems established business in South Africa in 1989, becoming the exclusive partner to Dimension Data.South Africa’s transport and telecommunications infrastructure make it the gateway to the continent, and Cisco Systems’ local branch has since become its Africa headquarters.South Africa offered Cisco Systems an educated, affluent and well-trained labour force with a work ethic comparable to that of Europe and America and no apparent language barriers, creating a knowledgeable and business-friendly environment.The company has committed itself to helping develop South Africa through networking academies in association with local universities and technikons.EDS South AfricaEDS South Africa was formed through the merger of three local IT companies in 1995, and by September 1999 was a wholly owned subsidiary of EDS Corp.The company’s entry into the South African market was based on a balance of commercial gain and socio-economic and political stability. It was also motivated by a positive impression of South Africa’s commercial opportunities and the efforts of the government to create a stable business environment.EDS recognised South Africa’s economic growth potential, and believed it could help the country increase its competitiveness in the international market by deploying the latest business tools in the local IT market.EDS South Africa is a founding partner of Savant, a government-led initiative to market South Africa’s IT, telecoms and electronic sectors globally.General Electric“The re-entry of General Electric (USA) to the South and southern African market has been exciting and has well exceeded our operating plan expectations.“South Africa’s excellent infrastructure, together with first-class financial, legal and commercial systems, makes this country a natural location to pursue the significant opportunities of South and southern Africa.“The friendly business environment ensures that we can run our business efficiently, and we look forward to successful and profitable operations in southern Africa that meet our global goals and create wealth for the GE shareholder.” – GE South Africa president Michael C HendryHertz International“With South Africa’s return as a fully fledged member of the international community, there has been a resurgence of both business and holiday travel. As a result Hertz felt that it was essential to establish a substantial car rental operation to service this strategically important, fast-growing market.“South Africa enjoys a sophisticated financial market that can facilitate the rapid expansion of a capital intensive industry like car rental. The market in South Africa presents Hertz with an excellent business opportunity as the country continues to become more closely integrated into the global community.” – Hertz International vice-president Charles ShaferJohnson ControlsDorbel, a locally based company invited Johnson Controls into South Africa to produce seats for Volkswagen worldwide. The company produces cockpit seat liners, headliners and central steering columns, but they have been exporting leather and front ends for Volkswagen since 1995.The decision to come into South Africa was a strategic one, influenced by the reasonable labour rates the country offers and the government’s SMMDP incentive, which was very attractive after the tax holiday was discontinued.South Africa as a business location proved to be the best destination for Johnson Controls. It boasted a brilliant level of intelligence that was complimented by strong commitment and superb service.“The asset of South Africa is its people. They are willing and committed.” – Eleugene Human (Johnson Controls)Levi Strauss“South Africa’s financial industry is dynamic and highly sophisticated, with many South African financial institutions, large and medium-sized, powerfully taking their place on a global stage and successfully competing with the very best and most established institutions in the world.“The dynamics of change and development in this particular industry in South Africa are stimulating new and exciting development in the economy as a whole, and are rapidly integrating South Africa with a greater global village.“To operate in an environment as sophisticated and as dynamic as this has helped Levi Strauss achieve a return on investment two years ahead of projections.” – Levi Strauss (SA) MD Wadell BlackwellSenior FlexonicsSenior Flexonics, a manufacturer of automotive components, set up operation in 1997 as part of the company’s drive to become the lowest cost producer and highest volume sourcer for flexible connectors in the world.Close to 100% of the South African operation’s production is exported to companies such as GM, Ford, Rover and Alpha Romeo. Globally, Senior Flexonics supplies 10% of the world market, with 2% of the total production coming from the South African operation.The company has been able to take advantage of the benefits of the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), an incentive scheme provided by the South African government.The programme is founded on a gradual reduction in tariff protection to expose the local industry to competition, encouraging higher volumes and greater specialisation by allowing exporting firms rebates on import duties and a range of incentives designed to upgrade industry capacity.Senior Flexonics chose South Africa as an investment destination over India and Brazil not only because of issues relating to quality but it to benefit from the easily access to stainless steel and cheap electricity. The production of catalytic converters requires high levels of electricity, which it is able to access at extremely competitive rates.Singapore Airlines“The South African natural environment, its diversity, the richness of its peoples and landscape . its magnificent quality of life with all comforts of the first world provide an irresistible magnet for tourists and for business people who want to explore this exciting country to realise business opportunities.“Aviation will have a fundamental role to play in the expansion of South Africa’s trade and tourism sectors. On its part, Singapore Airlines remains committed to the South African market, and will continue to focus on enhancing its services and exploring new opportunities.” – Dr Cheong, Singapore AirlinesVodafoneThe world’s largest communications company, Vodafone, announced its intention to increase its stake in South African cellular company Vodacom in November 2005.Already controlling a 35% share of Vodacom, the British based communications giant put in a R16 billion bid for Venfin, a holding company whose major asset is a 15% stake in Vodacom.Telkom, the parastatal fixed-line monopoly, holds the remaining 50% of the company.This deal, although not yet complete, will be the second largest inflow of foreign direct investment since 1994. The largest investment in the country was the deal, earlier in 2005, between Absa and Barclays Bank.Volkswagen South AfricaVolkswagen South Africa is a subsidiary of Volkswagen of AG. It is a company that follows the world-class quality standards that are set by their parent company, who also manage to keep abreast of technological development in motor manufacturing.Volkswagen SA is a known leader in affordability and it achieved great success with the introduction of the Citi Chicco in 1995. Apart from exporting built-up units to overseas markets, Volkswagen SA also exports body and engine parts and catalytic converters to countries like Argentina, Spain, Belgium and Germany.Volkswagen SA employs 6 500 people, which makes it the largest foreign employer in the country. Volkswagen SA is committed to providing South Africa with cars of exceptional quality.Originally published 26 June 2002Reviewed June 2005 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
De Wet is also the founder of the Enlighten Education Trust which works with youngsters between the ages of 15 and 25 in the Overstrand area. A non-profit organisation which focuses on life skills, life enrichment and leadership, De Wet makes it clear that Enlighten is not an upliftment programme. Overstrand junior council The first few assembly meetings were soon followed by more practical exercises and now, each week a different group of ten pupils is taken on an excursion to expose the youngsters to something totally outside of their limited life experience. “We take them to art galleries, farms, radio stations, nature walks, and even crazy beach parties. Often experts in the field of interest accompany us.” De Wet was instrumental in launching the junior council eight years ago, and says that in its history Lungisa stands out as the best to date – quite an achievement considering that some junior mayors came from far more privileged and well-educated backgrounds. The couple was touched by the plight of Quayiya, which had such a negative public image that nobody wanted to become involved with it. “It has been the most thrilling and fulfilling year of our lives,” says Theo Krynauw. He adds: “For as long as they want us to be involved we will be involved in this school.” “There are thousands of youth trapped in townships with limited life experience or with experiences only moulded by township life,” he says. “We look at those young people with potential and through our three interventions aim to expose them to other experiences and the bigger world outside.” Their work recently attracted sponsorship from insurance group MiWay, which supports the Krynauws’ outreach programme with a car and petrol and mobile costs. This remarkable success is largely the result of the dedicated investment of time and interest by Theo and Angie Krynauw, and the partnership they have built with Quayiya’s principal, Nkosilungile Lolwana. Zwelihle is a Xhosa-speaking settlement of some 30 000 inhabitants, most of whom are unemployed. “It was as if people had given up on it and couldn’t be bothered any more,” says Krynauw. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Rather than settle down to a sedate retirement, a couple from Hermanus in the Western Cape has pitched in to change the lives of pupils at a school in an informal settlement and, in so doing, has helped the school to double its matric pass rate in just one year. Lungisa is junior mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, where Hermanus is situated. Krynauw refers to him as a “remarkable boy” with leadership qualities that have helped him develop into one of the best junior mayors the area has ever produced, according to Theo de Wet, manager of the Overstrand junior council. “We went up to the school and told them ‘we are here, we are available, how can we help’,” Krynauw recalls. Last year, matriculants at Quayiya Secondary School in the informal settlement of Zwelihle, outside Hermanus, notched up a 66% pass rate – an impressive achievement , because just a year before the school had been classified by the Department of Basic Education as dysfunctional, with more than two-thirds of its pupils failing the all-important Grade 12. At first they would speak to the pupils every Monday during assembly. The couple would arrive at the school with a borrowed public address system and talk to the 1 200 pupils about living a spiritual and motivated life. “This is where we really move beyond the surface and get to know the children. This is where we learn about their hopes and dreams and aspirations.” Junior council members have to undertake at least eight community service delivery projects during their one year term. 27 March 2012 “It is so rewarding to find children with such potential and then to somehow or other connect them with a source to meet their practical needs, be it medicine or bursary money for further studies.” Out and about Ivy Ngoqi and Lungisa Qendu are two such pupils. Familiar with the hard knocks of life, they now believe they have a future. “Our focus is not on religion but rather on raising the values of the children in general,” says Krynauw. “If a person feels they have value, they start to do valuable things.” The junior council is racially representative with the 35 members selected from five schools in the area. The medical needs of the children are not ignored. The Krynauws have negotiated with general practitioners, dentists, optometrists and audiologists in the area to give their time and professional help in the case of emergencies. Getting involved in the community The real thrill they receive from their work is seeing the way the children are beginning to believe in themselves and how they start to visualise their own future, full of hope, says Theo Krynauw. An exceptionally pretty girl, Ivy could also very easily be a Face of Africa model, the Krynauws believe. To help get her modelling career off the ground, which could ultimately help her to achieve her dream of becoming a paramedic, the Krynauws will take her to Cape Town later this year to build a professional modelling portfolio. Life has been very difficult for Ivy since her mother died in December, says Theo Krynauw. But she dreams of becoming a paramedic and, with the couple’s help, is working hard towards that goal. “Some members, such as Lungisa, live in shacks while others come from rich families who travel overseas once a year,” says De Wet. Medical help Two pupils are chosen from the weekly group and are brought in to spend one night with the Krynauws at home. Lungisa, who excels in maths, hopes to further his studies after matric. If all goes well, and with the help of the Krynauws, he will qualify for a R75 000 bursary from engineering group Aurecon, to offset the costs of a civil engineering degree. With a matric pass rate of 32% in 2010, the school had been classified as dysfunctional and seemed to be beyond saving. This was just the challenge the Krynauws were looking for. When the Krynauws moved down to the coast from Pretoria in February 2011 they felt they had a calling, and had their hearts set on becoming involved in the broader community.