The main admin block at Hilton Collegein KwaZulu-Natal.(Image: Hilton College) The Benoni High School pipe band hasgarnered many accolades.(Image: Looklocal)MEDIA CONTACTS • Hayden BuchholzQueen’s College marketing director+27 72 572 5039• Charles PhahlaneCommunications, Gauteng education dept+27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496RELATED ARTICLES• Education boost for Gauteng• SA business schools gets top rating• SA businesses urged to adopt schools• Tackling SA’s education challenges• New lab tools to help school soarEmily van RijswijckThree of South Africa’s top schools have made it into the 2011 Global Education and Skills: An Oxbridge Guide publication, according to a report.The guide is a collaborative effort between those old rivals, the student unions of Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK.Its aim is to give a broad perspective of schooling around the world, from nursery right up to college level. It shows the quality of schooling available, not just at private, exclusive institutions but also at outstanding government-funded schools.About 55 000 copies will be distributed around the globe, to embassies and decision-makers in the public and private sector.Queen’s College in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal and Benoni High School in Gauteng were included for their innovative approach to the development of their pupils.Queen’s and Hilton are boys-only colleges sharing more than 300 years of excellent schooling. Benoni High School is a mixed-gender school which first opened its doors in 1922.Of the three, only the iconic Hilton College, opened in 1872 and later revamped to reflect its current Cape-Dutch architectural style, is an independent school.The pride of QueenstownQueen’s College, one of the oldest schools in the country, started in 1858. The honour of being listed as one of the 150 exemplary learning centres featured is all the more remarkable if one considers that Queen’s is a normal government school.Hayden Buchholz, the college’s marketing director, says the selection process started in 2010 when the college was first approached by representatives from the two British universities.“It was quite a lengthy process,” recalls Buchholz, adding that inclusion is by invitation only.The accolade will do much to attract positive local and international interest to the school – already noted in the increased number of applications for 2012, some from as far afield as Dubai.“Schools are starting to run themselves as businesses,” said Buchholz. “It is very competitive out there, and it is not just necessary to be good in terms of academia and sport, but also in cultural and social areas.”Queen’s is a fully representative school, reflecting the diversity of the area in which it is located, with most of its students hailing from the province. The school has a 70:30 black-white ratio.The college is likewise popular with Johannesburg parents who wish to send their boys to Queen’s to grow up in the wholesome, rural environment of the Eastern Cape, adds Buchholz.Basically, the guide looked at the school’s diverse offerings, and how well it equips its pupils going into adulthood, says Buchholz.A number of Queen’s old boys have become successful and highly regarded adults in their respective fields, among them former Proteasbatsman Daryll Cullinan and Neville Koopowitz, CEO of major health insurance company Discovery.Tradition and prideIn many respects Hilton College, located in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, reflects the diversity of the modern world. Here pupils come together from as far as Europe and the Middle East, as well as the African continent.While the manicured grounds and immaculate buildings speak of decades of tradition and pride, it is the quality of schooling that goes on inside these buildings which has built the foundation for over 130 years.“Hilton is an all-boarding school,” says Paul Guthrie, director of marketing at the college. “There is a strong camaraderie and bond between the boys, and good manners and gentlemanly behaviour still hold strong.”Guthrie believes the school stands out because of its emphasis not only on typical school based activities, but also on the development of its pupils into well-balanced individuals. The school has a leadership system that requires each Grade 12 pupil to take on leadership roles and respinsibilities.“The idea is that Hilton boys learn early that they are part of a greater whole, that they live within a multicultural society and that they share a common humanity.”Top achieversBenoni High School was established in 1922 and, with its motto of Quam Optime (Latin, meaning “better than the best), has proven itself to be a leader in academic, sporting and cultural activities.While academic achievement is unquestioned, and matric pupils pass with consistently high marks, the school’s teachers are also recognised by the Gauteng Department of Education as some of the country’s best.Since the early 1990s the school band has held national drumming and band champion titles without a break, and in 2006 it took the world title for Grade 4A at the Drum Corps world championships. Pupils also excel at public speaking, art and drama, especially at eisteddfods.On the sporting front, the swimming and water polo teams are known for their success and competitiveness, as are the cricket, football and rugby teams.
The Venturi electric vehicle taking off fromthe Nairobi headquarters of the UNEnvironment Programme.(Image: Venturi Automobiles) Xavier Chevrin with the Mission AfricaVenturi electric vehicle.(Images: Venturi Automobiles)MEDIA CONTACTS • Cecilia KinuthiaUNEP liaison officer for South Africa+27 12 354 8092Cadine PillayAn electric vehicle has begun an unassisted 5 000 kilometre-journey from Nairobi, Kenya to Johannesburg, South Africa – an expedition designed to showcase the endurance of battery-powered vehicles and promote green energy use.The driver, electric car campaigner Xavier Chevrin, left on 11 May after a send-off news conference at the Nairobi headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“We want to break the clichés of electric-powered vehicles,” Chevrin said, “and show that they have a range of uses.”Without any backup, Chevrin will head south through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, before finishing in Johannesburg in late June.It follows a 2010 journey by the adventurer, which saw him driving 13 400 kilometres from Shanghai to Paris in a similar van, in the process setting up a record for the longest journey ever made in an electric vehicle.The vehicle is a bright orange Citroen Berlingo powered by technology developed by French electric car specialist Venturi and is the first such vehicle to make a trans-Africa trip. Chevrin said the six-nation trip would show that electric cars could travel long distances, and were not only for use in the city.The Berlingo will recharge its batteries at electric sockets along the way. It carries three aptly-named Zebra nickel sodium chloride batteries – two more than standard Berlingos – each of which has a capacity of 23.5 kWh, giving the car a total of 70.5 kWh.As with the Shanghai-Paris trip, Chevrin will trust in encounters with local people to recharge his batteries. He plans to use these random meetings to engage with ordinary Africans, inviting them on board the vehicle and showing that clean technology is a vital part of the world’s future energy sources.“The successful completion of such a journey depends not only on incredible performances from a machine, but also the people you meet throughout the entire trip,” Chevrin said.“Without any backup or pre-planned stopovers, you have to rely on chance encounters, hoping to progress each day from one point to the next.”The challengesHowever, one of Chevrin’s big challenges will be limited access to electricity, and the possibility of frequent power cuts in rural Africa. The car has no backup generator, so should he run out of power he will be stranded, adding to the scale of the adventure.“Here in Africa is going to be the toughest so far because of the problems of power supply,” Chevrin said.The Berlingo can cover 500 km (300 miles) without recharge at a maximum speed of 110 km/h (68 mph). Recharging the batteries from scratch will take seven hours.The vehicle also features a raised suspension to cope with bumpy roads.This journey is one of the Venturi Global Challenges, a series of technological and human challenges with the aim of demonstrating the company’s leadership in the field of electric propulsion. Each challenge takes place on a different continent in extreme conditions.Another expedition is being planned to drive an electric-powered vehicle from the edge of Antarctica through the snowy wilderness to the South Pole.Mission to AfricaCalled Mission Africa, the journey is supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and is part of the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, a global initiative led by the organisation’s secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to urge all sectors of society to contribute to improving energy efficiency, doubling the amount of renewable energy produced, and enabling more people to access modern energy services.“We have been using combustion engines for over a century, but now it is a new revolution,” Chevrin said. “Within a few decades it will be logical for everyone to have an electric car as it fits with the philosophy of having to be careful how we use energy.”According to UNEP’s soon-to-released flagship report on the state of the environment, the Global Environment Outlook 5, the current fossil-fuel based transport system accounts for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. This figure is expected to rise to almost one third in the coming decades.Zero emissions are kind to the environment Chevrin pointed out that the electric vehicle puts out zero emissions and is much cheaper to run than petrol-fuelled cars. The Shanghai-Paris trip cost less than US$200 (R1 700) in electricity, compared to the $4 000 (R33 600) it would have cost to use diesel, Chevrin said.“We want to prove that electricity is an alternative energy source that can be used for transportation,” he said.South Africa’s own locally-developed electric car, the Joule, was on display during the recent COP17 climate change conference held in Durban. The car was shown off at the Climate Change Response expo from 28 November to 9 December. The car’s developer Optimal Energy had three fully functioning prototype vehicles on display in three different exhibition halls.Although the company is currently experiencing difficulties in financing the Joule’s continued development and the project is now on hold, it is still determined to bring the electric car to the South African market. But for now, Optimal Energy’s new focus is on electric buses for public transport.
Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, will host various stakeholders at the Gauteng Investment Centre on Thursday 08 June 2017 as part of its workshop to build South Africa’s competitiveness and a cohesive image of the South African Nation Brand. Just how is a nation brand marketed? This is one of the many questions Brand South Africa and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development will try to answer at the nation brand workshop. (Image: Walter Knirr, Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Tuesday 06 June 2017 – The workshop conversations aim to enable stakeholders to assess their role in contributing towards building the Nation Brand and how existing efforts to build a cohesive Nation Brand can be further strengthened.Brand South Africa continuously works with stakeholders around the country on an ongoing basis to bring these conversations, as it is imperative that all stakeholders understand how they can work together to position South Africa as a competitive investment, tourism and business destination.Ms Toni Gumede, Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Government asserts that; “the Nation Brand alignment workshops are a critical part of achieving coordinated and coherent manner of presenting the country. This year we aim to further drive these conversations to all stakeholders, making it inclusive and diverse with the core message, to build a strong Nation Branding.”Topics for this Gauteng session will include “the importance of building a sustainable brand” presented by Mr Bob Mabena and a case study on Nation Brand alignment presented by the Gauteng office of the Premier.Participants will also engage in the Nation Brand Masterclass and site tour of the Gauteng Investment Centre.Media is invited to participate in the workshop as follows:Date : Thursday 08 June 2017Time : 08h00 -16h00Venue : Gauteng Investment Centre, The Place,1 Sandton Dr, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196RSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail email@example.comMobile number 081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrand
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Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A few weeks ago I sent a newsletter to my subscribers about how to be compelling, how to help your dream client take action now. The gist of that newsletter was that in order to know how to compel your dream client you need to know what is already compelling them. I also wrote that it’s about the implications of not changing.Here’s a link to a YouTube video to accompany this post (you might want to subscribe when you get there).But I found a better word to describe what we are looking for: leverage.What Is Leverage?Leverage (noun): 1) the action of a lever, a rigid bar that pivots about one point and used to move an object at a second point by force applied at a third 2) power or ability to act or influence people, events, decisions, etc.You might believe that the second definition is more interesting than the first, but it’s the first definition that interests me. I like the visual of using a lever to pivot around point one and move the object at point two by applying force at the third point.So what is the third point? The third point is the person or persons who stand to gain the most from your initiative (or lose the most by not acting). What is the force you apply to that lever? Whatever is at stake.The third point, those stakeholders who would move forward with you if they could, need help with the object at the second point. Maybe that object is the status quo and its deeply entrenched defenders. Maybe the second point is occupied by the “decision-maker” or the person with the formal authority to bind the organization to a deal. Whatever–or whoever–is sitting at point two needs to move, and the greater the resistance the more leverage you need, the more you need to surround them with people who will press for your initiative and reasons to change now.Implications Create LeverageWeak implications or weak outcomes provide too little leverage to move heavy resistance. The greater the implications and the greater the outcome for your dream client, the more leverage you have, good or bad (even better to use both forms of leverage if you can).If your dream client tells you that they could buy from you as easily in June as they could in October, you have to find the leverage to move that date forward. You need to help them see what they lose over those four months.What does it cost them to wait? Does it cost them increased expenses, lost revenue, or lost profits? Do they provide their competitors a chance to steal market share while they wait? Do they lose the time they need to gain the new competencies that are going to allow them to do something they cannot do now? This is your negative force lever.What do they gain by acting now? Do they realize an immediate financial improvement? Do they gain some strategic advantage? What do they receive for moving the date forward? That’s your positive force lever.Different stakeholders may be compelled by different levers, so it pays to know your audience.Think about some stalled commitment you need? What is the leverage you need to use in order to move your contact off the fence? How do you apply the force necessary to the stakeholders at point three to help you move the heavy object on the other end of the lever?
The steering committee of farmers’ leaders on Sunday rejected the Maharashtra government’s ₹34,022-crore loan waiver scheme, claiming there should be no upper limit.The committee met at the office of Communist Party of India (M) here and demanded the entire outstanding loan be waived. Dr. Ajit Navale, member of the committee, said, “The scheme has an upper limit of ₹1.5 lakh. So if a farmer has an outstanding loan above it, he would not benefit from it. It is not in line with our demand of blanket loan waiver.” A meeting will be held in Nashik on July 9 and the committee will launch a Sangharsh Yatra (protest campaign) against the government, which will end on July 23. Dr. Navale said, “We will hold a State-wide agitation on July 26 as our demands have not been addressed by the government.”Meanwhile, National Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said on Sunday that the farm loan waiver announced by the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party government was not wholly satisfactory. However, Mr. Pawar said his party would support the Maharashtra government and play a constructive role in providing relief to debt-ridden farmers.The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Krishi Sanman Yojana will write off debt up to ₹1.5 lakh per farmer (from the previous ceiling of ₹1 lakh). The scheme is expected to benefit 89 lakh farmers: 40 lakh will become debt-free; the remaining 49 lakh will be provided relief. Mr. Pawar said, “This is the government’s first step towards alleviating debt-ridden farmers. It is too soon for us [the NCP] to say whether it is effective or not… but the ground reality is that a section of farmer leaders are already dissatisfied with the government’s proposals.”The NCP chief said that the government had written off-debts up to ₹1.5 lakh for the period between April 1, 2012 and June 2016. “It ought to have done so till June 2017,” Mr. Pawar said.He said that the party’s second and long-term demand would be to seek the implementation of the recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee to make agriculture viable and stable. Mr. Pawar said, “It is high time the Centre seriously considers implementing it. The government was aware that there would be a record production of tur dal this year, yet it did not lift the ban on the export of pulses.”Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray during his tour in Nashik district said the loan waiver put forward by its coalition ally was “unsatisfactory”. He said, “The farm loan waiver is historic, but it is not satisfactory. We will continue to demand the implementation of the Swaminathan committee’s recommendations, including fair prices for onion farmers and waiving debts till June 2017.”
MUMBAI – Global software major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Monday said it has been ranked among the top three employers in the US by the Netherlands-based Top Employers Institute.“The Institute has also recognised TCS as one of the world’s best places to work for the fourth consecutive year,” said the city-based tech firm in a statement here.The Amsterdam-headquartered independent organisation certifies employers the world over for excellence in creating a total work environment for their employees.Read it at News India Times Related Items
Mumbai, Mar 10 (PTI) DSK Shivajians Football Club, the first division I-League side owned and operated by the diversified business conglomerate DSK Group, has appointed Neel Shah as its CEO “to realise bigger goals”. Neel is known for his deep experience in the development and commercialisation of football in North America and Asia over the past 13 years, while holding senior positions with Major League Soccer, Dentsu and Libero Sports, a media release from the club said today. He would now be instrumental in the management of the football club, its academy set up in partnership with iconic England club Liverpool FC, and programming partnerships for DSK Groups sports infrastructure projects, the release said. Speaking on the appointment, Shirish Kulkarni, Executive Director of DSK Group and Chairman of DSK Shivajians FC, said, “DSK Group has ambitious plans to raise the level of football in the country from the ground up, and Neel Shah is the ideal person to lead us in achieving our objectives.” In his new role, Neel is to oversee the club, which is currently the newest entrant into the I-League. In addition, he will head operations for the Liverpool FC International Academy?DSK Shivajians (LFC-DSK), a residential youth programme, the release added. PTI SSR SDL SSC SSC SSB
Struggling Sri Lanka would hope to regain their touch as they launch their title defence against qualifiers Afghanistan in the World Twenty20 at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.Though the contest may turn out to be a cake walk for Sri Lanka, the unpredictability of the format always keeps cricket buffs guessing.What would give Afghanistan hope is the fact that Sri Lanka have been struggling recently. They first lost a series 1-2 in India last month and then surrendered to Bangladesh and Pakistan in the Asia Cup. The islanders’ tune-up for the ongoing tournament has also been disappointing, as they succumbed to both New Zealand and Pakistan in the warm-up games.Adding to Sri Lanka’s concerns is veteran pacer Lasith Malinga. The golden haired talisman has failed to live up to expectations in recent times and quit his post as captain just before the World T20. He is also nursing a knee injury and might not be available for the match. One cannot also deny the fact that Sri Lanka are yet to find suitable replacements for players like Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara who were instrumental in winning them the trophy in Bangladesh two years ago.But the islanders’ strength lies in their batting and the likes of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal would want to use the first six overs at the flat belter in Eden to pile on the runs and the pressure.If they are able to post a decent total, the Lankans have the bowling unit to defend it as well, even without Malinga.advertisementAfghanistan’s entry to the tournament is no fluke. They have battled hard every time in the qualifiers and have made it to every World T20 after 2010. The icing on the cake was when they made it to the 50-over World Cup in 2015, only two years after being handed the One-Day International status.The Afghans remained unbeaten in the qualifiers leading up to this tournament and were able to pull out some special performances from the bag during it.They first beat Scotland where their most trusted batsman Mohammad Shahzad struck a fluent 61. And next they easily skipped past Hong Kong’s challenge, where Shahzad once again was instrumental with a crucial 41. In the last game, Afghanistan convincingly beat Zimbabwe by 59 runs to go unscathed in the main round.But how will the players who learnt their cricket in refugee camps, in a war torn country cope with the likes of Dushmanta Chameera clocking 145 km/ph constantly? They might not have the answer yet but on Thursday all eyes will be on the likes of captain Asghar Stanikzai and Shahzad who have had great runs with the bat in recent weeks.Besides, Afghanistan have quite a bowling line-up of their own. It might not be the best in the business, but capable enough to do what it is meant to.Besides the likes of pacers Shapoor Zadran and Dawlat Zadran, the trump card for the Afghans can be 17-year-old legspinner Rashid Khan, who was the most successful bowler for his team with six wickets in the qualifiers, and has picked nine wickets in the last five contests.This is also the first time that the two sides are locking horns in a T20 International.Squads (from):Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Amir Hamza, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran, Mirwais AshrafSri Lanka: Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shehan Jayasuriya,Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Thirimanne.
No one saw that coming! Quite a few eyebrows were raised when Faiz Fazal was named in India’s limited-overs squad that is touring Zimbabwe next month. (Full Squad) Not many might remember his three-year stint (2009-11) with the suspended Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals. The left-handed opening batsman managed to be part of the club only till 2011 in which he played 12 matches. (Meet Shardul Thakur, rookie pacer called up for Tests vs West Indies) Cut to 2016, Fazal is all set to play under MS Dhoni in Zimbabwe. Riding on his strong domestic performances, Fazal has earned an India call-up and is now the only player in the squad without an IPL contract. Here are 10 things to know about Faiz Fazal The 30-year-old made his first class debut way back in 2003 for Vidarbha against Jammu and Kashmir. Since then, he has played 79 first-class matches and has scored 5341 runs at 40.25.Fazal played 12 IPL matches during his three-year stint with Rajasthan Royal and scored 185 runs. Fazal is currently playing T20 cricket in England.Playing for Hetton Lyons Cricket Club in the Durham County, Fazal scored a couple of centuries this season. His first ton (104) came off 101 balls and his second was a patient knock (108 off 163).Fazal was the top-scorer for Vidarbha in the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season with 559 runs at an average of 39.92 including two centuries. Notably, the left-handed opener is the vice-captain of his Ranji team.Fazal scored a match-winning century for Ambati Rayudu-led India A in Deodhar Trophy final against Dinesh Karthik led India B in January this year.Fazal proved his worth in the 50-over Vijay Hazare tournament smashing 312 runs from seven matches at an impressive average of 52.Fazal asserted he was a big-match player when he scored a ton for Rest of India in his team’s record-breaking chase of 480 against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai in the Irani Cup final earlier this year. Fazal made 127 runs from 280 balls and set a solid platform for his team to gun down Mumbai’s total.Fazal’s first class stats show he can also roll his arm over a bit. The medium-pacer has 20 wickets against his name off 79 matches.Fazal, at 30, had told that his Ranji Team was aiming to become the fittest side in the country. The Indian selectors should have certainly taken note of his statement before adding him for the short-tour of Zimbabwe. advertisement