Crystal Palace are set to beat QPR to the signing of West Ham midfielder Momo Diame, the Sunday People say.Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has long been keen to bring in Diame but it is claimed that Eagles boss Neil Warnock has won the race to sign him. Hull were also reported to be interested.Redknapp wants to sign Aaron Lennon as well as Andros Townsend from Tottenham, the Mail on Sunday claim.Diame has long been one of Redknapp’s transfer targetsThe Daily Star Sunday say Redknapp is also looking to buy forward Fabio Borini from Liverpool.Chelsea are extremely confident of signing Loic Remy from QPR despite Arsenal launching a late bid to capture the France striker, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Related West London Sport story: Arsenal make their move for QPR’s Remy Meanwhile, the Mail say Paris St-Germain are keen to tie up a loan deal for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
This year alone, South African President Jacob Zuma has paid official visits to India, Russia, China and Brazil. Earlier in 2010 China became South Africa’s largest two-way trading partner and, in August, China became the world’s second-largest economy after the US.Leadership position in Africa Visiting China earlier this year, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabane announced that South Africa was lobbying China to become part of the global club of high-growth developing markets known as BRIC – Brazil, Russia, India and China. This underscores South Africa’s significance as a leader in Africa, a bridge between the industrialised and developing worlds. That the much smaller South African economy could join four mega-economies in BRIC reflects growing global investor interest in Africa, the last frontier of the global economy. With a population near 1-billion, Africa is the world’s third-largest market after China (1.3-billion) and India (1.1-billion) and is rich in mineral and natural resources.Shifting export priorities While South Africa aims to maintain its substantial trade and investment links with the US, Japan and the European Union, the reality is that these markets’ growth has been severely slowed by the global economic crisis. High-growth developing economies and the next tier of emerging markets – such as the Civets (Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa) – are likely to lead growth in the medium to long term, with slower growth in developed economies. At a UN conference in Beijing in September, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said South Africa would prioritise China and India for exports as the two countries were now its biggest markets. He said “sluggish growth” in the US and the European Union, South Africa’s traditional trading partners, was a factor in shifting export priorities. Two-way trade between China and South Africa grew to US$16.8-billion (R116-billion) last year, according to South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry, while South Africa’s exports to India reached $700-million (R4.8-billion) and imports totalled $280- million (R1.9-billion), in favour of South Africa.Looking to China Zuma’s statements during his China visit reflect this shift in trade. He said the country would look to China for investment in infrastructure projects such transport, renewable energy and mining, as well as in agriculture and car manufacturing. China’s pace of investment has been slow so far, but it has been strategic, paving the way for accelerated future investment. In 2007, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China bought 20% of South Africa’s Standard Bank for US$5-billion (R35-billion) – China’s largest foreign investment to date. China is currently in talks with South Africa’s government to build a $30-billion high-speed rail network between Durban and Johannesburg. The growing relationship with China is likely to both boost South Africa’s global trade and accelerate African development. Since Deng Xiaoping began opening its economy in 1979, China has lifted 400-million people out of poverty with growth close to 10% for more than 25 years. South Africa’s world-class financial sector and deep experience in African markets make it well- placed to lead similar miracle in Africa. John Battersby is UK country manager for the International Marketing Council of South Africa. This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB). 15 October 2010 As the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it.
First-year students participated in a day-long dialogue workshop aimed at enabling them to think and act like the university’s namesake. (Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com. For more free images visit the image library) The goal of the programme is to reach one-million youth by 2020. (Image: openedpractices.org) MEDIA CONTACTS • Debbie Derry Senior Manager: Communication NMMU +27 41 504 3057RELATED ARTICLES • ‘Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011 • New Mandela book released • Mandela Day now a global event • Free tertiary studies on the cards Emily van RijswijckThe Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth is the first tertiary institution in South Africa to introduce a national project aimed at transforming students into life champions.The youth programme, known as Nelson Mandela -The Champion Within (NM – CW), is a national project to equip young people in critical thinking, self-reflection and self-leadership skills.The programme was jointly developed by The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Life College Group. Both are not-for-profit organisations based in Johannesburg.The Life College Group is the brainchild of social entrepreneur and television news anchor Pat Pillai, who is also an Ashoka Globaliser Fellow. Ashoka is a global organisation that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs that have innovative and practical ideas for solving social problems.The programme draws on the vision and values of prominent South African leaders such as former president Nelson Mandela.According to Verne Harris of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, the programme is based on the book, Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela, as well as his extensive personal archive.Changing the way young people thinkIn a statement Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, said that the goal of the programme is to harness the life-work of Nelson Mandela and his generation of leaders to build a nation of champions.“Our goal is to reach one-million youth by 2020 and inspire them to make every day a Mandela Day,” Dangor said. “We will do so by partnering with and offering the programme to schools, universities, companies, civil society and government youth programmes.”Pillai, Life College Group CEO and lead facilitator of the programme says that a great opportunity exists to positively influence young South Africans.“The mindset of the nation and the youth is up for grabs,” he says. “Do nothing and we risk too much.”Although the programme draws on the values of prominent South Africans such as Nelson Mandela, the programme encourages students to be authentic.“It’s not about losing one’s own individuality, but rather a process of deconstructing the Mandela legend to get to the core principles by which he leads his life,” Pillai explains. “We want to help students be the best that they can be.”Launching the programme in Port ElizabethThe programme was formally launched at the Missionvale campus of the NMMU.During the university’s orientation week, about 5 000 new first-year students participated in a day-long dialogue workshop aimed at enabling them to think and act like the university’s namesake.The workshop was facilitated by Life College and NMMU facilitators in an innovative and fun way.“Our belief is that we will only succeed in making our country and world a better place if each one of us lives the changes we want to see in the world,” NMMU vice-chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz said in a statement.According to Swartz, the NMMU will repeat the programme every year until 2020 to achieve its goal of reaching 50 000 students.“By scrutinising the Mandela legacy, students are asked to start thinking critically, to understand the power of their own purpose and to think critically about circumstances and choices, among other things,” Pillai says.Guest speaker at the launch, NMMU chancellor Santie Botha said that Nelson Mandela is an outstanding role model for students.“With this workshop we tell students how to learn from his greatness and to make it their own,” Botha said.Round table facilitator Ruby-Ann Levendal, who is also the director for transformation, monitoring and evaluation at the NMMU, hopes the workshop discussions will help students to see themselves in a new light.“It is really just about triggering a different, lateral way of thinking which our secondary education does not always give our youth,” Levendal says.Become a committed championOn completion of the programme, students are asked to sign a pledge to implement their personal action plans to achieve their champion status. Students also appoint their own integrity partners who will offer support and help them to achieve their goals.Eighteen-year-old Chamonay Johnson who enrolled at NMMU for a LLB degree says she was surprised by how little she know about Nelson Mandela and his life.For Johnson, the take home message of the workshop is that Mandela never gave up, and she hopes to apply this principle in her own life as a student.“It does not matter what it takes, I will get my degree,” she says.More inspirational South AfricansApart from Madiba, the lives and achievements of other noteworthy life champions such as former Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs and Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman, will also serve as inspiration to students.The University of Cape Town, the National Research Foundation, Citadel, the Development Bank of South Africa and other project partners have also signed up for the programme.
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