This year, International Women’s Day is anchored on the global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice, in order for the world to recognise that the growth and development of any nation depends extensively on the empowerment of its women.
Numerous studies continue to show that countries that have expanded opportunities for women and girls in education and work in recent decades have achieved greater prosperity and social development for their nations.
In South Africa, women constitute a large proportion of the economically challenged, especially in the rural areas, and the National Development Plan (NDP) acknowledges this by taking gender – along with race and geographic location – into account through the
proposal of a range of measures that address this inequality. The NDP proposes that the transformation of the economy should involve the active participation and empowerment of women, and that the role of women as leaders in all sectors of society should be actively supported.
Hosted under the campaign theme #PressforProgress – this year International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to set in motion the transformation of empowering women in all settings, rural and urban, as well as to celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.
Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said: “While pressing forward with strategic adjustments of economic structures and innovations of their sustainable growth models, South Africa remains cognisant that equal participation
in economic activities and equitable access to economic resources are the basic conditions for the well-being and development of women. Women are increasingly participating in the national development process, as they are essential for the achievement of
sustainable development. We at Brand South Africa call on all sectors of our society to spearhead the development and empowerment of women.”
Revered for their strength in building the family unit and homes, as well as their contributions to the community, society and the nation — this International Women’s Day Brand South Africa celebrates the acts of courage and determination by ordinary women
who continue to play an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights.
Brand South Africa has once again collaborated with the JCI African Academy to host the SADC Regional Leadership Conference which is targeted at young leaders who are creating positive changes in their communities.
Annually, the conference unites at least 1000 young active citizen from more than 50 partner countries to participate in inspirational sessions, impactful workshops, official General Assembly meetings and fun-filled events to share best practices, exchange ideas and determine the future of the dynamic organisation.
“Youth are an integral part in creating pathways for accelerated socio-economic development for our nation and our continent. As a big part of the population, young people are at the heart of our future, and it is for this reason, that we at Brand South Africa have partnered with the JCI African Academy to harness effective youth development practices. This platform affords us the opportunity to engage with the youth on how they can partake in social cohesion and active citizenship activities because we are confident that Africa’s destiny lies in the hands of our youth,” said Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela.
Brand South Africa invites media to join us for 2018 JCI SADC Regional Leadership Academy
As part of the Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Dakar 1987 Talks and Celebration activities around the Twinning of Robben and Goree Islands, Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, the National Arts Council, SA Embassy in Senegal, DIRCO and Senegalese Ministry of Arts and Culture, will host a series of activities in the week of 10-14 July 2017.
In the context of South Africa’s liberation – political dialogue played a significant role for the nation’s transition to democracy. In this regard the 1987 meeting in Dakar between the ANC and an IDASA delegation, stands out as a significant moment in the history of South Africa’s journey towards democracy.
Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “The Dakar conference would not have been possible were it not for the assistance of countries like Senegal and then President Abdou Diouf, who paved the way for delegates to meet during a period when liberation movements were still banned internally, and the Apartheid regime still presided over a pariah state sanctioned and internationally isolated.”
“Likewise, the assistance that came from governments and individuals who contributed material resources to make the conference possible further attests to the fact that the liberation movement was not alone in its struggle against apartheid South Africa.”
Contemporary developments in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent indicate that political dialogue is not a once-off. It remains a crucial feature of societies transitioning towards democracy and transforming an unequal socio-economic environment.
In global terms, and particularly on the African continent, the success of conflict management and mediation, conflict prevention, and resolution as well as intervention, are all linked to the ability and capability of political rivals to engage in constructive political dialogue.
As part of the week long activities, Brand South Africa in partnership with the Dakar-based CODESRIA host a Colloquium on Thursday 13 July 2017, under the theme, the Power of Dialogue – Past, Present and Future. During the week, the two countries will also sign a Twinning Agreement between Robben- and Goree Islands. This is a significant moment not only to reflect on the past, but to celebrate what Senegal and South Africa have in common.
Dr Makhubela added: “The Colloquium will bring together experts on conflict mediation and resolution from government, civil society and academia, to discuss the role of political dialogue in conflict prevention, mediation, and resolution on the African continent and beyond. The session will also focus on drawing the youth into the dialogue – the goal being not only to impart knowledge but also to provide a platform for them to share their views on the power of dialogue.”
The Colloquium will cover three sessions, where delegates from South African and Senegalese government and other role players will share their experiences and insights with attendees. This will provide the background for further reflections in the second panel discussion between Dakarites from Senegal and South Africa, with the final session focussing on political dialogue in Africa today.
The annual child protection week campaign is set to begin on the 28 May 2017. Child protection week aims to increase awareness, educate and mobilise all sectors of the society to nurture, care and protect its children.
The future of the country is in the hands of our children and it is entirely up to civil society, government and business to safeguard our children. Children’s rights are enshrined in the constitution and as a society, it is our duty to uphold and protect these rights for our children. The government has a zero-tolerance approach towards child abuse, and therefore, the urgency to work together is imperative, to collaborate with the police, prosecutors and courts to ensure that those who hurt, exploit and abuse children are arrested and convicted.
In support of the campaign Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to participate and pledge and share their insights about what child protection means to them and positive messages of support on social media #Protectthechild; #UNsee; #UNhear; #UNspeak to further raise awareness of the importance of protecting our children from disturbing, harmful and inappropriate media content that lead to child abuse.
The Department of Social Development has a 24-hour call centre dedicated to providing support and counselling to victims of gender-based violence as well as report any suspected child labour, abuse, neglect or exploitation:
- Survivors of gender based violence can call 24-hour toll free number – 0800 428 428.
- Free SMS line *120*7867#
- Childline South Africa: 0800 055 555
- Child Welfare South Africa: 0861 4 CHILD (24453) / 011 452-4110
- SAPS Crime Stop: 08600 10 111
- SMS Crime Line: 32211
The nation will always remember struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada as a hero and freedom fighter, but mostly for his magnanimous and selfless sacrifices for a free, just and democratic South Africa,” said Brand South Africa CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela.
Fondly known as ‘uncle Kathy’ to South Africans, the former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada who is being laid to rest today – passed away at age 87 in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Donald Gordon Hospital in Johannesburg.
Kathrada spent 26 years in jail,18 of which on Robben Island – after being convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, with hard labour, alongside Mandela, Denis Goldberg, Andrew Mlangeni, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba and Elias Motsoaledi during the Rivonia Treason trial.
He was released from prison on 15 October 1989, at the age of 60. In 1994, Kathrada was elected as a member of parliament for the ANC, and served as Parliamentary Counsellor to President Nelson Mandela until 1999.
“The freedom that we celebrate today is a precious gift bestowed to us by leaders like ‘uncle Kathy’. South Africa has lost one of its greatest leaders – an honourable man who represented peace and justice for all. In honour of his memory and to celebrate his legacy, all South Africans should strive to make our country better by protecting the freedom that so many who came before us fought for and died for.
“We wish to express our most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of struggle hero. We share in your mourning, and hope you find comfort in the tributes pouring in from the nation and the world,” concluded Dr Makhubela.
Johannesburg, Friday 17 March 2017 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Embassy of Algeria in Pretoria, will be hosting a roundtable discussion to explore opportunities for enhanced investment and trade relations between South Africa and Algeria.
The roundtable comes after a signed memorandum of understanding on political consultations and bilateral cooperation between the two governments. As part of the partnership, it was agreed that a South Africa-Algeria Joint Committee on trade and investment would be established with a view to increasing economic cooperation between the two countries.
Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela said; “South Africa remains an attractive investment destination and is certainly open for business. The South Africa-Algeria partnership sets an example for the rest of Africa and globally for the need for collaboration to find opportunities for investment, moving us closer to regional integration”.
The session will share with stakeholders the investment and partnerships opportunities available in Algeria, particularly in the mining, agricultural, energy and tourism sectors. As well as to gain insight into the experiences and needs of the Algerian business and expat community in South Africa, and to identify and showcase sectors that could be of particular interest to Algerian investors looking to do business in South Africa.
“South Africa is committed to improving its global competitiveness and reputation with a vision to deliver on its growth and developmental imperatives”, concludes Dr Makhubela.
|Brand South Africa, Embassy of Algeria – Pretoria
Exploring Opportunities for trade and investment between South Africa & Algeria
Venue: Crowne Plaza, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Date: 22 March 2017
|9:00 – 9:30||Arrival & Registration|
|9:30 – 10:15||Opening & Welcome
Dr. Kingsley Makhubela, CEO, Brand South Africa
Opportunities for South African investments and business in Algeria
H. E. Mr. A-EL-N Belaid, Algerian Ambassador in South Africa, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary
|10:15 – 10:45||Nation Brand Performance – Setting the Scene
Dr. Petrus de Kock, GM: Research, Brand South Africa
|10:45 – 11:00||Coffee/Tea break|
|11:00 – 12:30||Panel 1: Opportunities for inter-African trade and investment between South Africa and Algeria
H.E. Mr. A-EL-N Belaid, Algerian Ambassador in South Africa
Mr. Yunus Hoosen, Head, Invest SA, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) (tbc)
Mrs. Lerato D. Mataboge, CEO, Trade Invest Africa, DTI (tbc)
Mr. Peter Lekhethe, Senior Business Development Manager, Industrial Development Corporation
Mr. Tsidiso Disenyana, Senior Economist, Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa
|12:30 – 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 – 14:45||Panel 2: Reflections on doing business: Experiences from Algerians in South Africa and South Africans in Algeria
Moe Shaik, CEO: International Division, Development Bank of Southern Africa (tbc)
Prof.Touhami Mokrani, Union of Arab Country Communities of South Africa
Mr. Rabah Telli, Cedarvest
|14:45 – 15:15||Lessons and the way forward for engagement between the two Nation Brands|
|15:15 – 16:00||Networking Coffee/Tea|
Today the world commemorates International Women’s Day, a day that seeks to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Commemorated annually on 08 March, this year Brand South Africa and Owami Women call – a women empowerment stakeholder of Brand South Africa, call on South African businesses, government and civil society to increase women economic empowerment initiatives to ensure equitable access to opportunities.
Bridget Nkuna, Founder of Owami Women said: “The growth and development of a nation depends extensively on the empowerment of its women. Our quest as a nation for inclusive economic growth – including the empowerment of women, the youth, and other members of vulnerable groups should be designed to help us achieve the type of society where everyone has a better life.”
In South Africa, women constitute a large proportion of the economically challenged, particularly in rural areas, and the National Development Plan (NDP) acknowledges this by taking gender – along with race and geographic location – into account by proposing a range of measures to advance women’s equality.
Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “Through various women development and empowerment initiatives, South Africa has begun to undo the dire conditions that marginalised women under apartheid. Our pro women policies and established institutions dedicated to women have over the years facilitated their economic development.
“The political will and leadership demonstrated by the South African government through the NDP 2030 underscores precisely what is required to help us reach our women and to reinvigorate them to partake in the socio-economic development pursuit of our nation.”
This year – International Women’s Day 2017 will be commemorated under the theme ‘Be Bold For Change’ – a call on all global citizens to help forge a more inclusive, gender equal world.
Notes to the Editor
About Brand South Africa
Brand 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. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.
About Owami Women
Owami Women is a not-for-profit organization that provides platforms for deep, meaningful conversation, information sharing, and networking amongst woman in business and at home. We believe that sharing stories and supporting one another as women, creating mechanisms for women to interact provides woman with real tools and information that results in real change in their lives.
Johannesburg, Monday 6 June 2016 – June 2016 sees South Africa commemorate Youth Month which also co-incides with the 40th anniversary of the June 16, 1976 student uprising which is considered a pivotal point in South Africa’s struggle for liberation.
In commemorating this key milestone in the nation’s history – Brand South Africa calls on young people in particular, to embrace the role they have as change agents in South Africa.
Speaking about Youth Month 2016, Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “Young people who are under the age of 35 constitute more than half of South Africa’s population. This is a significant proportion of our country and contributes to perceptions of our nation brand – that we are young, innovative, exciting and agile. We therefore all have a role to play in ensuring that our young citizens have the best opportunities to contribute to building our country and creating a reality that is matched with perceptions.
“The South Africa of 2016 is vastly different to that of 1976 and the role you will play in transforming our country into one that is more equitable, may be slightly different but equally important. South Africa continues to have socio-economic challenges which impact on the cohesion of the nation, and the energy of young citizens should be harnessed to build the country.”
“Indeed, youth must be at the forefront of this struggle in order for South Africa to revive the spirit of pride, patriotism and active citizenship among young people. South Africa’s National Development Plan and National Youth Policy must guide the journey that will ensure young people are included and contribute towards inclusive growth and development in the country,” concluded Mr Makhubela.
Youth Month 2016 is commemorated nationally under the theme: Youth Moving South Africa Forward.
Swartruggens, Monday 14 March 2016 –Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Operation Hydrate hosted an open dialogue at Swartruggens Combined School on Saturday 12 March 2016. Discusssions looked at the culture of human rights in South Africa before participants distributed hundreds of litres of water to the community of Borolelo who are currently experiencing the effects of a severe drought.
The dialogue kicked off with a call by Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba, to all South Africans to stop criticising each other, the environment and government for the challenges we face as a nation, instead, we all need to take action.” This was echoed by social advocate Yusuf Abramjee who said “this is exactly what the Play Your Part initiative is about – active citizenry, South Africans using their skills, time and resources to help each other as citizens we need to see what we can do to tackle some of South Africa’s issues.”
The dialogue looked at, amongst others, issues around, service delivery, education, equality and infrastructure challenges. Panellists included Mr Sean Moodley from the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Mr Sello Hatang – CEO of Nelson Mandela Foundation, Ms Tshegofatso Ramokopeloa from North West University, Councillor Victor Kgari, Ms Lerato Motaung from Civics Academy, Mr Yaseen Theba of Operation Hydrate, and Ms Jeanette Dibetso-Nyathi a political advisor to the Premier of the North West.
At the 2016 State of the Nation Address President Jacob Zuma declared Human Rights Day (21 March 2016) the national day against racism.
It is against this background that The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation launched the Anti-Racism Network South Africa movement (ARNSA) which calls on all South Africans to pledge towards eradicating the scourge of racism in South Africa. At the close of the dialogue all present took ARNSA’s pledge against racism. The CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mr Sello Hatang echoed the words of former President Nelson Mandela who said: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” This is the spirit that South Africans must draw on.
Ms Lerato Motaung project director of Civics Academy said that “all sectors of society need to be committed to building a South Africa that the youth would be proud to inherit. To do so, we need to change the narrative, at present there is a focus on problems and problem solving- this needs to shift to a discourse of building…”
When discussing the Constitution, Ms Tshegofotso Ramokopeloa, Supervising Attorney at North West University’s Community Law centre, said that we need practice Ubuntu within ourselves… negativity starts and ends with us, as individuals…We need to use our skills, talents, time and resources to help each other- being selfish takes us away from democracy…”
Operation Hydrate, describes their initiative as Ubuntu in action, as all the activities rely on volunteers – who are committed to helping their fellow South Africans in need. Mr Theba said “water is a basic need as human beings – it is remarkable to see how many South Africans answered the call to help those worst affected by the drought.” Mr Theba also used the platform to announce that Operation Hydrate will be installing its first bore hole in the North West in the next month. “This is a more sustainable solution to help the community access water”.
Following the dialogue, all panellists accompanied the volunteers of Operation Hydrate to distribute 100 000 litres of water to residents of Borolelo in the North West.
Swartruggens is one of the towns worst affected by the current drought which is the worst in South Africa for 100 years. The town has been without water for 8 months. Representatives from the Premier’s office and the Municipality committed to improving service delivery in the province, and outlined some of the measures currently being explore to provide a permanent solution to the water crisis the province faces.