At Brand South Africa’s inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum at Gallagher Estate on 5 November, leaders in business and government – including South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Goldman Sachs MD Colin Coleman, Brand South Africa board chair Chichi Maponya and CEO Miller Matola, and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane – addressed delegates on a range of issues influencing country competitiveness. Watch video excerpts of their speeches.Colin Coleman, MD at Goldman SachsDelegates from the manufacturing and related services sector said the country should market its pockets of excellence, especially to the rest of Africa. Goldman Sachs’ Colin Coleman speaks of Africa’s potential for growth and development.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe“As a first of its kind in South Africa, this forum will give leaders from all spheres a platform for debating our country’s competitiveness, as well as arriving at a common understanding of how to improve the competitiveness of our economy,” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told delegates at the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum.Chichi Maponya, Brand South Africa chairpersonBrand South Africa chairperson Chichi Maponya said the timing of the first South African Competitiveness Forum was ideal, as South Africa would celebrate 20 years of democracy in 2014. Active citizenship on all levels, she said, was the key to unlocking a brighter future.Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa“As the official marketing agency for South Africa, tasked with building the reputation of the country – the nation brand – and contributing to national competitiveness, we consider this forum as part of our ongoing work to create new platforms and find innovative new ways to bring the country’s position to life,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane“Brand South Africa has been charged with the responsibility to bring South Africans together, to display what South Africa is all about – to tell the world who we are,” said Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency. “We have made great strides in all fields of our work as a nation.”MEDIA CONTACT Dr Petrus de KockResearch manager, Brand South Africa+27 11 712 5000
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This being an Olympic year, a lot was expected from the Union Budget as far as fund allocation for sports was concerned but Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s total package of Rs 1,152 crore may not please many, including the sports federations.As compared to last year’s Budget in which Rs 1,121 crore was allocated to the Sports Ministry and was later revised to Rs 990 crore, this year’s Budget for sports shows a nominal hike of Rs 162 crore. Out of the total outlay, Rs 721.98 crore has been allocated for sports and games while Rs 310.22 crore has been earmarked for the Youth Welfare Scheme.The Budget has surely came as a disappointment for the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) which had requested the finance minister to consider allocating funds for sports in the range of Rs 4,000 crore. The Budget for sports in the last two years has seen a steep decline from Rs 3315.67 crore in 2010 and Rs 3,670.13crore in 2009. The Sports Authority of India (SAI), which often draws flak for it functioning, has been handed Rs 256 crore – a hike of just Rs 22 crore from last year’s Rs 236 crore. The lack of facilities at the various SAI centres in the country has often come in the limelight and frequently they have run short of food supplements for athletes.Out of the total Budget for the ministry amounting to Rs 1,152 crore, Rs 1,041 crore fall under the ‘plan’ expenditure while the rest (Rs 111 crore) is ‘nonplanned’. In its assistance to the various National Sports Federations, the government will shell out only Rs 110 crore which is an increase of just Rs 10 crore compared to last year’s Budget.advertisementAs expected, the IOA is not pleased with the funds allocated. “We expect our athletes to compete against the likes of Chinese and Americans but when it comes to investing money honour athletes, they give peanuts,” said IOA vice-president Tarlochan Singh.
Terry Walsh had recently guided India to a historic gold medal at the Asian GamesIndia’s chief hockey coach Terry Walsh on Tuesday sprang a surprise by resigning from his post because of a ‘pay dispute’, barely three weeks after guiding the team to a historic gold medal in the Asian Games in Incheon.The 60-year-old Australian, himself a noted Olympian, submitted his resignation in dramatic fashion, saying that he was finding it difficult to adjust to the decision making style of the sporting bureaucracy in the country.”I hereby tender my resignation as the Chief Coach, Indian Men’s Hockey Team, effective as per the details of my contract or as agreed to by all concerned parties,” Walsh said in a letter sent to SAI Director General Jiji Thomson on October 19.”I am finding considerable difficulty adjusting to the decision making style of the sporting bureaucracy in India which I believe, in the long term, is not in the best interests of Indian Hockey or it’s players,” said Walsh under whom India also won a silver in Glasgow Commonwealth Games.It is, however, learnt that Walsh and some other support staff were having some issues with the government over TDS (Tax Deduction at Source) on their salaries.Interestingly, Walsh also said that he would not like to continue with the top job on account of constant travelling with the team.”In addition to my difficulties with not being able to professionally operate within these bureaucratic confines, I am not willing to continue with the constant time away from my family in Australia. My current commitment places too much stress on my personal life.advertisement”Over the recent twelve month period I have become particularly attached to the playing group. In future years I would enjoy the prospect of retaining some involvement with the team and Indian Hockey,” said the former Olympian who was part of Australia’s silver winning team in 1976 Olympics.Walsh thanked the SAI for giving him an opportunity to work as head coach of the team.”May I thank you for the honour and opportunity to have worked with an Indian National Program for the last twelve months. I wish the Sports Authority of India every success as it builds into and beyond the 2016 Olympic Games,” he said.In an e-mail circulated to the media, Hockey India President Narinder Batra said that Walsh had issues with the SAI over his contract.”Besides other issues he (Walsh) has issues with his contract with SAI, which now after his resignation expires on 19.11.2014,” Batra said.”We suggest if SAI can have a re-look at his contract before 19.11.2014 so that he may continue till Olympic 2016. We suggest for a meeting between SAI and Mr Walsh,” he said.