3 January 2013 Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, which will host the opening and closing of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), will be known as the National Stadium for the duration of the tournament. The announcement was made last week after First National Bank (FNB) agreed to waive its naming rights for the stadium outside Soweto during Afcon 2013. This followed a dispute between the Department of Public Works, the owner of the stadium, and FNB on the branding of the stadium during the tournament. The agreement is in line with Fifa rules on the non-branding of stadiums for Fifa-sanctioned tournaments. The new name will be used exclusively over the course of the tournament. The stadium, also known as Soccer City and The Calabash, is located in Nasrec outside Soweto. It is situated next to the South African Football Association’s headquarters (Safa House). The stadium has hosted the final of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Africa’s soccer showpiece event which kicks off on 19 January and wraps up on 10 February. Source: SANews.gov.za
Johannesburg, 29 November 2013 – Brand South Africa today hosted a special research seminar reflecting on the results of the 2013 Mo Ibrahim Index with a specific focus the South African governance. Participants included ambassadors and Consul Generals from other African countries resident in South Africa, academics, and representatives of the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA).Participants deliberated on the presentation by Brand South Africa’s Dr Petrus de Kock focusing on the key findings and lessons for South Africa in light of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG).The 2013 study saw South Africa retaining its 5th position in the overall rankings while ranking top of the 52 states in Public Management. The Index looks at 94 indicatorsFor South Africa, the most notable improvements in this year’s index are in the category of Sustainable Economic Opportunity where the country’s overall rank went from 8th in 2012 to 5th in 2013.Improvements in the sub-indicators of this category include: Business Environment (6 to 5 in 2013), Infrastructure (12 to 7 in 2013), and the Rural Sector (22 to 21 in 2013)“The importance of governance in the 21st century can never be underestimated. In the past decade African economies have grown at rates more than 5%. This brings about social change which in turn call on governments to implement more effective governance systems to serve the needs of changing economies and societies,” said Dr De Kock.He further said, “If we look at South Africa’s demographic profile, we are quite unique in the Africa continent in that approximately 60% of our population is urbanized. This implies that governance systems at a local level should be geared to serve the needs of increasing the numbers of people living in the urban areas. However, this also means that the country will have to be responsive to the governance needs of the 40% rural citizens and this is precisely because South Africa’s ranking in the rural sector still has a lot of room for improvement,” concluded De Kock.Brand South Africa has welcomed the IIAG findings and believes that over and above the peer review mechanisms already in place in Africa, independent studies such as these will boost the positive trajectory of the continent as a destination for inward flows of investment and tourism.About the 2013 Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governancehttp://www.moibrahimfoundation.org/downloads/2013/2013-IIAG-summary-report.pdfAbout Brand South AfricaBrand 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 abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South [email protected]_SA (https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/[email protected]#DoBestFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comEnds
By Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDMilitary members can face a number of challenges when reintegrating back into the family after deployment. Some challenges may include changes in previous roles and responsibilities in their marriage, finding their place among friends and family, and civilian activities that evoke wartime memories. Due to the stressful events, such as exposure to combat during deployment, reintegration can be more difficult for some. Foran, Wright, and Woods (2013) sought to learn more about how combat exposure impacts marital relationships among military members who recently returned from deployment.Martial Adjustment [Flickr, 4th BCT Deployment by Fort Bragg, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The researchers examined how combat exposure, mental health symptoms, and aggression impacted service personnel’s intent to divorce or separate within nine months post-deployment. Participants included 194 married active duty personnel who had returned from a 15-month deployment to Iraq in 2007-2008. Participants took a survey on base four months post-deployment, and again nine months post-deployment. The survey contained measures for combat experiences, depressive symptoms, PTSD symptoms, intent to divorce or separate, relationship psychological aggression, general aggression, and marital distress. The researchers found that at four months post-deployment over one-third (37%) of service members reported marital problems. During the same time period, the researchers also found that over 43% of participants reported psychological aggression against their partner within the last month. Marital distress, relationship aggression, combat exposure, and PTSD symptoms related to re-experiencing events were all associated with higher intent to divorce or separate. Participants who reported high levels of marital distress and also experienced high levels of combat exposure were much more likely to report intent to divorce or separate nine months post-deployment than those who only had high levels of marital distress, or just combat exposure. This held true even when controlling for PTSD symptoms.Martial Adjustment 2 [Flickr, 130922-Z-OU450-266 by North Carolina National Guard, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Practitioners who work with service members and their families should be aware that service members who have experienced high levels of combat are at particularly high risk for divorce or separation if they are already experiencing marital distress. This could be due to symptoms and behaviors that the service member is showing to the spouse, as well as their own challenges in handling stress. Because they are particularly vulnerable, it is recommended that married military service members who have experienced deployment participate in couple-based programs to reduce depressive symptoms and marital distress, and also to focus on education to reduce the stigma of seeking treatment when needed. For more information about military couples cans be found in the below blogs previously published by MFLN Family Development:Military Couples, Infidelity, and Marriage Education ProgramsCouple Separations: Strengthening & ResilienceInfidelity and Military Couples: Risks & EffectsMilitary Couples vs. Civilian CouplesResource Discovery: Military Family Lifestyle Survey ReportRelationship Stability: What Helps and HindersResearch on Military Enrichment Programs References Foran, H., Wright, K., & Wood, M. (2013). Do combat exposure and post-deployment mental health influence intent to divorce? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32(9), p. 917 – 938. doi: 10.1521/jscp.2013.32.9.917This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
For this Chennai born race-car driver, the need for speed is a family passion. A passion Karun Chandhok inherited in his early days as he saw his father Vicky, also a professional racer in the 1980s, compete and a passion that led him to win the Formula Asia championship in,For this Chennai born race-car driver, the need for speed is a family passion. A passion Karun Chandhok inherited in his early days as he saw his father Vicky, also a professional racer in the 1980s, compete and a passion that led him to win the Formula Asia championship in 2001 when he was just 17. Eight years later, he is raring to go and is part of the Hispanic Racing F1 team for 2010 where he will partner the Brazilian Bruno Senna.The Journey Being crowned the Asian Formula Renault V6 champion in 2006, with seven wins and nine pole positions, over the next three seasons. He competed in the Grand Prix 2 (GP2) series in 2007-08, winning a race in each year. Finishing 18th in the GP2 standings, after clinching the third place at the British event, Chandhok is one of the world’s most promising speedsters.The Mission “It’s been the same since I was three years old, to win the Grand Prix for India,” he says.The Challenge Lack of financial support. “There’s money only for cricket and cricketers. There is no support for any other sport or sportsperson in our country. We neither have the infrastructure nor the funding,” says a disgruntled Chandhok. But he hopes the situation will change once the F1 track in Greater Noida becomes operational next year.The Mentor His father, as he grew up watching him race. But besides him, it is his team that mentors him he says, as they teach him how to walk the fine line between being professional and commercially viable by structuring his life.advertisementby Gunjeet Sra