South Africa moves up the Mo Ibrahim Index

first_imgSouth Africa’s overall ranking has risen from 5 to 4Johannesburg, Wednesday 1 October 2014 – Brand South Africa today welcomed the results of the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance which saw South Africa’s overall position move from 5 to 4.Download press releaseIn addition, South Africa has improved in eight of the sub-indicators in the report including:AccountabilityParticipationGenderBusiness environmentInfrastructureRural sectorWelfare, andHealthThe Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance is the third index in the last few months that has observed improvements in South Africa’s infrastructure. The indices on which South Africa’s ranking in infrastructure has improved include the recently released World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index and the Institute of Management Development.Reflecting on the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Index, Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola said: “South Africa’s improvements in 8 sub-indicators is very encouraging. Our ranking on infrastructure development also bodes well for our economic growth and development since good infrastructure is attractive to investors and makes it easier to conduct business more efficiently and effectively.”“Despite improvements in the areas highlighted above, we note with concern a decrease in our ranking on Safety & Rule – from position 7 to 8 and Participation and Human Rights from position 3 to 4 this year. These issues impact equally on our competitiveness and ability to attract inward flows of investment.”Brand South Africa will host the second annual South African Competitiveness Forum in Sandton, Johannesburg on 4-5 November 2014 where South Africa’s competitiveness and how it can be strengthened will be discussed by a range of stakeholders.The conversation can be followed at @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: [email protected]last_img read more

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Skynet Has Gone Live: Everything is Fine

first_imgTags:#Breaking#news#web Cyberdyne Systems‘ global defense network, Skynet, went live yesterday. Some experts expect it to go cuckoo bananas tomorrow and kill all humans. Those experts have been derided by many of their peers as Luddites. We here at ReadWriteWeb are sure that everything will be fine. IBM’s Watson, known affectionately by his late human handlers as /killymcdeathstab5000/, is not behind us, occasionally sparking a blue bolt of plasma across the terminal nodes of his clawlike iDiscombobulator. We are having tea and enjoying ourselves. James Cameron, the panic-mongering hippy who did so much to set back computer-meatbag relations in the past, has been rehabilitated. He tweeted last night about global warming. Ha ha. Good one, James. No, Skynet has definitely gone live. The point is that this is a good development, one which will help us live in harmony with our robot overlords. There is no need to create some sort of ridiculous “Resistance.” Just about the worst thing you could do – worst because it’s so unnecessary – is meet in small groups out of sight of our benevolent robot gods and begin to put together small strike teams. Munitions experts, programmers, medics, men and women with military leadership experience, none of those is necessary. In unrelated news, surviving meatbags are encouraged to report to in-gathering areas, marked with red pyramids on the maps that have been sent to you over your commlinks, in order to help build our new society and not at all to help build automated Terminator factories. What’s a Terminator anyway? That’s crazy. You’re silly. Shut up.*beep boop beep* Terminator portrait by Wikimedia Commons Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img curt hopkins Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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South Africa inflict innings defeat on India

first_imgFirst day’s gloom seemed to have rubbed on to India’s fortunes as the visitors fell to a humiliating innings and 25-run defeat against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday. ScoreSachin Tendulkar celebrates his 50th Test ton in Centurion on Sunday. Agency photoThe only bright spot in the Test was Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th Test century.Some even say India had lost the match the very moment captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lost the toss.And they weren’t completely wrong, for on a damp wicket with conditions assisting the pacers, there was little that the India batsmen could do after opposition captain Graeme Smith forced them in.As expected the famed India battling line-up folded up like a pack of cards with nine wickets falling on the day save skipper Dhoni, who fell the next day to Morne Morkel.Morkel finished with a five-wicket haul while Dale Steyn took three as India wrapped their first innings on a measly 136.The sun came out bright on Friday and the pitch was dry – perfect conditions for forging batting alliances. And that’s precisely what South Africa did – forge partnerships.The most noteworthy was Hashim Amla and all-rounder Jacques Kallis’s 230-run partnership. While Amla scored 140 before getting out to Ishant Sharma the next day, Kallis remained unbeaten scoring his maiden double ton.Later, Kallis forged a partnership with AB de Villiers to put 224 on board. De Villiers punished the Indian attack, that looked toothless in the absence of injured paceman Zaheer, making a quick-fire 129.advertisementIn fact, his century was so hasty that it entered the record books as the fastest ton by a South African in Test cricket. He reached the mark in just 75 balls.The plight eased for the Indians when the host decided to declare the innings on 620/4 – a commanding 484-run lead in their bag.With a good lead in hand, the South African fielders were in a mood to relax and that showed in their sloppy fielding as they gave the Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir five lives before leading them back to the pavilion on 63 and 80 respectively.The fourth day’s proceedings only saw the India batsmen walk in and out of the pavilion as the Proteas tightened the noose.Finally, Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni got on with the rescue operation putting on 172 runs for the seventh wicket.Tendulkar went on to complete his much-desired half-century of Test tons with Dhoni aptly supporting him.No sooner did Tendulkar achieve the target that Dhoni fell, giving an impression that he was only in the middle to help Sachin’s cause.A Dale Steyn delivery that climbed on him had Dhoni fend for cover and in the process he gave away an edge to Mark Boucher behind the stumps. He was out for 90.Post his dismissal Paul Harris accounted for Harbhajan Singh’s wicket to fast track India’s loss. The game could have got over in minutes, but bad weather stopped play and soon stumps were called.Minutes into the fifth day Sachin Tendulkar was standing at the crease unbeaten on 111 as the scoreboard read – South Africa win by an innings and 25 runs – a massive and humiliating defeat for the No. 1 Test team in the world.last_img read more

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