Young people must be empowered to drive South Africa’s development

first_imgThe recently held elections in South Africa once again shone a spotlight on the importance of active citizenry, pride and patriotism in our country and its heritage as well as an indomitable our hope for a better future.For many of our youth who were born during the two decades of democratic freedom in our country, the elections provided a powerful reminder of how citizens can pool their collective power to make a difference to our country.  We ourselves own the power to build the South Africa we want to see by 2030.Young people are a critical force in this.  You have the enthusiasm, vibrancy, courage and spirit to do things differently, to make changes that will bring a better life for the millions of our people.Is it any wonder that many of the innovations we most enjoy in our lives were spearheaded by young people and it is these individuals that continue to inspire us – young and old alike.  People like Steve Jobs who inspired the Apple revolution throughout the world.In South Africa we have people like Mandla Maseko who will be the first black South African astronaut and Siya Xuza who has had a minor planet named after him by NASA based on his ground breaking work.  A little piece of South Africa lives in space through the planet named Siyaxuza.We may not know what active citizenship is as a concept but when we look at people like Siya Xuza and Mandla Maseko, we realise that the meaning does not matter.  What matters is that these inspiring young people have done what they could, when they could with the resources they could!  They were excellent at what they needed to do in their respective fields and soon enough, they received the recognition and accolades that they deserved.  However, this is not the end for them.  We will yet hear of their contributions to South Africa in particular and the world in general.This is the spirit that must drive the implementation of the National Development Plan which recognises the role young people can and must play in South Africa’s development.Recognising that we have a rapidly urbanising and increasingly youthful population, the NDP or Vision 2030, presents an unprecedented opportunity to harness the talent, passion and energy of the youth to help boost economic growth and development in the country.  By being innovative and creative in how we do this, we will be able to ensure the gainful employment of our young people.The NDP recognizes that all too often young people bear the brunt of unemployment, and as a result, the NDP has adopted a “youth lens” in preparing its proposals to help young people become active, contributing citizens moving forward.The implementation of the NDP will see young people receiving quality education – particularly around maths and science programmes, skills transfer and training.  Government will be expected to play its part by ensuring adequate teacher training as well as enabling infrastructure for schools and tertiary institutions.  Communities and civil society are expected to play their part by developing programmes, together the relevant institutions, to provide life-skills and entrepreneurship training.  Organised business is expected to expand learnerships, comply the tax incentives to support the employment of young people and create formalised graduate recruitment schemes.  The implementation of the NDP will see South Africa become a nation that collectively cares for its young people as envisaged by President Mandela.  The soul of our nation will be carried by productive and engaged young people.Ultimately, the National Development Plan must result in a more united, cohesive society – the words unity in diversity must extend beyond the pages on which I write them.To achieve this, we must all play our part in our individual spaces.  We must each do what we can, where we can, when we can to make our homes, communities and country, safer, happier, prosperous and fulfilled.  I urge each of you reading these words to give them life by going into your community to see what you can do to make someone else’s life slightly brighter.  South Africa has many social and economic challenges.  The National Development Plan clearly recognises this.The Plan also identifies the required interventions that must be taken to address these challenges sustainably and durably.  We cannot and must not be grappling with these 20 years from now.  The year in which we celebrate 20 years of democracy must be remembered in history as the year in which South Africa collectively – you and I included – decided to do things differently to grow our country.  We must begin by prioritising the growth and development of our children, our young people.  They are our greatest legacy.Ms Wendy Tlou is Director: Strategic Marketing and Communication at Brand South Africa{loadposition press_release}last_img read more

Corporate Video: Getting Your Clients to Commit

first_imgGet your clients to spend money on corporate video… and have them feel good about it.All images from ShutterstockAs the contemporary landscape of our industry shifts, more and more of us find ourselves in front of corporate clients. No matter what market you’re in, if you’re trying to make money in this space, you’re likely supplementing your income with corporate video jobs (or relying on them completely).As creatives, we’ve dedicated most of our time to developing our technical skills for on-set or in-post.  We’ve learned to be better shooters, editors, or animators and have not typically learned how to be sales-minded business people. But without learning how to sell video (and yourself), your technical talents will be wasted as you’ll have no clients to do work for.There are dozens of proven sales processes out there and they all share similarities. Here are some of the basic steps for a getting a client to commit to a corporate video project:Corporate Video Proposal Step 1: Build RapportNo matter what you’re selling, you need the person in front of you to like you. You may have heard it before but, “people buy from people they like.” If you want to get hired, you’ll need to establish trust and make them comfortable with you.Whenever possible, proposing or developing corporate video projects, it’s best to have these conversations face-to-face. Being able to see and interpret body language and their environment can help inform you about how to talk to them. Also, being in the room with you will make them more willing to listen to what you have to say. Creating a corporate video is a collaboration that requires buy-in from all involved in the production process.Also, and this is important, make sure (before you ever set up your appointment) that you are talking to the decision maker. If this is not the person who has the power to hire you, you’re wasting your time. One easy way to find this out is to ask, “Besides yourself, is there any one else we need to talk to or get input from? Should we ask them to join us?”Mark Suster, a columnist at Inc., calls this the “Champion” sales methodology. Do what it takes to build a healthy rapport with someone who will champion your project.The person who drives through the approval to give your company the go ahead (and secure the budget)… A champion is somebody with both “influence” and “authority.”Corporate Video Proposal Step 2: Problem SolvingConventional sales training usually implores you to find your client’s biggest problem, sometimes referred to as their “pain”. What keeps them up at night? If you can solve that problem for them using your product or service, then closing the business is a snap.For example, if they own a factory and the production line is down because of a broken part, it would be relatively easy to get them to buy a replacement part from you. You’re putting them back in business!However, with corporate video, it’s not always as black and white as that. Generally, you’re solving a less defined form of pain. They think they need video, but they don’t really know what they’re missing by not having it. It’s your goal to show them what that is.Ask them what their competitors are doing with video. Ask them if video could help potential customers get excited about their product or, if their product is complicated, help people to simply understand it. Ask them if corporate video could help standardize and reduce costs for their employee training.And then ask them, “What happens if you do nothing?” Help them see that not having video to help them communicate is their problem and you are there to solve it.Corporate Video Proposal Step 3: BudgetGet comfortable talking about money. Most of us are raised being taught that talking about money is inappropriate or in bad taste. However, when you are trying to get a client to buy video services from you, you have to forget all that. You are not being rude because you are asking how much money they have to spend. You’re trying to help them using the appropriate resources.They will have a budget for this corporate video project – it may be written in stone or it may be number in somebody’s head, but either way you need to find out that number. Once you know what they are willing to spend and what their vision is for the final product, you can craft the scope of work around that. You know what your time is worth and how much it will cost to hire a crew, talent, and equipment or other resources. Know their budget and you can work backwards from there.It will also help you have a conversation about expectations. Explain to them that with a budget of A, it means you can provide B. If they want C, they’ll need to look at increasing their budget to D.Having open and candid conversations with them about the end result, and what it will take to get there, will help build trust and will help you avoid surprises or disappointments.Corporate Video Proposal Step 4: Follow-UpYour next step will likely be to put together a formal proposal or service agreement for them.  Try to follow up within 24 hours of your meeting with them. You need to get them to “sign on the dotted line” while they are still excited about you and the possibilities video can have for them. If possible, try to provide a sense of urgency (“We probably don’t want to wait to start this project, because…”).Most importantly, get a clear commitment of the next steps. The longer they sit on your proposal, the more likely that they’ll forget about it or move on to something else. When you send the proposal, ask for a timeline on their decision and promise to follow-up again. It’s your job to hold them accountable. And last of all, show how excited you are to work with them. Be earnest in your desire to do the work and remind them of the benefits corporate video will provide. Eddie Justo of Creative Cow points out the SEO advantage offered by corporate video, a benefit definitely worth pointing out to your client:Of all the searches that are made on all the Search engines, the highest percentage of the results will be of the videos. Top results of any organic searches will be of video adverts and this means that video adverts will always rank high in the search engines. Therefore, there is a possibility of your video being viewed by many people as it keeps on popping up in many searches. This will definitely increase the traffic on your site and there is a huge probability of improving the sales.Video is a powerful medium and probably something you really enjoy creating. Look at every project as an opportunity for a new experience and every prospect as a potential life-long client.Here are some additional resources for sales training and talking about the benefits of video:Wistia: Why Video?: A VideoScreenlight: 7 Reasons Why You Should Use Video to Promote Your BusinessHubspot: 6 Popular Sales Methodologies SummarizedInc.: How to Develop a Sales MethodologyGot any tips on sealing the deal? Let us know your methods in the comments below!last_img read more

AUSTOUCH WEBSITE CHANGES

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia website will be undergoing a number of exciting changes to the layout and content of the site in the coming weeks.If you have any problems locating information throughout this time please contact Tara Steel technical@austouch.com.aulast_img

2012 State of Origin Series Television Production

first_imgRelated LinksSOO TV Production You will soon be able to see the great New South Wales versus Queensland rivalry from the 2012 State of Origin Series on television.  Television production company, RJ Media used high profile commentators Andrew Voss and John Gibbs to provide commentary for game two of the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions late last week. Voss took to Twitter to praise the talent of the teams on Saturday, similar to what he did following the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, acknowledging some of the Men’s players from the series: “Called a couple of state of origin touch footy games yesterday. Dylan Hennessey still amazing talent. Qld’s Kristian Congoo has got some moves,” Voss said on Twitter. Stay tuned to the website for the dates that the 2012 State of Origin Series will be played on television. To see what you can expect from the State of Origin Series television production from RJ Media, please click on the link below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKwnOymMKnk&feature=plcp last_img read more

9 months agoSevilla coach Machin: Munir wants to be in the front line

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sevilla coach Machin: Munir wants to be in the front lineby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla coach Pablo Machin has welcomed their deal for former Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi.Sevilla swooped for Munir last week.Machin said, “He will bring above all competitiveness. He is a good recruit. Not only for the present, but also for the future. “Many clubs wanted him too and he chose Sevilla FC. He does not want to be in the background, but in the front line. Sevilla is an ideal club for him. “We will try to lead him to his best level.” last_img

The Bachelorette’s Jordan Rodgers Says His Relationship With Aaron Rodgers Is “Complicated”

first_imgA closeup of Aaron Rodgers in his Green Bay Packers helmetMINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Aaron Rodgers is currently the second-most famous person in his family among women aged 18 to 34. The Green Bay Packers’ quarterback’s little brother, Jordan Rodgers, is currently starring on The Bachelorette. The two brothers don’t appear to be best friends, though. Jordan Rodgers appeared on Katie Nolan’s Garbage Time podcast and discussed his relationship with Aaron. (Starts at about the 23:00 mark)From the podcast:“How close would you say you are with Aaron?” Nolan asks. “Um, I, you know, we have, we have a relationship,” Jordan says “We, you know, it’s, ah, it’s, ah … it’s complicated. I’ll say that.”“Are you a Packers fan?” Nolan asks.“Yeah,” Jordan says. “So, one of my best friends in the world, David Bakhtiari, is his left tackle.”That’s…an interesting answer, to say the least.What’s going on with the Rodgers’ brothers?[FTW]last_img read more

CANADIAN ACTOR SETH ROGEN LAUNCHING HOUSEPLANT HIS OWN CANNABIS BRAND

first_imgSeth Rogen (Screen capture taken from Houseplant promotional video) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: “We could not be more passionate about this company and are dedicated to doing everything the right way. It is extremely important to us to treat cannabis with the reverence it deserves. What a time!”Houseplant said Canopy acquired 25 per cent of the business, and invested working capital, but would not disclose any further financial information.Rogen and Goldberg are the business leads of the company, while Canopy in its role as venture partner is providing the facilities, expertise and infrastructure to grow cannabis.“We have been getting to know the Houseplant team for quite a while now and continue to be impressed by their understanding of the cannabis consumer, attention to detail, and drive towards their vision,” Canopy president and co-chief executive Mark Zekulin said in a statement.Rogen, who has also portrayed pothead characters in films such as Knocked Up and the 40-Year-Old-Virgin, is not the first celebrity associated with cannabis to dabble in the pot industry.Tommy Chong, one half of the Cheech & Chong comedy duo, has a line of medicinal cannabis products called Chong’s Choice, available in certain states where legal. In late 2017, director and actor Kevin Smith and actor Jason Mewes — better known as their stoner movie characters Jay and Silent Bob — entered into a brand licensing agreement with Hamilton, Ont.-based cannabis company Beleave Inc. to develop strains. And in 2016, rapper Snoop Dogg struck a deal with Canopy to grant the licensed producer the exclusive right to use certain content and brands such as Leafs By Snoop.However, since Canada legalized recreational cannabis last October, these companies are subject to strict rules governing promotion of the products. The Cannabis Act prohibits the promotion of cannabis, cannabis accessories or any service related to cannabis by means of a testimonial or endorsement or by means of the depiction of a person, character or animal, whether real or fictional. It is also prohibited to present cannabis or any of its brand elements in a manner that “evokes a positive or negative emotion” about a “way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”Any promotion that could be seen as appealing to young people is also forbidden.Houseplant noted that Rogen and Goldberg are not paid spokespeople, but founders and business owners who have been involved in its strategic development and decision making since the beginning.“Since inception the Houseplant team has maintained a strong focus on abiding by the regulations which is why, not due to a lack of opportunity both pre and post legalization, Seth and Evan have not participated in any cannabis related event or promotion in Canada,” the company said in an emailed statement.“They are founders and owners, not spokespeople for the brand and have been very careful not to confuse that.”Houseplant’s team in Toronto consists of a chief commercial officer and marketing manager while its strains will be grown at Canopy’s facilities in Smiths Falls, Ont., the company added.The first strain Houseplant Sativa will be on sale at legal retailers in B.C. starting next month, with hybrid and indica strains to follow. The company said pre-rolled joints and softgel products will also follow later in the year as the brand rolls out across Canada.Houseplant said it does not have any current plans to launch in the U.S. — where cannabis is legal for medical and recreational purposes in several states but is illegal federally — but both its partner and the company have “global aspirations.”The company said there are no current plans for any products branded with Pineapple Express.Rogen and Goldberg’s partners in Houseplant also include the California-based United Talent Agency through its business ventures group.The pair have spent five years preparing for the launch, said Goldberg.“We are so proud to be launching in Canada, our home… We’re excited to be able to share our passion for cannabis with Canadians in this way,” he said in a statement.By Armina Ligaya ~ The Canadian Press Pineapple Express star Seth Rogen and screenwriter Evan Goldberg have teamed up with Canopy Growth Corp. to launch a Toronto-based Canadian cannabis brand called Houseplant.The Vancouver-born actor and the Canadian screenwriter with whom Rogen collaborated on the stoner film co-founded the Toronto-based company along with “other great friends and colleagues.”“We have been working on this quietly for years and seeing everything come together is a dream come true,” Rogen said in an emailed statement.last_img read more

Alberta parents fights for more cultural teachings

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Alberta parent is in a fight with a school district over funding.The district gets money for every First Nation, Metis and Inuit student who attends its schools and now a father of two students wants to see some of those dollars used for teaching culture.APTN’s Chris Stewart has this story.last_img

House committee considers bipartisan pension tax relief for surviving spouses

first_img Categories: Glenn News 06Mar House committee considers bipartisan pension tax relief for surviving spouses Rep. Glenn cosponsors Democratic lawmaker’s billLansing — Surviving spouses will not be subject to a pension tax increase as a result of the loss of their loved one under bipartisan legislation considered Wednesday in the House Tax Policy Committee.State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, an original co-sponsor of Rep. Jim Townsend’s House Bill 4124, said the bipartisan effort to update Michigan’s pension tax exemption so widowed spouses remain eligible demonstrated the issue’s importance.“Surely this is something everyone can agree on, that a grieving spouse shouldn’t be further burdened with a tax increase triggered by the death of their loved one,” Rep. Glenn said. “I did not support the new pension tax to begin with, but until we can repeal it in full, this is at least a step back in the right direction.”Under current law, the age of the oldest spouse determines the tax category that applies to the pension and retirement benefits of both spouses. If the older spouse passes away first, the surviving spouse could experience a tax increase on retirement income.The legislation ensures that surviving spouses continue to receive the same tax rate, limitations and restrictions so long as they have filed a joint tax return in the past with their spouse and have not remarried during the tax year in which they file.During his presentation, Townsend, D-Royal Oak, thanked Rep. Glenn for cosponsoring the legislation and said he is proud to have Glenn’s support.The bill is expected to be approved by the committee next week and go to the full House for consideration.last_img read more

a6CHRIS MURPHYDERRY TO BELFASTHIGH COURT ALLOWS CH

first_img a6CHRIS MURPHYDERRY TO BELFASTHIGH COURT ALLOWS CHALLENGE TO £160m A6 UPGRADE PLANSINFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER CHRIS HAZZARDMOSSBAWN AN environmental campaigner has got permission to challenge a proposed new road through landscape made famous by poet Seamus Heaney.Chris Murphy was granted leave to pursue a judicial review of the A6 upgrade.It is the first stage in a bid to halt the £160m dual carriageway because of concerns over the impact on wildlife in and around Lough Neagh and Lough Beg. ShareTweet Mr Murphy said Heaney’s work was fundamental to the area’s landscape.“The wild and the wet inspired him and he immortalised it in his work,” he said.“You have got dozens of places in his poetry that will be destroyed by the impact of the noise of a motorway so close to Mossbawn”.The environmentalist issued proceedings after the upgrade was given the go ahead by Northern Ireland’s Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard.At today’s hearing, a judge said there was still uncertainty surrounding checks to determine the disturbance to wildlife in and around Lough Neagh and Lough Beg.The judge held that an arguable case has been established on an alleged breach of the habitats directive that gives protected status to both Loughs.He noted that further assessments have been carried out since the department first made checks on the presence of nesting birds, badgers and bats, and to ensure minimisation of disturbance to whooper swans.But the judge said he was unclear whether these actions were part of a fulfilment of the habitats directive obligations.“The court is left wondering about the impact or otherwise of the checks being carried out,” he said.The judge said that any concerns may be eased once further information is supplied.However, he ruled that the challenge should proceed to a full hearing early next year.“There’s substantial public interest involved in a case like this,” he said.“Stopping a major road project is a matter of considerable importance.”The disputed route for the dual carriageway was identified following a public inquiry nearly a decade ago.HIGH COURT ALLOWS CHALLENGE TO £160m A6 UPGRADE PLANS was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: A judge has ruled the challenge should proceed to a full hearing in 2017.The A6 is the main Derry to Belfast road and is heavily used.Mr Murphy, an ornithologist, was granted leave in the High Court to seek a judicial review over an alleged breach of a directive on a specially protected area close to a section of the Toome to Castledawson stretch of the upgrade.The A6 upgrade would also run through a landscape made famous by Heaney including an area near Mossbawn, County Londonderry, the former Nobel laureate’s childhood home.last_img read more