Brand South Africa encourages South Africans living in Sydney to embrace their homeland’s opportunities.Brand South Africa, is the organisation responsible for managing the country’s reputation and image domestically and internationally. This is done through the development of marketing and communication strategies. The organisation along with South African Tourism will this week descending to Australia and New Zealand to engage with some of the South Africans expats living there.“We are going there to continue conversations and engagement with Global South Africans to not only update them of the performance of the country but to also to promote a spirit of pride and patriotism,” says Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Stakeholder Relations, Mpumi Mabuza.The Australian visit will culminate with a dinner in Sydney today, 12 October with more than 120 expats. The South African High Commissioner in Australia, Ms Beryl Sisulu will also be in attendance at the Sydney event.Promoting South Africa as a dynamic and investor-friendly destination is key for Mabuza as she meets to update expats on the range of reforms and developments under new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over the country’s presidency in February.“We’re reaching out to South Africans living and working abroad to work with us as we promote South Africa’s unique combination of highly developed first world infrastructure with the opportunities that come with a vibrant emerging market economy,” says Mabuza.Since Ramaphosa took over the presidency in February earlier this year, government has embarked on a drive to mobilise US$100bn in new investments in the country over the next five years and implemented a raft of political and economic reforms to spur economic growth. These include overhauling governance at state owned entities; instituting a state capture enquiry to deal with alleged corruption; and implementing a visa review to attract skilled workers and tourists to the country. In addition, a responsible land reform programme is being developed through a process of consultation that seeks to drive growth in the agricultural sector, strengthen property rights, ensure food security and provide certainty for investors and land owners alike.“President Ramaphosa recently announced that a central priority for government this year is to encourage significant new investment in our economy and the government has already implemented a number of policy changes to make it easier to do business in South Africa,” Mabuza said.The engagement will also focus on how South Africans can Play their Part as ‘brand ambassadors’ for the country. The Global South Africans initiative is a flagship programme of the organisation, that is aimed at building nation brand advocacy amongst South Africans living abroad.“As one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets, South Africa has proven that it is resilient, our institutions of governance remain robust and we are committed to legal and regulatory frameworks which provide certainty and support for investors. “We look forward to meeting global South Africans in Sydney as we partner together to take South Africa forward,” she said.
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The Bombay High Court will deliver its judgement on reservation for Marathas on Thursday. On November 29, 2018, the Maharashtra Assembly had passed the Maratha Reservation Bill on 16% quota in government jobs and education for the Marathas, declared a “socially and educationally backward class”. This raises the reservation in the State from to 68% from 52% and crosses the 50% ceiling set by the Supreme Court.“This is a compelling, extraordinary situation demanding extraordinary solutions within the constitutional framework,” the draft Bill says, while suggesting “expedient” reservation for the Marathas.In February, an HC division bench comprising Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was hearing a bunch of petitions by the State government as well as those for and against the reservation. While deciding on the quota, the government had considered recommendations made by the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC).In its 1,035-page report, Justice M.G. Gaikwad-headed, nine-member Commission said it took into consideration several parameters before recommending reservation. The commission took note of the Khatri Commission and Bapat Commission and said, “The Khatri Commission had recommended inclusion of Maratha-Kunbi and Kunbi-Maratha in the list of Other Backward Classes as a sub-caste of Kunbi, but had not recommended inclusion of Marathas in the OBC list.”It also observed that the Bapat Commission was also against the inclusion of the Maratha community in the OBC bracket, which the Maharashtra government did not accept.The commission said in April 1942, a government resolution was issued by the then government of Bombay with a list of backward classes, which included the Maratha community for the purpose of education. But in 1950, when the Central government prepared a list of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs, the Maratha community disappeared from the list, the commission said.In one of the arguments made before the court, former Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi had said, “We have quantifiable data to show that the Maratha community is backward and hence, we had to go beyond 50%.”He said the State government has the power to make special provisions for the advancement of backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.Senior counsel V.A. Thorat, also appearing for the State, had said, “Marathas are known as warriors but the last time we fought a war was 200 years back, so what are the Marathas doing since then?” He had also said, “We do not want political reservation, only educational and social.”An advocate supporting the quota had said, “Till the time Shivaji Maharaj was alive, he took care of the Marathas and ensured a healthy balance (for them) socially and financially. But after him, there has not been any Maratha leader or king. The status of Marathas has been deteriorating, therefore reservation is needed.”The MSBCC had relied on the survey results of only 43,000 Marathas, who constitute around 30% of the State’s total population. Former Advocate General Shreehari Aney had said, “The Maharashtra government has given the Marathas reservation because it has failed to provide adequate education and jobs for them.” He also said the State government has destroyed the concept of equality and violated Article 14 (equality before law) of the Indian Constitution and given Marathas permanent crutches which they will never be able to shed.An advocate opposing the reservation had said, “The legislation is unconstitutional and is against the principle and philosophy of reservation. It violates the cap of 50% reservation. Only 32% remains for the open pool.”
Former chief executive of News Corp’s British newspaper arm News International, Rebekah Brooks, was released on bail early on Monday morning after being questioned over the phone-hacking scandal.The British police had arrested Brooks, 43, as part of an investigation into the allegations of illegal voicemail interception and police bribery. Brooks had resigned over the allegations at News International’s News of the World tabloid, the paper she headed as its editor at the time some of the worst offences happened. She has, however, denied knowing about the hacking. The owner of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, 80, his son James – the chairman of News International – and Brooks would be questioned by a British parliamentary committee on Tuesday. They are likely to face angry questions from politicians about suspicions that Britain’s parliament was misled over allegations of phone hacking by one of Murdoch’s newspapers. The 10-member panel of politicians on the culture, media and sport committee would focus on James Murdoch’s admission that parliament was misled over the hacking allegations. The Murdochs had initially declined to appear at the British parliamentary hearing, but later changed their minds amid escalating political and public condemnation of suspected media abuses at the News of the World. News International had previously pinned the blame for phone hacking crimes on a single rogue reporter who was convicted in 2007.