Coca-Cola moves Africa HQ to Jozi

first_img21 August 2006International beverage giant Coca-Cola is relocating its Africa group head office from Windsor in the UK to Johannesburg, a move seen as a clear signal of the company’s commitment to the African market, and South Africa in particular.“The commercial aviation infrastructure, the telecoms infrastructure, the whole commercial environment is improving across Africa, and now is the right time for us to move our base to Africa, and Johannesburg is the location of choice,” Alex Cummings, president of Coca-Cola South Africa, said on the Moneyweb Power Hour.South Africa is by far Coca-Cola’s largest market in Africa, two-and-a-half times that of the second biggest, Nigeria. It makes up 40% of the company’s African revenue.In 2005, Coca-Cola’s South African turnover grew by 8% to 10% – a higher rate than GDP, which stood at 4.9%.“South Africa … has the most developed infrastructure,” Cummings said. “South Africa is our biggest business and, frankly, Johannesburg is the business capital of South Africa. And so if we’re going to move to South Africa, Johannesburg was the logical place to base our offices.”The move to Johannesburg will integrate the group’s leadership with the 60 000 associates who make up the Coca-Cola System in Africa, and bring its leadership closer to customers, suppliers and business partners.The Coca-Cola Company first entered Africa in 1928 with a beverage manufacturing plant based in South Africa. Since 2000 the company and its bottling partners have invested more than U$600-million in plants, manufacturing and distribution across the continent.Painting Africa redAccording to company statistics, Coca-Cola sells an average of 235 beverages, of all products, to each man, woman and child in South Africa every year – a rough total of over 10-billion units. The world per capita average is 77 units.In an article on brandchannel.com titled Painting South Africa R, Ron Irwin argues that Coke’s success in Africa “has been due to its savvy advertising as well as its ubiquitous involvement in local community life.“City dwellers in South Africa cannot fail to notice the Coke signs installed in every shop and roadside stand, but Coke has taken the initiative to reach poorer South Africans in rural areas as well. To this end it has initiated sports sponsorships, sports development, entrepreneurial development, scholarships and education projects.“It has also relentlessly found ways to get its products trucked into even the most remote corners of Africa, and has cultivated a reputation for corporate honesty and openness that has won the respect of African businesspeople from Cape Town to Madagascar.”Coca-Cola Africa’s group office relocation will begin in January 2007 and should be complete by June of that year.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Africa ‘must have voice in global bodies’

first_img21 February 2012International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, speaking at a G20 ministerial meeting in Mexico on Monday, reiterated South Africa’s call for developing countries, particularly those in Africa, to be given a voice in major global institutions.Nkoana-Mashabane said the G20 could play an important leadership role, based on the values and principles that underpin the United Nations Charter, to address the world’s many needs and challenges.Citing the UN Security Council as an example, the minister said it was one of the global governance institutions that should be more representative – in both composition and decision-making processes – of the international community.“The world is in need of comprehensive reform of the UNSC, which involves an expanded Council in both the permanent and non-permanent categories, and with improved working methods,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.She said South Africa was committed to working with the G20 and like-minded countries to make a real difference in helping to unblock stalled negotiations, where appropriate, to facilitate the implementation of agreements already reached, and in reforming the multilateral institutions that make up the global system of governance.Pretoria and other African countries are pushing for the reform of the UN, saying the continent’s concerns and voices are not being considered.“In keeping with the principle of equitable representation, Africa, which makes up a considerable percentage of the overall membership of the UN, must be represented in the permanent category of the UNSC,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.“A reformed Council will enhance its legitimacy, representativity and effectiveness in global governance.”Nkoana-Mashabane welcomed Mexico’s focus on “inclusive green growth” for its Presidency of the G20 during 2012, while committing to ensuring that “green growth” was not misunderstood or abused by others to impose additional conditionalities on low-income countries in the area of overseas development assistance.She said South Africa regarded the green economy as a tool to assist the globe in achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.“The approach offered by the green economy could prove useful in assisting with the implementation of policies that provide incentives to production, consumption and resilient economic development, protect and use environmental resources sustainably and promote social well-being in the short as well as the long term,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South African endurance swimmer tackles Hawaii’s Valley of Bones for conservation

first_imgRecord-breaking long-distance swimmer Sarah Ferguson, who has swum some of the country’s fiercest ocean passages, has set her sights on the Ka’iwi channel between the Hawaiian islands as her next challenge, all while drawing attention to the detrimental impact of ocean pollution. South African swimmer Sarah Ferguson has tackled some of South Africa’s most challenging open water swims, including the Robben Island Freedom Swim and the Umlanga to Durban endurance race. Her next challenge is the Ka’iwi channel close to the Hawaiian islands at the end of July 2017. (Image: Breath Ocean Conservation)CD AndersonThe former competitive pool swimmer turned endurance open ocean swimmer is hoping to become the first African woman to conquer the mighty 42km Ka’iwi passage, known as the Valley of Bones, at the end of July 2017. Ferguson is already a seasoned endurance swimmer, having swum all the major South African open ocean challenges, including the Robben Island swim and the popular Umhlanga to Durban race.(Image: Wikipedia)In Hawaii, Ferguson will not only face the Valley’s ferocious waves and unpredictable currents, but will also have to be wary of the area’s unique but dangerous ocean wildlife, including various species of sharks, jellies and the illusive but deadly Portuguese Man-of-War bluebottle.Ferguson writes on her official blog the swim is not to be taken lightly, and she has done as much preparation as possible to complete it, including open swims around the Western Cape and the KwaZulu-Natal coast.To counter the extreme heat of the northern summer, Ferguson will swim most of the channel at night, with an able back-up team alongside her all the way.In her introduction on her fundraising page on the GoFundMe website, Ferguson writes: “The main objective of this swim and all my preparatory swims is to create awareness of the dire need for ocean conservation as well as to educate rural communities on the importance of conservation and development.”Partnering with various South African and North American conservation groups, including her own Breath Ocean Conservation team, the I Am Water Trust and Hawaiian community group Deep & Beyond, her trip will not only include the epic swim, but also a series of educational workshops with communities, especially young people, encouraging them to make the necessary changes in humans’ relationship with the ocean in order to protect the planet as a whole. Meanwhile, as she mentally prepares for the challenge of her life, all for a worthy, global cause, Ferguson and Breath Ocean Conservation are accepting donations and sponsorships on her official website and through the GoFundMe page.For more details on her epic swim, visit the Sarah Ferguson website and Breath Ocean Conservation Facebook pageSource: Sarah Ferguson website, YouTubeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

PH volleybelles bow to Vietnam, draw Thailand in semis

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Philippines was hoping for a win that would have given the team a lighter semifinal opponent but will now have to deal with Thailand, which experts have tagged as the gold favorite in this event.But the Filipinos continue to hold on to hope.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We can never tell, the ball is round,” said PH coach Francis Vicente. “We tend to play better when we are up against the wall.”Vietnam overcame the Philippines’ tough stand in the first and third sets to score the victory and set up a semifinal duel with Indonesia. Alyssa Valdez of the Philippines attacks the defense of Vietnam during their women’s volleyball match in the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The Vietnamese prevailed, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team must now take the road it had hoped to avoid in the semifinals.The Nationals are now headed to a semifinal showdown against world-class Thailand after absorbing a stinging 26-24, 25-12, 25-23 defeat to Vietnam Friday at MITEC Hall 11.ADVERTISEMENT Vietnam, the 2015 SEA Games silver winner, relied on Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, who had 14 points and team captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, who made 11.Alyssa Valdez topscored with 11 points, while Jaja Santiago added 10. Jovelyn Gonzaga had seven, and Aby Marano five. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Arellano pulls rug from under St. Benilde, ends four-game skid Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Vietnamese will face Indonesia in the other group that Thailand swept. Semis is on Saturday.“Everybody played well. We fought well except in the second set,” said Vicente.Down by two sets, the star-studded Philippines stormed to a 16-12 lead in the third but soon encountered problems in service receives and failed to close out the frame.“We should be happy with the result, they did their best but in the second set I don’t know what happened,” bared the mentor.“We lost by a big margin and I was surprised because we used the same combinations,” he said. “In the third set we changed, it clicked but we couldn’t sustain it.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Harvey Norman Promotion

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. The new Fitbit Blaze is available now. Get fit in style with Fitbit Blaze and smart fitness watch designed to help you maximise every workout and every day with features like heart-rate monitoring, sleep tracking, GPS and more. Click here for more information. Run into your local store to get your Fitbit Blaze today!Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Deallast_img

a month ago​Inter Milan, Juventus challenge BVB for Man Utd midfielder Matic

first_img​Inter Milan, Juventus challenge BVB for Man Utd midfielder Maticby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan and Juventus are joining the race to sign Nemanja Matic.The experienced defensive midfielder could be out of favour at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.With United favouring a younger approach, Matic could soon be surplus to requirements.The Sunsays Borussia Dortmund and the two Italian clubs are interested in signing Matic.The 31-year-old will be out of contract next summer, when he would be free to sign for any club of his choosing.Matic is currently behind Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba in the United midfield ranks.He played his first game of the Premier League season against Leicester due to Pogba being injured. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoCrystal Palace eyeing West Brom fullback Nathan Ferguson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace eyeing West Brom fullback Nathan Fergusonby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are eyeing West Bromwich Albion fullback Nathan Ferguson.Palace are searching for a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was sold to Manchester United this past summer.The Daily Mailsays 19-year-old Ferguson has impressed Palace’s scouts this season.Slaven Bilic has given the England U20 international his breakthrough at the Hawthorns, which has seen him operate at both fullback positions.Ferguson has failed to start just one of the Championship leaders’ league games so far this season. last_img

College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 9 Of The 2015 Season

first_imgJames Franklin congratulates Carl Nassib after play.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 29: Head coach James Franklin congratulates Carl Nassib #95 of the Penn State Nittany Lions after a third down stop against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium on November 29, 2014 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Another weekend of college football, another absolutely insane ending to a big-time contest. This time around, it was Georgia Tech returning a blocked field goal for a touchdown to knock off Florida State as time expired. It won’t surprise you to hear that nobody on our staff picked the Yellow Jackets to pull the upset.This week’s slate isn’t as exciting as some earlier this year, but there are a few marquee matchups. Ole Miss and Auburn should be entertaining. Florida and Georgia renew their annual rivalry. And Notre Dame visits a surprising Temple squad in front of ESPN’s College GameDay.Dustin Tackett still holds a one-game lead over the field in our competition. Here are our picks for this week.Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.19.07 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.19.23 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.19.33 PMWho do you have?last_img read more

No Toll on Upgraded Road to St. Thomas and Portland

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has emphasised that motorists will not be charged a toll to use the 110-kilometre roadway between Harbour View, Kingston, and Port Antonio, Portland, that is slated for rehabilitation under the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP).“Absolutely not. There is no plan whatsoever for a toll road here…it was never contemplated. This is the only route into this part of the island, and you can only put a toll road where there is an alternative route,” he pointed out.The Prime Minister was responding to questions from residents during the second ‘HOPE for Jamaica’ town hall meeting at the old Goodyear factory complex in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, on July 13, where details of the US$384 million project were outlined.The work, to be carried out by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC), will entail realignment and widening of the roadway to four lanes, and rehabilitation of the road from Morant Bay to Cedar Valley.Loan funding has been provided by the China EXIM Bank, and work is expected to get underway in early 2018.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness advised that the Port Authority of Jamaica plans to upgrade the Bowden wharf in St. Thomas to a bulk port to facilitate the movement of aggregates, such as stone, which are used in construction and other activities.This, he said, is aimed at ensuring the road’s longevity by preserving it as best as possible against elements that could potentially damage the surface.The Prime Minister anticipates that the proposed facility could be leveraged and would be pivotal in developing a potential limestone industry in St. Thomas, which has significant reserves of this mineral.“St. Thomas can become a major player in the mining industry (by providing) limestone and other aggregate materials, as part of the general development of the parish.But when we build the road, we have to provide a multimodal transport system to offer an alternative to the haulage of aggregates on the road. So, Bowden is going to be developed to move those materials, so as to ease the pressure on the road,” Mr. Holness said. “Absolutely not. There is no plan whatsoever for a toll road here…it was never contemplated. This is the only route into this part of the island, and you can only put a toll road where there is an alternative route,” he pointed out. Meanwhile, Mr. Holness advised that the Port Authority of Jamaica plans to upgrade the Bowden wharf in St. Thomas to a bulk port to facilitate the movement of aggregates, such as stone, which are used in construction and other activities. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has emphasised that motorists will not be charged a toll to use the 110-kilometre roadway between Harbour View, Kingston, and Port Antonio, Portland, that is slated for rehabilitation under the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Inside One Of The Best Defensive Matchups In Super Bowl History

During the 2015 regular season, the Broncos and Panthers allowed the NFL’s fewest and second-fewest yards per play, respectively, and finished 1-2 defensively in Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) ratings. It’s only the eighth time the top two DVOA defenses1Using estimated ratings for seasons prior to 1989. have met in a Super Bowl, and the average defensive index of the teams involved ranks third all-time, trailing only Super Bowls XIV and IV. Everyone is obsessing over the study in contrasts at quarterback — Cam Newton vs. Peyton Manning — but it’s the two defenses that should be taking center stage in the lead-up to Sunday, because by just about any measure, this is one of the best defensive matchups in Super Bowl history. BroncosRunning the ball against the Broncos’ defense is like running into a brick wall erected around another, thicker brick wall. It had the league’s fourth-best defensive DVOA against rushing plays during the regular season and was particularly fearsome up the middle, allowing the league’s fourth-fewest expected points per rush between the tackles. According to ProFootballFocus.com’s player grades, defensive end Derek Wolfe was the eighth-best interior run defender in the NFL; Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall also ranked among the top 11 run defenders at linebacker, with Von Miller ranking ninth against the run among edge rushers. If the Broncos have a weakness against the run, it’s in short-yardage situations — they allowed the league’s second-highest power success rate2Defined as the percentage of runs that achieved a first down or touchdown on third or fourth down with 2 yards or less to go, or on first- or second-and-goal from the 2-yard line or closer. — but they offset that with one of the league’s highest rates of stuffing runners behind the line of scrimmage, and they almost never allowed long runs. Only 7.4 percent of carries against the Broncos went for more than 10 yards, the third-lowest rate in the league.And Denver’s ability to stop the run is by far the weaker aspect of this defense. According to DVOA,3Again, indexed relative to the league’s distribution of pass defenses. the 2015 Broncos’ pass D ranks as the 11th-best of the Super Bowl era after blowing away the competition this season. The Panthers’ DVOA against the pass ranked second in the league but was about two-thirds of a standard deviation worse than Denver’s. 2012Chicago140130136 What makes the Broncos so great at defending the pass? For one thing, they led the league in adjusted sack rate, with coordinator Wade Phillips dialing up five or more pass-rushers on 42 percent of opposing pass plays, fourth-most in football. Those plays are statistically graded as blitzes, but in a Denver 3-4 alignment featuring some of the game’s top pass-rushing linebackers, the lines between a blitz and a D-line that simply creates pressure on its own start to blur. According to PFF, Miller was the top pass-rushing edge defender in the game, and his partner on the opposite side, DeMarcus Ware, ranked sixth. Meanwhile, Wolfe and Malik Jackson also finished among the top 11 pass-rushing interior linemen. And when the Broncos do need to blitz from unusual places, safety T.J. Ward can create havoc; he tied for sixth among DBs with a pair of sacks this season.But the front four is only part of the equation — a blitz-heavy scheme falls apart quickly without the ability to cover receivers. This Denver D doesn’t necessarily rely on its secondary as ball hawks; Aqib Talib’s modest total of three interceptions led the roster, and the team’s interception rate was merely average. Instead, all of the Broncos’ primary defensive backs (Talib, Ward, Chris Harris Jr., Darian Stewart and Bradley Roby) and linebackers (Trevathan and Marshall) ranked among the upper quartile at their positions in PFF’s coverage grades, sticking to receivers so effectively that only St. Louis allowed fewer air yards per completion. (“Grading” players is often a fool’s errand, since you can never be sure about coverages and assignments, but when pretty much the entire secondary grades out in the upper crust, those problems are minimized.) And no team allowed fewer overall passing yards per attempt or yards per completion than the Broncos did.PanthersFor all the lofty achievement and outright dominance by the Denver squad, the Panthers’ defense might actually have the edge in star power: Not only will it have arguably the best player on the field Sunday in LB Luke Kuechly, but Carolina’s D also outearned Denver’s in first-team All-Pro selections (3 to 1) and tied it for Pro Bowl nods (4 apiece).It’s indicative of the way these defenses stack up: Carolina’s top defensive players — Kuechly, CB Josh Norman, LB Thomas Davis (playing Sunday with “a plate and probably around 11 or 12 screws” in his arm, which he broke during the NFC championship), DT Kawann Short — can hold their own with anybody on Denver’s roster. But the lesser Panthers defenders aren’t quite as good, which makes Carolina’s statistical profile sort of “Broncos Lite.” Their strengths are similar, but the Panthers are slightly inferior to Denver whether they’re defending the pass or the run.Stylistically, however, the Panthers do operate differently in some important ways. At the most elemental level, they run a 4-3 scheme that relies less on creative blitz packages and pressure from the edges, instead using Short to generate a pass rush from the middle of the defense, and fellow DT Star Lotulelei to occupy blockers and eat up space. The end result was fewer sacks and less pressure overall, but that only makes Carolina’s performance in coverage even more impressive. Despite giving opposing passers the league’s sixth-most seconds in the pocket per drop-back, the Panthers allowed the 11th-fewest air yards per attempt and seventh-lowest completion percentage.It all starts with Norman, who has few peers when it comes to blanketing receivers. Alongside him, the Carolina secondary is littered with such solid cover DBs as Kurt Coleman, Roman Harper, Cortland Finnegan and Tre Boston, all of whom PFF rated among the top half of their respective positions in terms of pass coverage. This depth proved important because Carolina used five or more defensive backs on 463 pass plays this season (26 percent more than the NFL average), more than any other team despite a banged-up secondary that suffered a number of key losses.Speaking of which: The only glaring hole in the DB corps might be Robert McClain, whom PFF rated as one of the worst cover corners in football since signing with Carolina at midseason after a rash of injuries befell the team. But coverage ratings for individual players often don’t tell the whole story, and the rest of Carolina’s roster rates well in pass coverage — Kuechly was graded by PFF as the game’s best cover LB. The all-around cover skills of Carolina’s entire D helped them yield the league’s second-lowest rates of yards per attempt and yards after the catch.Against the rush, Carolina profiled a lot like Denver: It was poor at stopping runners in power situations (worst in the league, in fact), but it also stuffed a lot of runs behind the line of scrimmage. The biggest difference is that, unlike the Broncos, the Panthers did yield some long runs; they ranked 15th at preventing what Football Outsiders calls “open field” yards — i.e., rushing gains starting more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — per carry (Denver ranked second). That’s one reason why this is a good run defense but not a great one.All told, this is the 15th-most evenly matched defensive matchup in Super Bowl history according to DVOA. And the quality of offensive competition each defense will face ought to help level the playing field even more. Denver’s historically great D is facing a very good Carolina offense led by the suddenly amazing Newton at QB; Carolina’s great-but-not-historically-so defense is facing one of the worst offenses to take the field in a Super Bowl — particularly when it comes to passing.The Super Bowl is all about pomp and spectacle, razzle and dazzle, offensive fireworks and star quarterbacks booking FastPass times at the tea cups. Sometimes that leaves little room for an appreciation of subtler things, like defense. But in this case, all eyes should be on that rougher side of the football — it will be a long time before you see another defensive clash of this caliber on Super Bowl Sunday.Check out our live coverage of Super Bowl 50. 2004Buffalo135129135 Source: Football Outsiders, FootballPerspective 2008Pittsburgh133125133 DEFENSIVE DVOA INDEX 1974Pittsburgh139130138 1982Miami12785143 1980Washington11886132 1998Miami133114137 2002Tampa Bay146114148 YEARTEAMOVERALLVS. RUNVS. PASS 2013Seattle137114140 1970Minnesota135118136 Best pass defenses of the Super Bowl era (1966-2015) 1988Minnesota144121146 1999Tampa Bay12791134 1994Pittsburgh131114132 2015Denver135120135 1977Atlanta127115132 1969Minnesota134123132 1991Philadelphia150147142 1985Chicago135119137 2009N.Y. Jets136114134 2003Baltimore135125132 read more