South Africans supported the 2010 FifaWorld Cup and national team Bafana Bafana as a nation united. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Themba MasekoGovernment spokesperson+27 12 314 2150 RELATED ARTICLES • A legacy of harmony and pride • Out of Africa, something new • Top marks for SA’s World Cup • Vuvuzelas conquer the world! • SA ablaze as World Cup wraps upOn 24 September 2010, South Africa celebrates its national Heritage Day, which aims to highlight and promote the country’s diverse cultural expressions – such as music, languages, food, and craft – and heritage. These important factors together contribute significantly to nation building.During this year’s Heritage Month, the South African government will celebrate the successes of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and the contribution of all South Africans in making the tournament the triumph that it was.While events will take place all around the country under the theme Celebrating 2010 Fifa World Cup successes: our heritage, the main gathering will be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 24 September, with President Jacob Zuma in attendance.South Africa’s globally acclaimed hosting of the World Cup has instilled a spirit of hope and the belief that the country can achieve even greater things.“The successful hosting of the tournament has become part of our legacy and national heritage, and will always be a source of inspiration and hope to future generations,” said government spokesperson Themba Maseko.‘Keep the spirit of ubuntu going’Earlier in September, Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana urged South Africans to use Heritage Month to deepen the country’s humanity and unity, as they did during the World Cup.Let us work together to sustain the spirit of ubuntu and patriotism that prevailed during the global event,” Xingwana said.She urged South Africans to celebrate their collective achievements during the Fifa World Cup, from the building of infrastructure to the feeling of goodwill and exuberance that pervaded the country. The hard work and sacrifices of the various sectors of society during the World Cup is just cause for celebration this Heritage Day.“We believe that it is important to sustain the positive memory [of the World Cup], and mobilise all the sectors of our society in the celebration of this distinctive period in the history of our country,” Xingwana said.She added that it was important to keep the World Cup momentum going, and to commit as a nation to strive towards social cohesion.Source: BuaNews read more
Ray Maota Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutubecame the first black South AfricanAnglican Archbishop of Cape Townin South Africa when he was appointedin 1986.(Image: The Soccer Room) Lionel Messi and Marta Vieira Da Silvaare the inaugural winners of the FifaBallon d’Or award for the best male andfemale footballers during the footballseason.(Image: IMSoccer News)MEDIA CONTACTS• The Tutu Foundation+44 0207 654 3822Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been honoured with the Fifa Presidential Award for his role in uniting the nation ahead of the 2010 World Cup and embodying the spirit of the Beautiful Game.He was presented with the accolade on 10 January 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland, by Fifa president Sepp Blatter during the Fifa Ballon d’Or 2010 soccer awards ceremony.The 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said: “I’m staggered … when I was told, I felt deeply humbled and also deeply honoured. To be recognised in this way is very significant and I accept this on behalf of the South African people, who really deserve the applause for having hosted such a fantastic World Cup.“It was a fantastic thing; no one could have predicted that South Africans would feel so good about themselves. It was reminiscent of the time, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison or when we first won the Rugby World Cup,” added Tutu.Thabo Makgoba, the current Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, congratulated Tutu by saying: “We are so proud of him. Once again he has shown how, in any and every context, he is able to continue to play a reconciling role in his public ministry, in this country, on this continent, and throughout the world.”Tutu also played an integral role in bringing the 2010 World Cup to South Africa by joining a delegation that went to the Caribbean in 2005 to convince that region’s football federation boss, Jack Warner, to vote for South Africa in the 2010 bid. Tutu was joined on this trip by fellow Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk, who preceded Mandela as president of South Africa.Honouring football starsThe Fifa Ballon d’Or award honours male and female players of club and national teams who have excelled throughout the football season. The winners are chosen through a vote by coaches, captains of national teams and high-profile sports journalists.The accolade is a result of a 2010 merger between the Ballon d’Or award, initiated by France Football magazine, and the Fifa World Player of the Year award.Barcelona FC’s Lionel Messi and Marta Vieira Da Silva of Brazil’s women national team were the winners for 2010.For the first time, Fifa also honoured outstanding football coaches during the awards. Real Madrid FC coach Jose Mourinho and Silvia Neid, Germany’s women national team coach, were the winners in this category.Messi faced fierce competition from his Barcelona teammates, Andreas Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. Although Messi was triumphant in the end, he was an unpopular choice among some fans. In an online poll, the majority of voters tipped Xavi to win the award, with Messi coming second and Iniesta a distant third.Messi said: “I am surprised because the prediction was that either Xavi or Iniesta would win. I would like to thank those who voted for me, but Xavi and Iniesta were equally deserving because they had a great year and a wonderful World Cup.”Iniesta and Xavi were part of the Spanish team that won the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The exuberant archbishopIn 1978 Tutu was appointed the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. A few years later, in 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, also being the first black person in the country to assume such a post.He has used his high profile to campaign for human rights and, previously, to fight apartheid in South Africa.Following the deadly Soweto riots of 1976, during which black school pupils took to the streets en masse to protest against being taught in Afrikaans, Tutu supported an economic boycott of South Africa.International companies soon started pulling out of the country and the rand’s value plummeted – this put heavy pressure on the government of the time to consider reforming the apartheid system.Tutu was responsible for coining the phrase “Rainbow Nation”, which became a metaphor for South African society following the first democratic elections in 1994. The term has been so widely used since then, it has become ingrained in the South African psyche.He is also regarded as a figurehead always ready to congratulate, critique and condemn the ruling government.Former president Nelson Mandela once described him as: “Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu’s voice will always be the voice of the voiceless.”Tutu has won various awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.The Nobel laureate retired from public life in October 2010 at the age of 79. He said: “Instead of growing old gracefully, at home with my family; reading, writing, praying and thinking; too much of my time has been spent at airports and in hotels.“The time has now come to slow down, to sip rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoons, to watch cricket, to travel to visit my children and grandchildren, rather than to be at conferences, conventions and university campuses,” added Tutu. read more
One of the very best questions you can ask yourself as a sales manager is this: “If I were to leave today, what are the first three changes the person who follows me will make without hesitation?” The power in this question is that you have to face the fact that you have problems, challenges, and opportunities that you are not taking action on now.If it’s not bad enough that you have problems and challenges that are unaddressed, the more egregious error here is that you are aware that these problems and challenges exist and do nothing. And I’m not being unsympathetic here, because I have yet to meet a leader for which this issue is nonexistent.It is difficult to hire, train, and develop a new employee. It’s easier to allow the underperforming employee to continue in the role. It isn’t better for the company. Nor is it better for the team on which this employee works. And if they’re customer facing, it certainly isn’t better for the customer. But it’s better for you because you don’t have to recruit, train and develop a new employee.Your sales team is too transactional. They are not creating enough value for your clients. They lack the business acumen and situational knowledge, and they lack the subject matter expertise. Truth be told, they aren’t very deep in product knowledge either. It’s easier to allow them to simply maintain their existing clients the best they can and eke out the best results of which they’re capable. It’s much more difficult to do the work of coaching and developing individual salespeople into value creators who a client might consider a peer and a trusted advisor.You live in reactive mode. You have 12 people on your team, most of whom you treat as if they are dependents. You don’t allow them to make decisions for themselves. You handle every difficult client conversation, fearful that they might make a mistake that costs you the deal (something you can’t afford, because they are not prospecting, and you have no real pipeline). The only time you drag yourself away from the inbox is to close the deal for a rep who should know how to effectively win the business on their own.In sales, we are in the business of helping our clients change. As leaders we are in the business of growing those in our charge, helping them to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more. Leaders are responsible for building a pipeline of leaders. Leaders are also in the business of helping each individual achieve their best performance. All coaches may not be leaders, but all leaders are coaches.The most difficult person for any of us to change is ourselves. The unfortunate and difficult part of this truth is that until we can change ourselves, we are impotent when it comes to helping grow those in our charge, build a pipeline of leaders, and help each person on our team achieve the best performance of which they are capable.Problems don’t age well. Producing better results in all these areas starts by first changing yourself. Whether it be apathy, complacency, or burnout, if you are a leader, you are in the business of change. And in this business, you go first. read more
An awkward moment befell 64 bridegrooms ahead of the auspicious evening in Bhopal on Thursday. The government scheme that facilitated their mass wedding fashioned them in another peculiar way: selfies of grooms-to-be standing inside toilets as proofs attached with application forms.Only proving that her husband-to-be has a toilet at home can fetch a woman, from an economically deprived background, ₹51,000 as support under the Mukhya Mantri Kanya Vivah/Nikah Scheme. And now, the unwritten norm hitherto prevalent in rural areas of taking the selfies has forayed into a city where the civic body is supposed to physically verify toilets.“I don’t even take my phone inside toilets,” said Abid Khan*, 23, a resident of a slum near the State Secretariat. “It wasn’t a good feeling to take a photograph inside a toilet, just to be eligible for a wedding.”The scheme, launched by the BJP government in 2013, contains the toilet clause. But they asked for photographs only from rural areas, said corporator and Congress leader Rafiq Qureshi, organiser of the wedding — the third mass wedding in a year ahead of the local body elections next year.“It’s nowhere in the rules, but the practice is being adopted by cities now. What is still being followed was set as a norm by the previous government,” he said. In villages, the Chief Medical Officer has to verify toilets, in cities, ward incharges have to do the job.Brothers Riyaz Ali*, 27, and Samir Ali*, 23, both mechanics, have three toilets back home. “When I heard the condition the first time, I was shocked and embarrassed at the same time,” said Mr. Riyaz.“Officials are shying away from their duty to verify toilets themselves. This is like our pre-wedding photoshoot,” he chuckled.“What is the point of asking for photographs when Bhopal is the cleanest State capital? Isn’t it declared open defecation-free already?” asked Amjad Khan, member of an NGO, and in the organising team of a mass wedding for the fifth time. “There is not even a single basti (slum) without a toilet.”Surrounded by friends, dabbing her cheeks with powder and adjusting her lehenga’s hood, Fatima Siddiqui*, 22, is overwrought. She wants to look her best, not just before her family — scores of guests including families, friends of 64 couples are attending the wedding outside the Central Library. “Isn’t the photograph of a toilet in use a good sign for us? There is nothing wrong with it,” she said.Flurry of applicationsThe benefit of ₹43,000 is transferred to the bank account of the woman, who also receives ₹5,000 worth household items and ₹3,000 for the wedding. A day into government, the Congress increased the assistance from ₹28,000 to ₹51,000, which led to a flurry of applications.Meanwhile, Minister for Urban Development and Housing Jaivardhan Singh has told reporters the condition will be looked into and rolled back to not cause further embarrassment for grooms-to-be.(*Names changed) read more
Actor Aditya Roy Kapur will be sporting two distinct looks for Aditya Chopra’s ‘Dawat-e-Ishq’ and Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Fitoor’.In YRF’s ‘Dawat-e-Ishq’ opposite Parineeti Chopra he will don a more muscular look while for ‘Fitoor’ with Katrina Kaif he will have to grow lean.’Dawat-e-Ishq’ is a food-related film where Aditya will be seen playing a chef with a bulky body.Now, the 28-year-old actor is on his way to lose some weight and has started hitting the gym to shed the extra kilos for the other project.He will be sporting two distinct looks for Dawat-e-Ishq and Fitoor.