According to de Kock, the IIAG has become a respected and much-referenced index focusing on the development of governance across the continent. (Image: Melissa Jane Cook) MEDIA CONTACTS • Petrus de Kock Research Manager Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Africa rising • Infrastructure to lift South Africa’s growth speed limit • Mandela’s South Africa: Two decades of freedom • Take action for competitiveness • South Africa is ‘Country of the Future’Melissa Jane Cook and Petrus de KockSouth Africa is one of eight countries to have remained consistently in the top 10 on the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) since 2000.South Africa maintained its score of 71 in the 2013 IIAG, keeping it at fifth out of 52 countries and third in southern Africa. But it dropped one point overall since 2000, with a four-point drop in its education score. The average African score remained at 51, while Mauritius was again the highest-ranking country with a score of 82.9, and Zimbabwe the lowest-ranking country in southern Africa, at 47th out of 52 overall and scoring 35.4. The index was released on 14 October.Brand South Africa hosted a special research seminar reflecting on the results on 29 November, with a specific focus on South African governance. Participants included Momar Diop, the Senegalese ambassador; Paul Malok, the South Sudanese ambassador; Abdelmadjid Amalou, the Algerian minister counsellor; and Baba Togmian, the Chadian first counsellor; as well as academics and representatives of the Africa Institute of South Africa.Brand South Africa’s Dr Petrus de Kock gave a presentation, focusing on the key findings and lessons for South Africa. Since its inception, according to De Kock, the IIAG had become a respected and much-referenced index focused on the development of governance across the continent.Key findings from the 2013 IIAG indicate that:• South Africa retains its fifth position in the overall rankings, while ranking top of the 52 states in public management. The index looks at 94 indicators.• South Africa’s most notable improvement is in sustainable economic opportunity, with its overall ranking in the category rising from eighth in 2012 to fifth in the following year.• Improvements in the sub-indicators of this category include: business environment (six to five in 2013), infrastructure (12 to seven), and the rural sector (22 to 21).• South Africa ranks its highest in the participation and human rights category, at third out of 52. This category measures the protection and promotion of human rights, civil and political participation, and gender issues.• South Africa ranks its lowest in the safety and rule of law category, at seventh out of 52.• South Africa ranks its lowest in the personal safety sub-category at 41st out of 52.Other countries in the top 10 include Botswana, Cape Verde, Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles and Tunisia. In his introduction to the 2013 IIAG, Dr Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim, a Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire, observes: “So what does the 2013 IIAG show? The answer is a mixture of overall progress but increased complexity.“The findings highlight widespread improvements across the continent since the turn of the century. They show that 94% of people living in Africa now live in a country that has demonstrated overall governance improvement since 2000. Eighteen out of the 52 countries analysed saw their best ever performance in this year’s IIAG. But these figures, of course, also reveal the challenges of sustaining progress and underline that an equitable allocation of resources must be a priority for policy and decision makers.”The importance of governance in the 21st century could not be underestimated, said De Kock. “In the past decade, African economies have grown at rates of more than 5%. This brings about social change which, in turn, calls on governments to implement more effective governance systems to serve the needs of changing economies and societies.”Looking at its demographic profile, South Africa was unique on the continent in that approximately 60% of its population was urbanised, he pointed out. “This implies that governance systems at a local level should be geared to serve the needs of the increasing numbers of people living in the urban areas. However, this also means that the country will have to be responsive to the governance needs of the 40% rural citizens and this is precisely [why] South Africa’s ranking in the rural sector still has a lot of room for improvement.”The IIAG and the country performance table are frameworks for citizens, governments, institutions and business to assess the delivery of public goods and services, and policy outcomes, in every African country. They are tools with which to govern, highlighting continental, regional, national and thematic governance results.“Brand South Africa has welcomed the IIAG findings and believes that over and above the peer review mechanisms already in place in Africa, independent studies such as these will boost the positive trajectory of the continent as a destination for inward flows of investment and tourism,” De Kock concluded.Established in 2007, the IIAG is the most comprehensive collection of quantitative data on governance in Africa, according to its website. It is compiled in partnership with experts from a number of the continent’s institutions and provides an annual assessment of governance in every African country. IIAG data are classified in four categories:• Safety and rule of law;• Participation and human rights;• Sustainable economic opportunity; and,• Human development.
Johannesburg, Thursday 22 March 2018 – Findings from the 2017 City Brand Index (CBI), which measures the relative global reputation of three South African cities, indicates that of all the South African cities, Durban achieves the most success in improving its image this year, as it moves up two positions since 2015, with an overall CBI 2017 rank of 46th place. The announcement comes at a time when the city is celebrating Tuesday’s announcement that Durban for the fourth consecutive year have been ranked the South African City with the highest quality of life. Commenting on this achievement, EThekwini Municipality Mayor – Zandile Gumede said: “The city of Durban has positioned itself to be world city and over the years, we have deliberately implemented numerous measures in order to improve our image to be most competitive not only through marketing but also through ensuring that we reach our target that we have set for ourselves in all experts.” The 2017 CBI reveals that South African cities are continuing to maintain or improve their positions, as global citizens have displayed increasing appreciation for the South African cities. According to Brand South Africa, this means that what cities offer residents and the world is a key determinant factor in shaping the reputation and competitiveness of the country as a whole. Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “The implication of these dynamics is that the economic, cultural/identity, and political outlook of the country can under no circumstances ignore the critical role urban areas, cities, and metros play in shaping the fate of the nation and the Nation Brand. “There is a dynamic inter-relationship between the global profile, positioning and reputation of city- and the Nation Brand. The global profile, reputation, and positioning of the South African Nation Brand is directly influenced by the dynamics of urbanisation, its cities, and metropolitan areas.” Brand South Africa’s research team has analysed the state of South Africa’s major cities (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban) and notes that, not only is the fate of nearly 65% of the population tied to the success of urban areas, cities and metros but also observed that at a global level the improved reputation, visibility, and successes of cities and metros directly impacts on the profile and reputation of the Nation Brand. The 2017 CBI reveals that since 2015, Durban’s rank has improved by one position in the Presence, Place, and Prerequisites Indices, by two in the Pulse Index, by three in the Potential Index, and by four in the People Index. Durban ranks 49th in Presence, 42nd in Place, 41st in Prerequisite, 40th in People, 47th in Pulse, and 39th in Potential. Cape Town secures an overall CBI rank of 43rd place, same as in 2015. Cape Town is most admired for its climate (23rd). Johannesburg continues to rank 44th in CBI 2017, a position it has held since 2013, with a modest overall score increase this year (+0.76 points, versus the average score gain of +0.91 points). This year, Johannesburg experiences a three position rank improvement in the Place Index, as well as a one position rank advancement in the Presence, Pulse, and Potential Indices. Notes to the Editor About Brand South Africa Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. About Play Your Part Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.
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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, right, pours water onto forward Blake Griffin after the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)AUBURN HILLS, Mich.— Ed Stefanski can maintain a sense of humor about the challenges facing the Detroit Pistons.“I wouldn’t be here if things were rosy, is the way I look at it,” said Stefanski, a senior executive with the Pistons. “And I tell that in our meetings when people want to say, oh, you know, this and that. I said, ‘You guys wouldn’t be here if things were good.’”ADVERTISEMENT Dwane Casey took over as coach, but the results haven’t been much different. Stefanski stressed the need for players on team-friendly contracts. Bullock, on the other hand, has emerged as a solid outside shooter and figures to become more expensive soon.Detroit is still close enough to a postseason spot that the team isn’t throwing in the towel.“We’re going for the playoffs, and that’s (owner) Tom Gores from the top,” Stefanski said. “We’re a competitive organization. I preach to these guys, when you put that Pistons uniform on, you’re representing people. You’re representing a lot of guys from the past. We’re going to try to win every game. Now, we did sell with Reggie, that’s obvious, but we feel we got a good return, but we’re also looking hard at the buyout market to be a buyer.”So the Pistons will move forward with the same basic core, hoping for significant development from their young players. They didn’t have a first-round pick last year. Johnson, who was just traded, was a first-rounder in 2015. Luke Kennard, a first rounder in 2017, is still with Detroit. He’s shown some ability but has not become a star by any means.Maker was the 10th pick in the 2016 draft.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Stefanski arrived as part of a front office overhaul last offseason, and this week was his first trade deadline with Detroit. The Pistons acquired guard Svi Mykhailiuk from the Lakers and center Thon Maker from the Bucks, giving up Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson in the process. The moves netted Detroit a couple young players but did little to change the overall outlook for the franchise.The Pistons have a lot of money tied up in Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, and although Griffin has remained healthy and played like a star this season, Detroit was 24-29 heading into Friday night’s matchup with New York — and would not make the playoffs if the season ended now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“To get the players that you would want, that extra star or so, we don’t have that flexibility. It’s not happening,” Stefanski said Friday. “But we’re starting it. These are, say, smaller moves on the sides, but we, again, don’t have that flexibility.”The Pistons did make a huge deal last year around this time, acquiring Griffin. 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