Africa In The News

New ‘best candidate’ for human ancestry, Business Day, 9 September 2011. Read More...

Nigeria’s the place to be, Moneyweb, 8 September 2011. Read More...

Skilful and interesting storytelling, IOL, 8 September 2011. Read More...

NSE ranked worst performing African bourse in August, AllAfrica, 8 September 2011. Read More...

South African fund shows interest in Indian insurance, News One, 7 September 2011. Read More...

 

Upcoming Events

October 2011

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JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
Johannesburg, South Africa
6 - 16 October
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SOUTHERN AFRICA CONFERENCE ON VOLUNTEER ACTION FOR DEVELOPMENT
Johannesburg, South Africa
17 - 19 October
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PUBLIC PROCUREMENT REGULATION IN AFRICA
Stellenbosch, South Africa
24 - 25 October
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AFRICAN ECONOMIC CONFERENCE 2011
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
26 - 28 October
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2011 AfRES ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Windhoek, Namibia
26 - 28 October
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GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL OF SA CONVENTION & EXHIBITION
Cape Town, South Africa
26 - 28 October
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OECD-FSB CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL LITERACY
Cape Town, South Africa
27 - 28 October
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TIME TO THINK – MASTER CLASS
Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa
27 - 28 October
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Brand Africa FOCUS
14 September 2011



Africa’s Crème De La Crème Brands

For the first time at this year’s Brand Africa FORUM 2011 the top 100 brands in Africa will be unveiled. The aptly named Brand Africa 100 aims to recognise business and brand excellence among Africa’s leading corporate and commercial organisations.

On hand to make the awards along with TNS Managing Executive Karin du Chenne and Brand Africa Chairman Thebe Ikalafeng will be David Haigh, CEO of UK-based Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent valuation consultancy. Brand Finance is also the company behind the Nation Brands Index and the inaugural African Nation Brands Index, which was undertaken for the first time in 2011. The methodology behind the Brand Africa 100 ranking is based on a multitier approach which encompasses qualitative, quantitative and secondary research developed by the Brand Leadership Academy in partnership with TNS, a globally respected consumer knowledge and information company and valuation of each brand by Brand Finance.

The Brand Africa 100 is truly unique in that the study recognises the most admired international and African brands operating on the continent as rated by consumers across nine leading African markets including Botswana, the DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

In addition to identifying Africa’s most admired brands, the study also determines the financial value of each of the brands African operations in order to demonstrate the impact these brands have on the economies of countries on the continent. All will be revealed on 29th September 2011 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Spotlight on David Haigh

David Haigh, the Founder and CEO of Brand Finance, is a qualified London-educated Chartered Accountant who worked initially in international financial management before moving into the marketing services sector. He served as Financial Director of The Creative Business and then as Financial Director of WCRS & Partners. Subsequently he struck out on his own, setting up a financial marketing consultancy, which was later acquired by Publicis, the pan-European marketing services group. He stayed on as a Director for five year before moving to Interbrand as Director of Brand Valuation in its London-based global brand valuation practice. In 1996 he launched Brand Finance.


“It is Africa’s expectation that if South Africa hosts an event, the outcome must be good.”
- South Africa’s International Relations Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, referring to COP17, the UN conference on climate change, being held in Durban from November 28th to December 9th, 2011

Features

South African Wool for China

According to Cape Wools SA, South Africa will soon resume exporting raw wool to China after an agreement was reached on the issuing of health clearance certificates pertaining to Rift Valley Fever (RVF). Company spokeswoman Ona Viljoen said the agriculture department had announced that the Chinese government had approved the wording proposed by the department for a new health clearance certificate for unprocessed wool exports to China.
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Brazil Looks to Africa

According to the website Afrique en ligne, Brazil is still the only country in the world which has introduced a law which advocates the teaching of African history and culture, including Afro-Brazilian history. This applies to primary and upper secondary grades and was revealed during a UNESCO expert meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe recently. The UNESCO meeting aims to promote the teaching of history based on an African cultural perspective.
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