FILE – In this Nov. 29, 2015, file photo, Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko, right, and Britain’s Tyson Fury exchange blows during a boxing bout in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Fury won the bout. During Klitschko’s rein as champion, every opponent was kept at arm’s length. Punches were traded cautiously _ probably with good reason, considering what Lamon Brewster did to him back in 2004. Klitschko never won any style points, though he kept winning against a series of opponents who could never seem to crack the code. Then Fury entered the picture, making Klitschko look slow and old in breaking his 11-year winning streak to win his heavyweight titles. Now Klitschko challenges the unbeaten Anthony Joshua for the title. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)Wladimir Klitschko was never really embraced by the average boxing fan, despite dominating a lackluster heavyweight division for the better part of a decade.He understands why, even as he looks to change his ways in what could be his last hurrah next week against Anthony Joshua in London.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s not as boring as it was with me during all those years,” Klitschko said. “You can like me or hate me but when one person conquers it all, it is boring. I totally get it.”READ: Tyson Fury ends Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight reign FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIt wasn’t just Klitschko’s dominance that soured boxing fans on him. It was the way he fought.Every opponent was kept at arm’s length. Punches were traded cautiously — probably with good reason, considering what Lamon Brewster did to him back in 2004. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lowry bounces back, Raptors edge Bucks to even series at 1-1 Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Klitschko never won any style points, though he kept winning against a series of opponents who could never seem to crack the code. Then Tyson Fury entered the picture, making Klitschko look slow and old in breaking his 11-year winning streak to win his heavyweight titles.READ: Wladimir Klitschko eyes Olympic return Now Klitschko challenges the unbeaten Joshua for the title once again. He does so as an underdog going into enemy territory, with 90,000 fans expected to be cheering their countryman on a week from Saturday at Wembley Stadium.At the age of 41, he says he feels like a new fighter. Even better, he says he feels like really fighting.“I understand I don’t have titles anymore, but in a certain way I feel relieved,” Klitschko told The Associated Press in a call from his training camp in Austria. “I feel calmer, more free. Before it was all defending and caution. Now it’s different, and I like the feeling that I don’t have any pressure.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The fight shapes up as a familiar boxing matchup, with the up-and-coming young slugger from England tested by the aging veteran who has piled up a deep bag of tricks over the years.READ: Tyson Fury ‘medically unfit’ to defend title vs KlitschkoBoth are Olympic gold medalists (Klitschko in 1996, Joshua in 2012). Both are massive heavyweights with the skills usually found in smaller fighters. Both have the kind of knockout power that may make it a short night in London.And Klitschko now says it’s time to throw caution to the wind.“I have nothing to defend so I need to bounce back and be the hunter,” he said. “Joshua has the title and it’s something I will need to get. It will be a totally different attitude. I will not hold myself back.”If experience is a key in the fight, Klitschko has a huge advantage against Joshua, who began his amateur career late and has only 18 professional fights.After regaining a piece of the heavyweight title in 2006, Klitschko made 18 successful title defenses in a row before losing to Fury in a desultory effort. He’s won 64 of 68 fights and has fought for the heavyweight title 28 times.But with the wins came the criticism. Klitschko, who lost the title by knockout to Brewster in 2004, was widely panned in boxing for playing more defense than offense as he won fight after fight against a group of mediocre challengers.“I think after so many years of defending the title, unifying the title, it built up the pressure,” Klitschko said. “At some point, it cramps your style.”Klitschko plans have his brother, Vitali, in the corner as he usually does for his fights. Vitali Klitschko, now the mayor of Kiev, was a dominant heavyweight champion in his own right, before retiring to take up politics in his native Ukraine. Meanwhile, he’s enjoying the preparations for a fight he never thought he would get after his rematch with Fury was derailed by Fury’s emotional problems.“I think I’ve been very, very fortunate with having Joshua as my opponent,” he said. “For the first time in a long time I’m an underdog. He’s either great, or I’m still great. The question marks on both fighters make this a fight for the fans.” Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments
Vanilla starts Mashramani feva with “Mash up de Place”, “We Run Tings”Vanilla starts Mashramani feva with “Mash up de Place”, “We Run Tings”
As Mashramani draws closer, music fans will be happy to know that their favourite local artiste Vanilla is back at it again with new music. Now, her newest single “Mash up de Place”, which was released just days ago, has already gained popularity on the airwaves and has been featured as Song of the Day, Song of the Week and Booming 9.The highly anticipated music video for this chart topper will be released today. On Thursday, Vanilla continued the momentum by launching a second single for the Mash season, “We Run Tings”, then later in February, fans will see a third track being released to addto the road march soundtrack. Though the artiste has been taking a step back from the music scene, several factors spurred her creativity which led to these new projects. Chief among these was calls from fans and support from her producer and writer Burchmore Simon to release new music. She also made the observation that the airwaves needed local music to support the Mashramani festival. “So “Mash up de Place” kind of revived it and now I have noticed more songs are being released for the season,” the artiste stated.Vanilla also credits the efforts of Hits and Jams for helping the song to catapult to popularity, and admitted that this was the first time she has received such avid support for her music from the company and she looks forward to its continued support.These tracks are also part of her upcoming album, which, Vanilla said, is “coming along beautifully”. Set to be released this year, songs for the album will be recorded in the Sound Garden Studio by Kross Kolor Records.The finished product, she said, will see a fusion of sounds and a step away from her old material. Referring to it as “an experiment”, Vanilla said that the album will also feature some crossover work, including from fellow Kross Kolor artiste Gavin Mendonca.“I’ve been working to build the brand Vanilla and so these mixtures of things will look to make the brand stronger, and that includes crossovers and mixed genres.”Speaking of her brand, a large part of what Vanilla is about also includes film and fitness. She revealed that she is currently working on some new film projects, while continuing to build her fitness portfolio. She currently serves as an instructor at Space Gym and Fitness 53 and also leads the annual Digicel Mash Fit event – which is another project she is passionate about.Digicel Mash FitThis is the third year that Vanilla will be hosting Mash Fit – the six-week long fitness extravaganza that allows gym buffs to work on that ‘Mash’ body or just lose some weight through an intense daily workout.“We get a lot of success stories every year; the first year we had about eight to 10 persons losing between 15 and 20 pounds. Last year, our aim was to get one person to lose 50 pounds and we got very close with 49 pounds,” she said. Focus is also placed on providing nutrition and other health tips during the six-week stints to help get persons on a healthier track. Seeing the way Mash Fit has impacted people’s lives, Vanilla lauds Digicel for hosting the event annually. Moreover, she commends the company for still providing the opportunity for persons this year despite not having a 2017 Mashramani band themselves.Fans can look forward to many more projects in the pipeline from Vanilla as she continues to expand her brand with her musical, fitness and filmmaking talents.
La Salle’s Kurt Lojera says game winner to beat NU all about confidenceLa Salle’s Kurt Lojera says game winner to beat NU all about confidence
LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LATEST STORIES Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Kurt Lojera. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Just when De La Salle looked to have lost it all, Kurt Lojera came in to save the day.Lojera buried a clutch baseline jumper with 14.9 seconds left to lift La Salle over National University Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Fortunately for La Salle, Aljun Melecio found the open Lojera along the baseline for the clutch jumper.“I think we deserved this one,” said Lojera, who had six points in 10 minutes of play. “We worked really hard for this, we go through every day in practice and what we do is well enough to know we deserve this win,” Angel Guirado returns in style for Azkals MOST READ Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The transferee from Adamson University said making the game-winning shot boiled down to having confidence to take it.“We do that every day in practice it’s just a matter of confidence in taking it,” said Lojera. “It just so happened I was open and Aljun (Melecio) made the pass.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Lojera’s heroic act also gave the Green Archers their first win after dropping their season opener at the hands of the Ateneo Blue Eagles three days ago.NU was down 80-66 midway through the fourth quarter before it staged a late 16-1 run capped by a Shaun Ildefonso triple for an 82-81 edge with 28.2 seconds left. View comments
REPORT – Tottenham thrash Watford to pile pressure on top-of-the-table ChelseaREPORT – Tottenham thrash Watford to pile pressure on top-of-the-table Chelsea
GO ON MY SON! The Spurs star has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season Tottenham piled pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea as they closed the gap at the top to just four points with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Watford.Watford put up a stubborn resistance in the early stages at White Hart Lane, but Spurs soon found their rhythm and ran riot with four exceptional goals.After a closely-contested opening 30 minutes, the deadlock was broken by a moment of magic from Dele Alli, who opening the scoring with a stunning long-range strike, with Eric Dier soon making it 2-0 with a fierce drive from just inside the area.Heung-Min Son handed Spurs a 3-0 half-time lead with a fine finish from outside the box just before the break, and the South Korean forward found the net again shortly into the second-half with cool finish from Kieran Trippier’s cross.It was another day to forget for Vincent Janssen, who again failed to score and was replaced by the fit-again Harry Kane after 60 minutes.Kane missed a few chances towards the end, while Son also missed a sitter for his hat-trick, but overall England striker’s late introduction will be a further boot to Spurs as they continue to make this title chase interesting with seven games to play.It was clear from the off Watford were up for the clash. The hornets marshalled the Tottenham attack well, camping men behind the ball before breaking forward as one in quick counter-attacks.But without captain Troy Deeney, who was reportedly annoyed by being put on the bench by manager Walter Mazzarri, their attacks lacked that clinical finishing touch.Tottenham were experiencing similar problems without Harry Kane, also on the bench after a spell out with an ankle injury, with Janssen unable to hit a barn door, despite his lack of effort on his own up front.The Dutchman was lively and involved but he wasted a great chance to open the scoring after just 20 minutes. Trippier’s right-wing cross somehow found its way through two Watford players, and Janssen, no expecting it to come all the way through to him, just couldn’t react quick enough as the ball flicked up off his knee up onto the crossbar, with Watford reacting quickly to clear.Spurs have coped well without main hitman Kane, winning all three games he missed through injury as other players stepped up to fill in for goals.One of those men was Alli, and the midfielder continued his scoring steak with his fifth goal in six league games on 33 minutes – beating ex-Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Homes with a wonderful curling shot from 25 yards which sailed into the top corner.That goal broke the dam and the goals started to flow, with Dier doubling Spurs’ lead on 39 minutes with a thumping hit after Watford were slow to clear a deflected effort from Son.Watford had stepped off the gas by this point, and Tottenham took full advantage again just before the break as Son made it three with a finely struck low shot, which he tucked into the corner beyond Gomes after being given far too much room on the edge of the box.Barely ten minutes had elapsed of the second-half before Son found the net again, this time slotting in at the back post from an on-the-sixpence cross from Trippier on the right wing.Janssen made way for fit-again Kane on the hour-mark, and the England man took little time to make his goal threat known, having an angled shot cleared away after rounding Gomes and then just missing a diving header from another fine cross from man-of-the-match Trippier.Deeney eventually came off the bench with 20 minutes left to play, but Spurs continued to dominate in the final stages – with Watford landing just two shots on target – and easily saw out the thumping win. 1
Ashley Williams vows to continue leading Wales after dismissing retirement talkAshley Williams vows to continue leading Wales after dismissing retirement talk
1 Ashley Williams insists he has not considered retiring from international football and is prepared to lead Wales into the next cycle of competitive matches.Williams turned 33 in August and manager Chris Coleman called him a “broken man” after Wales’ defeat to the Republic of Ireland last month ended their hopes of playing in next summer’s World Cup.James Collins – a year older than Williams to the day – subsequently called time on his international career after that defeat.But Williams says he remains committed to the Wales cause, even though he will be nearly 36 when the finals of Euro 2020 are played.“It was devastating to go out of the World Cup,” said Williams, who is set to win his 76th cap against France in Friday’s Paris friendly.“But as I sit here I’m enjoying the camp and as long as it stays like that I’m willing to give my services.“As hard as that (Republic) defeat was to take, I’m here now and I can’t wait to be involved.“As long as it stays like that I can’t see anything changing anytime soon.”Everton defender Williams has had a difficult season for club and country having been guilty of making some high-profile mistakes.But Coleman defended his captain last week by saying Williams’ “character” would get him through this period.And Williams admits he is excited by the prospect of taking on Didier Deschamps’ talented side at the Stade de France – the first meeting between the two sides for 35 years.“Some of these players I’ve never played against before, some of them are the best in the world,” he said.“We’ve played some of the best already, we’ve dealt with them well and this is another challenge for us.“If we play as well as we can individually and as a team by imposing ourselves on them then I’m sure we’ll be OK.”Wales are without Gareth Bale due to the calf injury which ruled the Real Madrid forward out of their final two World Cup qualifiers.But Coleman plans to name a strong side against France and a more experimental line-up at home to Panama on Tuesday.These two friendlies take place ahead of Coleman resuming talks with the Football Association of Wales over a new contract.Coleman said: “It’s either going to happen or it’s not – and that time will come after this camp.“I can’t afford to be thinking about something else, all I need to think about is preparing the team.“I can’t deny the feeling is a bit different, because we’re playing for pride.“That, of course. means a lot but for a long time now we’ve been playing for points.“That’s not there anymore so the mood is slightly different, but this is a test for us against one of the best teams in the world.” The Everton defender turned 33 in August
Woodward reveals what England need to do to win the Rugby World CupWoodward reveals what England need to do to win the Rugby World Cup
Frenchman Jerome Garces will take charge of England vs South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final And Woodward is tipping Eddie Jones’ men to triumph, but concedes they will have to nullify the threat of South African scrum-half Faf de Klerk if they are to do so.“Sunday’s semi-final wasn’t the most spectacular of games but my message for England would be not to under-estimate this South African team,” Woodward wrote in his column for the Mail .“They have some very high-quality players, areas of real strength and their entire squad will be lifted and energised by the prospect of a final.“The Boks’ set-piece will be the strongest England will have faced at this World Cup, and off the back of that everything goes through Faf de Klerk at scrum-half, who is their conductor-in-chief. PEP TALK Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman stalemate Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti latest Sir Clive Woodward is tipping England for glory Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty 3 Woodward is backing England to beat South Africa LATEST LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS appointed “He likes the box kick — does he ever — but we have all seen him star for Sale and he has another dimension up his sleeve.“Watching club colleague Tom Curry mark De Klerk will be fascinating and he will be very alert to his sniping breaks which he kept under wraps on Sunday.“The Boks also have try-scoring potential out wide. Their back three have some gas and we wait to hear if there is any chance of key man Cheslin Kolbe returning form injury for the final.” statement Woodward also said England’s power may well prove to be the decisive factor in the final.Woodward added: “But to my eyes their big weakness is a lack of creativity in midfield. Damian de Allende is a strong runner — he battered his way through impressively for his try — but England have already shown they can cut down strong runners all day long.“England can absorb that approach easily and turn such players over at will. Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff AFP or licensors Getty Images – Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ on target Sir Clive Woodward has backed England to do what he did in 2003 and win the Rugby World Cup.The Red Rose face South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday with the hope of getting their hands on the Webb Ellis trophy for a second time. 3 Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son rookie error targets 3 update “The other huge takeaway is that England are capable of playing at a pace and tempo that could completely take the final away from South Africa.“If they can replicate the intensity and precision that they displayed against New Zealand then I am struggling to see how South Africa can match such an approach — it’s a million miles away from their natural game.“I would emphasise again, though, that it will be a major challenge for Eddie Jones’ team to climb that Everest again just a week after the greatest ever England performance.”
Rodgers hails ‘brilliant, top-level’ Callum McGregorRodgers hails ‘brilliant, top-level’ Callum McGregor
“He played three positions. He played wide in a 4-3-3, he played as a holding player in the bottom of the diamond and then in the left side of a diamond.“He is just tactically brilliant. His view of the game is so good, his brain is of a really top level performer.“Tactically he is just a special player to work with and he has this unique quality for here in Scotland, that he keeps the ball which at the top level you have to do.“He is such a top-class player.” Brendan Rodgers singled out Callum McGregor for praise after the Scotland international showed his versatility in the 4-2 win over Hibs.McGregor shifted position after injury forced Scott Brown out of the game after 21 minutes and again showed his value to the champions. Rodgers enthused about the 25-year old, highlighting his reading of the game as well as his technical qualities.“There is only one problem, when you move Callum McGregor you want Callum McGregor to be in the other position,” he said.“He is absolutely tactically brilliant. Celtic now turn their attention to the Europa League and a trip to Germany to face RB Leipzig. Odsonne Edouard, who scored a double against Hibernian, highlighted the importance of Saturday’s result and said the team would have to meet high standards against continental opposition.“It was really important to win,” said Edouard. “It’s important to demonstrate to everyone that we’re a team and work towards that top spot. We were playing a very good team, and we knew that going into the game.“Leipzig is important, and we need to prepare better for it so that we can do better than we did in the last match.”
Clarke: Talk about my Killie team, not our floodlightsClarke: Talk about my Killie team, not our floodlights
“I think there would have been a problem if the lights had gone off for a third time.“When they go off you have to let the system cool and then trip them back in. I don’t think the referee would have let them on again so the last 25 minutes were a little more nervous than usual.”The Killie manager had brought Brophy back into the starting line-up after injury and was delighted to see him score twice.“It’s always good when you get players back from injury,” he said. “We know Eamonn gives us a little bit more mobility up front than Kris (Boyd). Kris did a great job for us though and helped us pick up four points in big away games when he was in the team.“At this stage of the season it’s all about using your squad to its maximum. You saw that today. Rory McKenzie came in today after a spell out, ran himself into the ground and then at the right time Chris Burke came on and added that bit of quality that helped us get the third goal.”Hibs assistant Garry Parker couldn’t find any positives to take for a difficult afternoon from his side. He said: “We could have taken any of the players off at half-time and they couldn’t have complained. It got slightly better after that but it still wasn’t good enough.“We got in behind them a couple of times in the second half but we failed to pick out the right pass. That’s been happening for four or five weeks now.“We came here to try and not lose and they scored straight away, so the game plan went out of the window.“We know what the pitch is like but some of the players have got to look at themselves and do better.” Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke has said that he hopes his team’s performance gets all the attention after a 3-0 win over Hibs that was interrupted twice by power failure at Rugby Park.An Eamonn Brophy double had Kilmarnock in full control of the match before the lights went out twice in a stop-start second half and Greg Stewart completed the scoring in the final moments of the game.Kilmarnock are investigating the reason for the power cuts but Clarke says the story of the day was on the pitch.“Hopefully the performance will get more of the headlines than the lights because I thought we were terrific today, from start to finish,” he said.
Anitha Soni (middle) from the IMC received an award of brand recognition for South Africa. The top three best recognised corporatebrands in Africa are South African. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Charmaine Lodewyk Brand Leadership Academy +27 11 463 5091RELATED ARTICLES • Brand leadership award for SA • Building a global legacy for SA • New board for Brand South Africa • SA driven by World Cup momentumBongani NkosiSouth Africa has been awarded the title of the most valuable nation brand on the continent, with its recent inclusion in the Bric economic bloc and successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup contributing to strong positive perceptions – both locally and abroad.Anitha Soni, chairperson of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), received the accolade from UK-based Brand Finance on behalf of the country at the launch of the Brand Finance African Nation Brand League in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 25 May 2011.“This honour underlines the progress the country has made,” Soni said.The rating by Brand Finance’s Global Nation Brands League takes into account the GDP revenue that a country generates.Egypt is the second most valuable nation brand in Africa, while Nigeria takes third place and is followed by Morocco, Algeria, Angola, Tunisia, Ghana, Kenya and Libya.Brand Finance pointed out that the sophistication of infrastructure is what makes Africa’s best three nation brands some of the world’s serious competitors.Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup helped South Africa set up some impressive facilities, from which it’s poised to benefit from in future.And the World Cup itself did wonders to enhance the country’s image. “The world saw us and saw what we can do,” said Soni.Joining the Bric economic bloc – previously comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China – has come at the right time for the nation, which is bracing itself for further economic growth. With the inclusion of South Africa, the group is now referred to as Brics.“Brics is a powerful new platform for promoting economic growth throughout Africa. This is a further recognition of South Africa as an important emerging country in its own right,” Soni said.The IMC is now aiming to make the country one of the top 20 most valuable nation brands in the world. South Africa is currently in 41st position.According to Brand Finance’s Global Nation Brands League, the top three most valuable nation brands at the moment are the US, Germany and China respectively. Brazil and India are also in the top 10.Enhanced reputation driving tourismThe positive perceptions of the country are also a driving force in the growth of the tourism sector. “South Africa has become one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world,” said Oliver Schmidt, managing director at Brand Finance South Africa.But it’s not just tourism that’s benefiting from the country’s glowing brand – the entire private sector is scoring too. As Brand Finance CEO and founder David Haigh said: “There’s no doubt that nation-branding contributes to the perception of South Africa’s products.”The top three most recognised corporate brands on the continent are South African. MTN is number one, while leading banks Absa and Standard Bank are second and third respectively.MTN is the 199th most valuable brand in the world and the only African brand to be included in Brand Finance’s top 500 rankings.The telecommunications group has seen major growth since being established in South Africa 17 years ago. It now operates in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, and its services connect over 120-million people.“It’s big thanks to my colleagues,” said Christian de Faria, the group’s senior vice-president for commercial and innovation.Brand Finance tips Standard Bank, which now ranks 510th, to break into the world’s best 500 in the coming years. “Standard Bank is one of the contenders”, Schmidt said.Brands of locally made goods are finding their place onto international markets, said Soni. “South African brands take their place in the global arena. We’ve taken ourselves into the international arena at every level.”All but one of the most valuable corporate brands ranked in the top 10 are from the US. The exception is UK-based Vodafone.Gateway to AfricaSouth Africa has positioned itself as a gateway to the African continent for investors. The IMC’s aim is for South Africa to become a reflection of the continent.“Our role in Africa must contribute to the growth of the continent in entirety,” said Soni.In coming years “people will know that the African agenda is driven by Africa,” said Thebe Ikalafeng, founder of the Brand Leadership Group.“If South Africa does well, the whole continent does well as well,” Ikalafeng added.
The new website is uniquely relevant to anyone who travels and will provide: Get ready for a more functional and dynamic one-stop shop, perfect for those looking to fly safely! • Improved access to our world-renowned, thoroughly researched airline safety ratings • Highlighted airline reviews that make it easy to compare carriers and services • Easy-to-use flight booking tools with interactive features • Up-to-date and unbiased news, industry insight and trending topics • An upgraded mobile experience with full flight booking functionality and safety information Alternatively, you can email email@example.com for more info. We look forward to continuing to keep you up to date on the safest airlines, and helping you take to the skies! Watch this space and sign up to our newsletter for more updates!