Q&A with founder of Champion South Africa

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgWell-known radio host Ashraf Garda challenges South Africans to change their mindsets to become champions in everything they do. Read more about his initiative, Champion South Africa.Ashraf Garda, co-founder of Champion South Africa, says he wants to multiply the number of champions in the country to help turn South Africa into a champion nation. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanSouth Africa will become a champion nation when the government, business and civil society synchronise their efforts towards the goal of becoming individual and collective champions. This is according to Ashraf Garda, who is the co-founder of Champion South Africa.“Champion people build champion people and only champion people build champion nations,” he says.The movement, launched in November 2015, is currently asking: What are you doing to build your country?Several local leaders, such as Vusi Thembekayo, Khanyi Dhlomo and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, were chosen to be part of Champion South Africa, so they too can spread the message and urge more people to become champions.Brand South Africa sat down for a question and answer session with Garda about Champion South Africa.Watch Ashraf Garda motivate an audience to help build Champion South Africa:Melissa Javan: Tell us about the journey of Champion South Africa.Ashraf Garda: The Champion South Africa concept started after I had many conversations with people on the talk show I host on Radio SA FM. [We would] talk about their aspirations and moving the country to another level.I kept hearing “If you have an idea, just start with it.”My son, Zaahid, is in marketing and owns a start-up called Student Photography. We talked about my idea and worked together to start Champion South Africa. We are the founders.Zaahid GardaMJ: What is the aim of Champion South Africa?AG: Firstly, as Champion South Africa we want to change the mindset of South Africans. We currently have a mid-table mindset, but we want to change it to the “okay is not good enough” mindset.Collectively and individually everyone should be champions in whatever they are doing. This is so that the country will have more champions. The country needs us to become a champion nation. That’s why you need the change in the mindset of the people.Secondly, we have to change the mindset of the country. Champion is a noun; we want the world to think about a champion nation when people think about South Africa.There’s no world cup of nations – there is no competition like that. If there ever was one, then the vision would be that the United Nations secretary-general would in the future announce South Africa as a champion nation.To achieve this, we need to increase the number of champions we have in the country.Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is congratulated as 2017 Miss South Africa in March this year:This is @DemiLeighNP SA’s newest champion #MissSA2017 @Official_MissSA ! #ChampionSouthAfrica @MIssKunene— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 26, 2017MJ: What is the aim of Champion South Africa’s Twitter campaign #BuildChampionSouthAfrica?AG: We decided we would have a campaign that would last a few weeks. With the #BuildChampionSouthAfrica campaign we ask: “What are you doing to build South Africa?”It’s a tactical campaign that talks about the personal actions of each individual South African. We want everyone to have the licence to say “My mission is to build a champion South Africa.”Well-known people such as social cohesion advocate Yusuf Abramjee talk about why they are building a champion South Africa:This how @Abramjee wants to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 25, 2017Hang on to this message to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica from @DrRidwanMia – Share this and send us your video about your nation building plans— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 24, 2017Energized by human rights makes @Abeyphonogenic determined to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica @OgilvyCT @OgilvyJoburg @OgilvyCT— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 25, 2017MJ: In a recent radio interview you spoke about a 10-point plan, saying it speaks about the attitudes you should have as a nation. Can you elaborate?AG: We are busy drawing up a 10-point plan, still busy drafting it. We welcome the public’s feedback. You can give suggestions about what you think are the things that are going to make a shift [in the country].For example, what specific goals do you think we should have as a nation and secondly, as individuals?Champion South Africa recognises people, such as actress Connie Ferguson, who receive international acknowledgement for their hard work:[email protected]_Ferguson you living legend #AWA2016 #ChampionSouthAfrica #SABCNews— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) December 6, 2016MJ: You also said mentorship was linked to nation-building. Why is mentorship important for Champion South Africa?AG: Mentorship is critically important. The one-on-one connection can impact on a person completely. There are many forms of mentorship. You can get mentorship through watching someone on television or YouTube.If someone is an 18-year-old, that person needs a Champion South African to mentor him.We’ve had requests from people who want to volunteer. If people are interested in being Champion South Africa volunteers, a form of mentorship can be done, such as talking at schools or to their community, spreading the message of being Champion South African. We school them on how to do it.Last year, we asked more than 20 people to be Champions South Africans. All of them said yes. They are people such as Khanyi Dhlomo, Kass Naidoo, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Snowy Khoza and Yusuf Abramjee.We’re going to have four tiers of Champion South Africa. We want to identify up to 40 people in each level.The first tier is the Champion South Africans. The second tier is called Future Champions. They are people who have a potential to become Champion South Africans. Thirdly, you’ll get the student champion, and the fourth tier will be the community champion.MJ: On Twitter you started the hashtag #TeamOfTheWeek in which you ask people to nominate people who had done great things. Tell us about #TeamOfTheWeek.AG: We choose a person for #TeamOfTheWeek because it was someone who had done something remarkable within of period of seven days.Just because you are in the #TeamOfTheWeek does not mean you are a Champion South African but it does mean your contribution will help to build a nation of champions. A Champion South African is someone who is formidable and is a globally known player.What can South Africans do if they want to be part of Champion South Africa?People such as Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada were Champion South Africans. We need to honour them by ultimately becoming champions like them. They passed on the baton to us.Our grandchildren will reflect on us. If we are not producing new champions, then we are not making a significant shift in the country. Remember, champion people build champion people. Champion people build a champion nation.Each one of us is on the field of play. You have to commit to be the best person for your country.You need to up your game to be in one of those tiers of Champion South Africa. If you change your mindset [to be a champion in everything you do], then you are already part of the Champion South Africa movement.The Champion South African listOn the first tier are the Champion South Africans:1. Felicia Mabuza-Suttle – well-known television host, businesswoman and motivational speaker.2. Snowy Khoza – CEO of Bigen Africa and the founding chair of Knowledge Management South Africa.3. Dr Thandeka Mazibuko – healthcare practitioner and businesswoman who specialises in the treatment of cancer. She also heads up Women of Magnitude.4. Janine Hills – CEO and founder of Vuma Reputation Management.5. Thebe Ikalafeng – global African branding and reputation architect, adviser and author.6. Douglas Kruger – professional speaker, business author and innovation strategist and the only speaker in Africa to have won the Southern African Championships for Public Speaking a record five times.7. Wendy Luhabe – social entrepreneur, mentor and author.8. Leanne Manas – host the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s News breakfast show, Morning Live.9. Abey Mokgwatsane – CEO of Ogilvy & Mather South Africa.10. Kass Naidoo – South Africa’s first female cricket commentator, sports anchor on Radio 2000 and founder of GSport for Girls.11. Imtiaz Sooliman – founder, director and chairman of Gift of the Givers, the largest disaster relief organisation of African origin in Africa.12. Themba Baloyi – founder and executive director of Discovery Insure, a short-term insurance company.13. Michael Jordaan – former CEO of First National Bank who now heads a private investment company, Montegray Capital.14. Farah Fortune – publicist and founder of African Star Communications.15.Carolyn Steyn – founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, executive producer of film Mandela’s Gun, Tongue in Cheek host on SABC3.16. Yvonne Chaka Chaka – internationally recognised South African singer, songwriter and entrepreneur.17. Gil Oved – an entrepreneur who is the co-founder and co-CEO of advertising agency The Creative Counsel.18. Vusi Thembekayo – South African based global business speaker, author, investor and serial entrepreneur.19. Jeremy Sampson – founder of the Interbrand Sampson Group.20. Khanyi Dhlomo – founder and CEO of Ndalo Media and Ndalo Luxury Ventures, as well as a TV host.21. Riaan Manser – pioneering explorer who was the first person to circumnavigate the coast of Africa by bicycle, a distance of 37,000km, through 34 countries over two years and two months.22. Yusuf Abramjee – consultant, social cohesion advocate and Play Your Part ambassador.23. Phuti Mahanyele – businesswoman, former CEO of Shanduka Group and executive chairperson of Sigma Capital.24. Dr Ridwaan Mia – leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon.25. Buyane Zwane – motivational and inspirational speaker, student and leadership development practitioner and business owner.26. Conrad Koch / Chester Missing – South Africa’s top ventriloquist and a double International Emmy nominated comedian, best known for his puppet character, Chester Missing.Stay up to date on Champion South Africa on Twitter:#ChampionSouthAfrica Tweets Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Ohio agriculture looking for options and increased flexibility as rains continue

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Yesterday, Ohio’s commodity groups penned a joint letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue, asking for previsions to allow planting and normal harvest, including making silage and baleage, and grazing of forage crops/cover crops on prevent plant acreage for 2019 without penalty and without date restrictions. They also asked the Secretary to allow harvest, that includes making silage and baleage, and grazing of forages on CRP ground and all eligible acres for 2019 without penalty and date restrictions.These groups also met with Director Pelanda at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Leonard Hubert, Ohio State Executive Director of USDA Farm Service Agency and Governor DeWine’s staff to discuss how and when a Secretarial Disaster Declaration can be made and what benefit it might provide to our farmers who have been affected by the most challenging planting season on record. Here is the letter.Dear Secretary Perdue: The planting struggles taking place in Ohio this year are well documented. As representatives of Ohio’s agricultural community we are appreciative of the attention that this issue is being given, but we would implore you to provide even clearer guidance on what our farmers can expect long term while also addressing short term solutions that may provide needed relief.Because eligibility for trade assistance payments hinges on plantings in 2019, farmers are having to consider not only potential returns from late-planted crops, but also trade assistance payments, potential disaster aid and prevent plant coverage under crop insurance. Many of our farmers across the state are uncertain how to proceed and are requesting more details so they can make informed business decisions. We fully support the additional questions raised from our respective national organizations as well and ask for additional clarity as soon as possible.With Ohio at 50% planted corn and 32% planted soybeans as of the June 10th planting report, it is a stark reminder of the historical planting struggles being faced by so many farmers. Unfortunately, it is not just an issue of short-term planting struggles, but we also wanted to bring to your attention to the rapidly emerging livestock feed crisis for farmers across many parts of Ohio. Our dairy and livestock sectors are reporting a very serious forage and feed shortage for this year due to: • Significant hay winterkill this winter.• In areas that weren’t winterkilled, there has been very poor harvest conditions over the last several weeks during the normal window for 1st cutting hay harvest, and much of that is now past its peak quality and still unharvested.• Many of those same farms that lost or can’t harvest their hay due to excessive rain, also can’t plant corn for silage, oats, or other feed crops, and many of those acres will likely be prevented plant.Significant acres of corn potentially will be prevented plant this year. This presents both an economic as well as a conservation issue. As our farmers have worked diligently to incorporate conservation practices on their fields, leaving these acres bare could marginalize their good work by creating a scenario of increased sediment and nutrient run-off. A solution to address both the livestock feed and environmental challenges is that many of those prevented plant crop acres could be planted to forages for harvest. However, administrative action is needed to allow this to happen. We are asking you to make the following provisions, immediately:• Allow planting and normal harvest, that includes making silage and baleage, and grazing of forage crops/cover crops on prevent plant acreage for 2019 without penalty and without date restrictions.•  Allow harvest, that includes making silage and baleage, and grazing of forages on CRP ground and all eligible acres for 2019 without penalty and date restrictions. We are not asking for a permanent change but rather a one-time allowance due to the unprecedented weather challenges dairy and livestock farmers are facing across Ohio.Thank you for your consideration. This is a very time sensitive issue, and needs immediate attention, as farmers across our state are facing some of the most significant challenges they have endured in their entire farming careers. We are proud of the multi-generational history of Ohio agriculture and ask you to stand with us during their trying times.Elizabeth Harsh, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers AssociationScott Higgins, Ohio Dairy Producers AssociationAdam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau FederationBryan Humphreys, Ohio Pork ProducersJim Chakeres, Ohio Poultry AssociationKirk Merritt, Ohio Soybean AssociationChristopher Henney, Ohio AgriBusiness AssociationRoger High, Ohio Sheep Improvement Associationlast_img read more

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Home Decor: One Startup Tackles E-commerce’s Biggest Hairball

By on December 15, 2019

first_imgStarting Tuesday, the shopping discovery site Polyvore expands its expertise from just fashion to home goods, too. But this deceptively simple announcement reveals nothing about the technical hoops Polyvore’s developers have had to jump through to make this happen. Polyvore is best known as a place where users can make collages, or “sets,” out of their fashionable finds. The 20-million user community certainly isn’t the only fashion discovery site out there, joined by the likes of Wanelo, Wish, Fancy and others. But while the e-commerce sphere has clearly nailed down fashion, home decor has proved to be a difficult beast to tame. Pinterest, while not self-defined as a shopping site, has shown just how popular home goods curation can be. Why do competitors like Wanelo only dabble in home decorations and why is Polyvore only just committing to it now?See also: The Art Of Technology And Vice Versa: Polyvore’s Jess Lee“It turns out home is a lot more complicated than fashion,” said Jess Lee, Polyvore CEO. According to Lee, Polyvore’s had to revamp its search algorithms, which previously were fitted only for fashion. For example, the algorithms realized that there is only one use for a clothing item like a shirt—it goes on your body. But a lamp? That could go in a bedroom, bathroom, any room in the house. And that’s to say nothing of home items’ collisions with fashion.Same Search, Different Meanings“Because Polyvore supports both fashion & home, we often have to disambiguate queries and usage. For example, if you search for ‘glasses,’ do you mean drinking glasses or eyeglasses?” Or if you search for ‘floral,’ did you want floral dresses or floral throw pillows?” said Lee. “We had to build separate search indexes for fashion and home, and then try to figure out which one you meant.”Originally, when Polyvore began in 2007, founder Pasha Sadri used it to create mood boards while remodeling his home. But while users have technically been able to work with home goods since the beginning, the site’s search just wasn’t robust in that department. Polyvore’s search could only tell if you were looking at a lamp, and suggest other lamps. Starting today, it can categorize and add recommendations for stylistically similar lamps by popularity and taste. “Training our machine learning classifiers and categorizers took more work because there was more ground to cover,” said Lee. “Generating product recommendations required a deep understanding of the product features that matter. For example, chevron prints on pillows and modern stylings for beds.”Polyvore gets points for ambition, but don’t expect the service to be perfect. Unlike fashion, which shopping discovery sites have had years to perfect, home is just gaining traction. The more data Polyvore algorithms learn from users, the more accurate it will eventually become.“Data quality is one of those areas where it’s impossible to achieve perfection and you can only asymptotically get closer,” said Lee. “Users always notice if results are bad, however they won’t applaud you for ‘not’ screwing up your search results and recommendations because it just feels like part of a natural and delightful user experience.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market lauren orsini Tags:#ecommerce#fashion#shopping last_img read more

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Mistakes University Students and Graduates Make in Their Jobs

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first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#educational helps#Graduate students#university students Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … My Name is Mark Tim. I am an Australian Content Writer What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…center_img Lacking Business Skills. Lacking Business etiquette skill is the prime mistake which students commit while choosing the career. Being matured and brilliant is not just enough. Business etiquette and social skills becomes barrier in one future career opportunity. If you have never learned the business etiquette, they will help you go through the difficult time transition from college to workplace.Business skills include understanding the proper way to communication with other and how to present yourself at business meetings and in office. Proper business skills should not become the barrier in your career; prepare yourself for the upcoming future challenges by reading books, attending business etiquette classes, be attentive in every situation.Accepting regretful work. Accepting a regretful work is another mistake student commit while choosing their career. Many of the students accept the job in which they are not interested or willing to work. Some graduates are so desperate to work the accept any post which comes along. Many students commit this mistake as they believe bad jobs, are better than no jobs and then they regret it later.  It is important to get a job, which is worth waiting for the best opportunity in which the one is interested in your field of expertise. Being Scared of Challenges. Being Scared of challenges and do not taking risk is the most common mistake students commit while choosing their career. Many of the students wants a secured career but they are not willing to accept the challenges being faced in real world. According to University Assignment help a job is not only the option after completing graduation. If one wants to become an entrepreneur with own dreams of being your own boss, one must have to launch the business immediately after completing graduation. It doesn’t mean that one is not willing and capable of doing job. If one is at home they can work from home part time or full time for the growing your own company. Not Using Customize Resume. The other mistake most of the students commit in their career is that they do not use customize resume. Resume is the base to the company where one can judge your capabilities, knowledge, skills, abilities. When you are applying for the same post in different companies you might print multiple copies of your resume and cover letter. But one must be beware, managers are really good at identifying cookie-cutter or generic resumes, this might result in losing their best opportunity. So the resume must be customize instead of generic. With the Customize resume one can easily identify skills, knowledge, abilities according to the post in the jobs. Customize resume helps the candidate for the best possible opportunities.Failing to Negotiate.Most of the students fail to negotiate their salary requirement it is the most common mistake that students commit to their career. Students do not counter offer their salary being scared of losing the opportunity and accept low salary. One must calculate how much salary you realistically need. Spend some time on research online or as a trusted person for the worth value of your work. It is not guaranteed that what you have researched you will get but gives the best idea to expectation. When one offers you, a job thinks about it overnight do not hustle in the opportunity and just grab it, but think it twice, make counter offers for more money the key is to request and not demand.Conclusion:Be smart and say no to these mistakes. Your one mistake can takes away the best opportunities for your career growth. Finding the first job after the graduation is the most time consuming and stressful task. Despite of knowledge and skills, it becomes difficult to climb up the ladder of the career. Choosing the right career is important as it will impact you the whole life. There are many considerations in choosing up the right path based on our skills, capabilities, knowledge, abilities. One must choose the career which aligns the best to their talents. Don’t stray down a path which is not suitable to you. Understand the mistakes university students and graduates make in their jobs.These are the mistakes that university students and graduates make in their jobs. Avoid these while choosing a career: Mark Tim Related Posts last_img read more

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Flyweight bet Dave Apolinario outclasses foe to stay undefeated

By on November 27, 2019

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The 20-year-old Apolinario cruised to a unanimous decision with two of the judges scoring it, 79-72, and the other, 80-71.The Sarangani native improved his undefeated record to 10-0 with six knockouts while dealing Sarguilla his second loss against seven wins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesApolinario attacked with precision while also making Sarquilla throw punches in the air.Saquilla, to his credit, was tough-as-nails as he managed to go the full eight rounds despite all the punishment he took from Apolinario. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Dave “Doberman” Apolinario vs Romshane Sarguilla. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Flyweight prospect Dave “Doberman” Apolinario made target practice out of compatriot Romshane Sarguilla Saturday at the start of main bouts of ESPN5’s fight card at Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.Apolinario was relentless yet careful and was never in trouble throughout the fight.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss WATCH: Next Manny? Pacquiao’s eldest son Jimuel shows off boxing chops View commentslast_img read more

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