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6 July 20005International confidence in South Africa has been strengthened by recent political and economic developments, according to Wendy Luhabe, chair of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC).A high-level delegation of South African business leaders, led by the IMC, recently returned from a week-long trip to the UK and Germany – a follow-up to the IMC’s Brand South Africa mission to the United States in 2004.According to the SA Press Association (Sapa), the 21-member team met privately with senior figures leaders in banking and investment circles, and held investment conferences in Frankfurt, Munich and London.The mission was supported by a television advertising campaign in European countries, with a short documentary on SA as a business destination flighting on European channels – including CNBC Europe’s influential World Business programme – throughout June. Download the documentary ‘Wealth of possibilities’“Investors are looking at South Africa with fresh eyes, and are recognising the wealth of possibilities waiting for them,” Luhabe told the SA Press Association.IMC Chair Wendy LuhabePresident Thabo Mbeki was widely praised in May after he decided, in the face of popular opposition at home, to fire SA’s deputy president, Jacob Zuma, after the Durban High Court found that Zuma and a former financial adviser had had a “generally corrupt relationship”.Mbeki’s appointment of former minister of minerals and energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, as Zuma’s replacement was also well received by the business community.Foreign investor confidence in South Africa has also been boosted by a number of major deals announced this year, with three of these – together amounting to about US$5.63-billion in foreign direct investment – following hot on each other’s heels since the beginning of April.According to Sapa, the IMC delegation was hosted by the London Stock Exchange, DaimlerChrysler’s Stuttgart headquarters, the Bavarian ministry of trade, technology and transport in Munich, Goldman Sachs and the editorial team of the Economist magazine.BEE ‘an economic plus’IMC CEO Yvonne Johnston told Sapa that questions from business people in Germany and the UK had focused on black economic empowerment (BEE) and business opportunities in SA.IMC CEO Yvonne Johnston“We pointed out how BEE had expanded economic participation from all the peoples in South Africa and thus contributed to stability,” Johnston told Sapa.“A small but expanding black middle class is already making an important contribution to economic growth.“Over the next 10 years, BEE will continue to swell the ranks of the middle class, raise disposable incomes, reduce unemployment and increase domestic savings.”Johnston said the delegation made presentations on “the rich potential of doing business in South Africa … Investing in South Africa allows companies to reach a customer base of more than 170 million people in our immediate region and another 550 million people on the continent of Africa.”According to Johnston, there is a growing interest in South Africa from investors abroad. “Investors see enormous potential – a stable democracy with sophisticated infrastructure and sound macro-economic policies. The Barclays-Absa deal has emphasised our country’s growing stature in the global financial world.Johnston said that Germany and the United Kingdom had been selected for the IMC’s latest overseas roadshow because they were SA’s biggest trading partners. “Our objective was to consolidate that position and explore the opportunities for further growth in two of the world’s biggest economies.”SA business heavyweightsThe IMC delegation included 2010 World Cup Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan, Business Unity SA CEO Bheki Sibiya, Airports Company SA CEO Monhla Hlahla, and JSE Securities Exchange CEO Russell Loubser.The leader of some of SA’s biggest companies and multinationals were also on board, among them Old Mutual Plc CEO Jim Sutcliffe, Siemens SA’s Klaus Doring, African Harvest MD Ethan Dube, Metallon chairman Mzi Khumalo, and Goldman Sachs International’s Lesley Maasdorp.Business Unity CEO Bheki Sibiya said he had informed European audiences of the huge potential in doing business with the South African SMME sector. “There are an estimated three million small businesses operating in South Africa, and they play a vital role in wealth and job creation,” Sibiya said.2010 World Cup Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said there would be considerable global interest in South Africa over the next five years. “This visit has introduced the European business community to the numerous opportunities that are opening up for new ventures and investments,” Jordaan said.The full IMC delegation:Klaus Doring (Siemens South Africa)Ethan Dube (MD, African Harvest)Hischam El-Agamy (director, IMD International)Jennifer Feinberg (Industrial Development Corporation)Monhla Hlahla (CEO, Airports Company SA)Yvonne Johnston (CEO, IMC)Danny Jordaan (CEO, 2010 World Cup Organising Committee)Mzi Khumalo (chairman, Metallon)Chris Landsberg (director, Centre for Policy Studies)Russell Loubser (CEO, JSE Securities Exchange)Wendy Luhabe (chair, IMC)Lesley Maasdorp (Goldman Sachs International)Mpho Makwana (regional executive, Standard Bank)Thabo Masebe (chief director, Government Communications)Mfanu Mfayela (CEO, SA Contact Centre Community)Raisibi Morathi (COO, Industrial Development Corporation)Seth Phalatse (board member, Denel)Bheki Sibiya (CEO, Business Unity SA)Monica Singer (CEO, Strate)Michael Spicer (executive director, SA Foundation)Jim Sutcliffe (CEO, Old Mutual Plc)SouthAfrica.info reporter
24 February 2006South Africans are increasingly aware of the dangers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the need to inform their partners and seek treatment when infected, says the Department of Health.Speaking in Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said statistics from the SA Health Review and other sources indicate that South Africans have become better at notifying their partners when they became infected and seeking treatment together.The notification rate had doubled from around 39% in 2000 to 83% in 2004, the minister said, while the percentage of patients whose partners were subsequently treated had increased from around 15% in 2000 to 24% in 2004.“This indicates that we are moving in the right direction, but it is not enough,” Tshabalala-Msimang said. “We are going to push harder and ensure that both partners ultimately visit our health facilities for treatment.”The prevalence of STIs such as syphilis is also on the decline. In 1999, the Department of Health recorded a rate of 7.3% for syphilis infection among pregnant mothers attending public sector antenatal clinics. By 2004, this figure had dropped to 1.6%.“This is a very significant drop in the prevalence rate of this particular STI and it is an indication that our public health awareness campaigns and treatment interventions are becoming effective,” Tshabalala-Msimang said.The minister was speaking at an event to mark the end of national STIs and Condom Week. The week featured community events, TV adverts and radio campaigns to highlight the importance of preventing and treating sexually transmitted infections and promoting the use of condoms.STIs increase the risk of HIV infection and some may lead to infertility, particularly among women.The minister also noted that the distribution of free male and female condoms approved by the South African Bureau of Standards for quality was increasing.“We realised that people found the packaging for the previous public sector condoms unappealing,” Tshabalala-Msimang said. “We redesigned these condoms to a funky blue-and-yellow Choice brand, and distribution has been increasing ever since, rising from 150-million in 1997 to more than 300-million last year.“Female condom distribution also rose, from 1.3-million in 2003 to 2.6-million in 2004.”She said the government would continue to campaign for the prevention and management of STIs, abstinence, faithfulness to one partner and consistent condom use.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
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