South Africa fields strong team at Davos 2011

first_imgAgainst a backdrop of snowy Swiss slopes,a billboard in Davos invites delegates atthe 2010 event to experience South Africa.(Image: World Economic Forum) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122• Zanele Mngadi  Chief director, Presidency communications  +27 12 300 5431 or +27 82 330 1148 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s BRIC membership to boost country• Team SA punts country in Davos • Zuma welcomes world at Davos • SA hosts World Economic Forum • South Africans leading the worldMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting runs from 26 to 30 January in Davos, Switzerland, and as was the case in previous years, South Africa is well represented in 2011.Team SA 2011 is headed by President Jacob Zuma, who is accompanied by key delegates from the private and public sectors, including finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, and energy Minister Dipuo Peters.Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola, chairperson Anitha Soni and marketing manager Sophie Masipa, among other Brand South Africa personnel, are also attending the high-powered gathering of political and business leaders.The 2011 WEF meeting convenes under the theme Shared Norms for the New Reality, and will address a number of concerns facing world leaders today. They include the rise of digital media and technology; the emergence of blossoming superpowers such as China and India; debt, joblessness and decreased growth in Western countries; and the failure of the global economic system to successfully address issues such as poverty, inequality and the environment.South Africa’s agenda runs on three levels. On a national scale, the aim is to promote the country as a competitive nation, and to attract investment to boost economic growth and create more jobs.At a regional level, the country will drive relevant issues of concern to the continent, and on a global scale, the delegation will promote South Africa as a competent player on the world stage.South Africa’s Presidency describes the four central pillars of the 2011 meeting as: • Responding to the new reality; • Economic outlook and policies for defining inclusive growth; • Supporting the G20 agenda; • Building a risk response network.Zuma is scheduled to host a dialogue with some 60 CEOs of international corporations, where he and his ministerial delegation will discuss opportunities in South Africa.Attractive investment and tourism destinationAccording to Matola, the country has already demonstrated its capabilities to the world, and although Brand South Africa’s representation at Davos 2011 consequently doesn’t need to be as big as the previous year, the organisation will continue to position South Africa as an attractive investment and tourism destination.Soni said that private-public partnerships were all-important.“At Davos 2010 our partnership with the private section saw South Africa represented at most panels and plenary sessions. We flew the flag high, but ongoing partnerships are vital if we are to successfully focus on what we want to achieve.”In 2010 Brand South Africa ran a successful campaign, titled Experience South Africa, to promote the country, which included huge, visually stunning billboards, featuring South African scenery, at Zurich airport and in Davos, and branding on buses in that town.Welcoming the worldZuma is expected to punt South Africa’s hosting of the 17th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP17), which takes place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, from 28 November to 9 December 2011. Zuma and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón will lead a discussion on lessons taken from the COP15 (Copenhagen, 2009) and COP16 (Cancun, Mexico, 2010) conferences, and expectations for COP17.As busy as always, the South African president will also co-chair a discussion featuring the UN secretary-general’s high level panel on global sustainability, together with Finland’s President Tarja Halonen. This event will focus on climate change as a sustainable development challenge, and the related issues of poverty alleviation, food security, and energy management.The annual Davos gathering will lay the foundation for this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa, which takes place in Cape Town from 4 to 6 May. The theme is Shaping Africa’s Role in the New Reality and will explore ways in which the continent can play a bigger leadership role in the new reality.last_img read more

Indaba to tackle SA mining challenges

first_imgLabour disputes, rising costs and slowing demand due to a stagnant global economy are the major issues faced by South Africa’s miners. How the country plans to address these challenges will be a key focus of the Investing in African Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town this week.More than 7 500 delegates, representing 1 800 international companies, will be in South Africa to discuss and debate mining interests in Africa.Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told a Brand South Africa gathering at the Cape Sun on Sunday night that the transformation of the industry was fundamental to helping the country overcome its dual challenges of poverty and inequality, and ensuring that everyone benefited from South Africa’s mineral wealth.The mining sector roundtable, hosted by Brand South Africa, KPMG and CNBC Africa, included a panel discussion about the opportunities for growth offered by transformation.‘No plans to nationalise mines’ In a pre-recorded video address, Shabangu said improvements to the regulatory framework had been made with the intention of attracting investment, adding that the government had repeatedly reassured investors that it did not have plans to nationalise South Africa’s mines.“The way to balance profit and social responsibility is to work together,” the minister said. “Partnerships are key.”Shabangu urged investors to view transformation as a positive, not a negative factor: “See yourself as contributing to South Africa, the gateway to Africa”.Miller Matola, the chief executive of Brand South Africa, said it was important to discuss ways to ensure the sustainability and success of what is a key sector of the South African economy.“We must find ways to take advantage of opportunities that are presented by a continent that is clearly on the rise,” he said.‘New solutions needed’ Godfrey Olifant, the deputy minister of mineral resources, said that although South Africa could do better, growth in the industry was strong and he was comfortable that “we are doing well”.Rivalry between unions and the importance of beneficiation to employment creation were not new issues, Olifant said. The challenge was rather to find new solutions to old problems.Change required commitment, he said, and it was time “to do something new”.Also participating in Sunday night’s roundtable were Chamber of Mines of SA vice-president Khanyisile Kweyama, South African Mining Development Association president Bridgette Motsepe Radebe, and Leslie Maasdorp, president of the Southern Africa at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.The organisers of the four-day Investing in African Mining Indaba say the event has injected more than R336-million in revenue into the Western Cape’s economy over the past five years, creating 3 000 direct or indirect jobs.More than half of the delegates attending the event come from Africa, while 18% are from Europe, 12% from Australia, and 8% from North America.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Camera Insights: The Best A-Cam and B-Cam Video Setups

first_imgInvesting in a solid setup is well worth your money. Let’s take a look at three of the best A-Cam, B-Cam video camera setups currently on the market.There are more video cameras available today than ever before. Not only do you have your great line of DLSR and mirrorless prosumer cameras, there are also many high-end cinema cameras that run the gamut of specs and price tags.Speaking from experience, when I worked in-house with a video production company, there were often times when I needed at least a couple of cameras for a shoot. In many cases, these are A-camera and B-camera setups, where your A-cam is your high-end option for the majority of your filming, while your B-cam is usually your slightly lower-end camera, used for off-angle coverage and pickup shots.In any situation, you can always mix and match your camera selections for the unique needs of your project. However, if you’re looking to invest in a solid setup — or just looking for some good go-to options — here are some of the best A-cam, B-cam setups currently on the market.Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro and the BMPCC 4KBlackmagic isn’t quite the “legacy” brand like some other names on this list, but the masterminds behind DaVinci Resolve are trailblazing their way into the forefront of the digital video camera game. While the URSA Mini Pro has been a solid A-camera (4.6K, ProRes 444 + 422 recording) cinema workhorse since 2017, the real variable in this equation is Blackmagic’s new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, which is a popular B-camera companion that boasts many of the same specs but at a fraction of the price.You could also consider Blackmagic’s recently announced URSA Mini Pro G2, which features greater high-frame rate recording. However, now may be a good time to strike, with the original Mini Pro most likely about to drop in price, thanks to the next-generation release.Specs for the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro:Super-35mm CMOS sensor4608 x 2592 video up to 60pCompressed raw recordingReady-to-Edit ProRes 444 + 422 recordingDual CFast 2.0 memory card slots12G-SDI output, timecode & REF input1080p flip-out screenTouchscreen interface2 x XLR audio inputs with phantom powerMagnesium alloy bodyPrice: $4,995Specs for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K:4/3″-sized HDR sensorRecord DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 up to 60 fpsDual-native ISO to 25,6005″ touchscreen displayActive micro four-thirds lens mountRecord up to 120 fps windowed HDCFast 2.0 & SD/UHS-II card slotsExternal recording via USB Type-C13-stop dynamic range, 3D LUT supportPrice: $1,295Canon C300 and the Canon 5DI might be one of the last people in the world who still likes Canon cameras, but I spent years shooting on the Canon C300 — and both the Canon 7D and Canon 5D. Most of my career has been run-and-gun videography (and sometimes photography, to boot), so a reliable camera like the 5D or 7D has been invaluable.Meanwhile, Canon’s C300 has been a very solid cinema A-camera offering — a favorite of documentary filmmakers and corporate video producers (also for its reliability and favorable color science).And while we list the Canon 5D Mark IV as a good B-camera pairing (the brand’s latest version of its flagship camera), the 5D Mark III is actually pretty comparable as well, and you can find it much cheaper (or possibly used). You can also combine your combo workflow with the C100 as an A-cam, as well as other Canon cameras, like their new mirrorless EOS R or EOS RP. Or other DSLR options like the 7D or the 6D for the B-cam.Canon C300 Mark II specs:Super 35mm CMOS sensor4K,1920×1080 60/50i, 23.98/25p True 24pCanon XF AVC H.264 codecEF lens mountDual-pixel CMOS AF technology>Rotating 4″ LCD monitor2 x 3G-SDI output, 2x XLR inputs2 x CFast card slotsTimecode I/O, genlock in & sync outCanon Log 3 gammaPrice: $9,999Canon 5D Mark IV specs:30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensorDIGIC 6+ image processor3.2″ 1.62m-dot touchscreen LCD monitorDCI 4K video at 30 fps; 8.8MP still grab61-point high density reticular AFNative ISO 32000, expanded to ISO 102400Dual pixel RAW; AF area select buttonDual pixel CMOS AF and movie servo AF>7 fps shooting; CF & SD card slotsBuilt-in GPS and Wi-Fi with NFCPrice: $2,999 (body only)Sony FS7 and Sony A7 IIILet’s not leave out the other major player in digital mirrorless and cinema cameras of the past several years. Going full Sony for your A-camera/B-camera setup may be your best image capture option. The Sony FS7, with its Super 35mm-sized CMOS sensor, is one of the most diverse and multi-functional A-cams on the market.Combined with the full-frame Sony A7 III (or perhaps the Sony A7S II), you should get the best of Sony’s sharp and crisp color science, and superior low-light performance, for more uncontrolled and vérité-style shoots.Here are the specs for the full Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System:Super 35-sized CMOS sensorSony E-mountDCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 60pUHD up to 60 fps, HD up to 180 FPS4096 x 2160 via external recorderXAVC-I, XAVC-L, MPEG-2XAVC-I Up to 600 Mb/sDual XQD memory card slotsDual HD/3G-SDI & HDMI outputErgonomic handgrip with camera controlsPrice: $6,999And the specs for the Sony A7 III:24MP full-frame Exmor R BSI CMOS sensorBIONZ X image processor & front-end LSI693-point hybrid AF systemUHD 4K30p video with HLG & S-Log3 gammas2.36m-dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF3.0″ 922k-dot tilting touchscreen LCD5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE stabilizationISO 204800 and 10 fps shootingBuilt-In Wi-Fi and NFC, Dual SD SlotsUSB Type-C Port, weather-sealed designPrice: $1,999 (body only)Cover image by lapandr.For more camera and gear insights and advice, check out some of these articles:NAB 2019: Our Favorite Releases From This Year’s Show5 Steps for Prioritizing Your Filmmaking Gear InvestmentsIndustry Roundup: Top Destination Jobs for VideographersGear Roundup: Finding the Best SD Cards for Your CameraThe Cameras Behind Popular Netflix Originals: Films and Serieslast_img read more

Without Ronaldo, Madrid loses to Espanyol in Spanish league

first_imgMOST READ Madrid stayed seven points behind second-place Atletico and 14 points behind leader Barcelona. Atletico hosts Leganes on Wednesday and Barcelona visits Las Palmas on Thursday.“We didn’t deserve this goal in the last minute,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We played well, created chances, but things didn’t go our way in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRonaldo, who scored eight goals in his last four games, was rested by Zidane to make sure he is fully fit for the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League next week. The European champions won the first match 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Madrid hosts Getafe in the Spanish league on Saturday in its final game before the match in Paris. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Espanyol Gerard Moreno, center, scores against Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Diego Lopez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and Real Madrid at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Real Madrid couldn’t overcome the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters on Tuesday, losing 1-0 to Espanyol in the Spanish league to see its five-game winning streak come to an end.Gerard Moreno scored three minutes into injury time to give Espanyol the victory against the defending champions. The result left Madrid in danger of losing third place to Valencia, which is two points behind going into its match at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Toni Kroos, Marcelo and Luka Modric also did not play as they try to recover from injuries for next week’s game against PSG. Casemiro was left out because of a stomach problem, while Dani Carvajal and Karim Benzema started on the bench.Gareth Bale played up front along with Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Isco. The midfield had Marcos Llorente and Mateo Kovacic, and the full backs were Nacho Fernandez and Achraf Hakimi. Benzema replaced Isco in the 69th minute.Madrid had outscored opponents 20-7 in its five-game winning streak.Espanyol, 13th in the league standings, hadn’t won in seven matches, since it ended Barcelona’s 29-match unbeaten streak in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals in January. Its last league win came eight rounds ago, at Levante. It had already beaten Atletico 1-0 at home and drawn Barcelona 1-1 in the league.Espanyol had never beaten Madrid at RCDE Stadium, where it began playing in 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Moreno, who had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half, scored the winner with a shot from near the penalty spot after a well-placed cross by Sergio Garcia following a late breakaway.“It was more or less the same against Atletico and Barcelona, we found a way to win in the end,” Moreno said. “This result restores our confidence after a series of poor results.”GIRONA MOVES UPGirona remained in the fight for a Europa League spot by defeating Celta Vigo 1-0 at home, continuing its impressive debut season in the first division.Portu scored a 14th-minute winner to put Girona in seventh place, two points behind sixth-place Sevilla.The Catalan club was coming off a 6-1 loss against Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium.Celta, which has only one win in its last five games, dropped to ninth place. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vettel fastest in Ferrari on cold 2nd day of F1 testing View commentslast_img read more