15 July 2008State telecommunications company Telkom has announced its willingness to work with the Department of Trade and Industry’s incentive programme by significantly dropping the costs of bandwidth for the business process outsourcing and offshoring (BPO&O) industry in South Africa.BPO involves relocating business processes that a company usually performs in-house to a third-party service provider, such as a customer care or call centre, to carry out on behalf of the company. Outsourcing becomes offshoring when the third-party service provider is located overseas.“We do not expect to make any profit from the BPO sector,” Telkom group executive for strategy Steven Hayward said at a national BPO&O conference in Durban last week. “We are prepared to do this for the department’s incentive programme and the BPO industry.”In 2004, Hayward said, two megabits of bandwidth cost R250 000 a month, which was “absolutely exorbitant”. This had gone down to R200 000 a month in 2005, R135 000 a month in 2006 and R105 000 in 2007.“This year the price for the same amount of bandwidth will be R88 000,” Hayward said.He also announced that Telkom was now offering its multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) technology – which has voice carrying capabilities and is far less expensive than its equivalents – to the local industry at R50 000.US market ‘under-exploited’Craig Reines, managing director of US-based BPO giant TeleTech, which recently set up a facility in Cape Town, told the conference that South Africa should be at the top of the list when it comes to business process outsourcing and offshoring.India, he noted, had a BPO industry that has grown by over 500 000 jobs since 2004, but unlike South Africa had suffered two major terrorist attacks and four significant natural disasters in that time.Over the same period, another of South Africa’s competitors, the Philippines, had had six terrorist bombings, 50 media assassinations, three attempted coups and seven super typhoons, as well as earthquakes registering above 7.5 on the Richter Scale.Reines asked why South Africa was under-exploiting the BPO opportunities that existed in North America, despite its being the United States’ 10th largest trading partner.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa echoed Reines, telling conference delegates that while the Euro-zone would remain a strategic BPO market for South Africa – “as we get to deal with their service needs in real time” – the United States would be targeted for its potential.The minister explained that as Americans were getting ready to go to bed, South Africans were getting ready to go to work, “and we could therefore deal with their service requirements overnight, allowing the problem to be dealt with by the time they arrived back at work the next morning.”Industry poised to grow globallyMpahlwa said the BPO&O industry was expected to have a global value of around US$50-billion in 2008 and to grow by 50% per annum over the next three to four years, creating an additional 3-million direct jobs worldwide.“However, it is also anticipated that there will be some unmet demand, as existing centres will not be able to maintain or grow their supply for a number of reasons,” including talent and infrastructure “bottlenecks” in traditional BPO centres such as the Philippines.At the same time, the global increase in prices had forced many companies to cut costs, particularly in the United States, creating an added incentive for businesses to shift certain functions, such as after-sales service and data processing – overseas.“What this means is that a window of opportunity exists for us to further develop the sector in our country, and to do so as rapidly as possible,” the minister said.Support programme“Certainly the evidence exists that rapid development is possible,” he added, noting that R658-million in investment value had been attracted, and more than 25 000 direct and indirect jobs had been created, since the launch of the government’s BPO&O support programme in 2007.This programme includes a BPO&O investment incentive comprising an investment grant of between R37 000 and R60 000 per seat, and a Training and Skills Support Grant – to help cover the costs of company-specific training – of up to R12 000 per agent.Mpahlwa said the department would be looking to raise these incentives further still.Andrew Briggs, sales group executive at Dimension Data, said that while the government had shown commitment to making South Africa’s BPO industry more attractive, the cost and ease of doing business in the country remained a concern.Source: BuaNews
12 October 2010Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has launched a dress rehearsal for Census 2011, calling on all South Africans to get ready to participate in the third national population count since the advent of democracy in the country in 1994.Stats SA will deploy 120 000 officials across the country from 10 to 31 October 2011 to document South Africa’s entire population, including homeless people and illegal immigrants.As part of its preparations for the census, Stats SA is conducting a countrywide “dress rehearsal” between 10 and 31 October 2010.Census 2011 – the last census was conducted in 2001 – will consist of three questionnaires: one for households, one for institutions, and one for people in transit.“We will ask you about your access to services such as water, electricity and sanitation,” Statistician-General Pali Lehohla said at the launch of the dress rehearsal in Pretoria on Sunday.“Out of this arsenal of information we will know whether South Africa is making progress or not. We will also know what needs to be done.”Lehohla said that while South Africa had security issues, people would be able to recognise Stats SA’s enumerators by their yellow bibs, and check their legitimacy via identity cards with photos and identification numbers to which the public would have access.The enumerators will be required to hold a matric certificate, and will be appointed in their communities to cover over 14-million households, Stats SA project director Calvin Molongoana said on Saturday.The estimated budget for the census R1.2-billion, which will cover the cost of the enumerators, the overall logistics, as well as 3 200 training areas for staff and data processing.Stats SA’s deputy director-general for population and social statistics, Kefiloe Masiteng, said the census was something the nation could be proud of.Planning Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, speaking via a pre-recorded video message at the launch, encouraged all South Africans to participate in the census.“We need to know what we’ve achieved,” Manuel said. “We need to know all issues to take decisions about people’s lives. Every person in South Africa counts.”The results of Census 2011 are expected to be released in March 2013.Source: BuaNews
Co-founder of One Young World Kate Robertson speaks at the press conference. Iggy Sathekge speaks on behalf of Brand South Africa.(Images: Cadine Pillay) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Hiles Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • SA to host One Young World 2013 • Young people: own your destiny! • SA is Africa’s top nation brand • Building a thriving African brand• Empowering young people in SACadine PillayJohannesburg is ready to host 1 500 youth leaders from around the world who will attend the One Young World (OYW) Summit in 2013.This was announced at a press conference held in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Tuesday 18 September by the City of Johannesburg. Mayor Parks Tau was in attendance, alongside OYW ambassadors as well as representatives from the corporate world.Opportunity for AfricaOYW, founded in 2009, is a London-based non-profit organisation that brings together young people from around the world and provides a platform for them to engage world leaders on social issues in an effort to create positive change.Director of stakeholder relations at Brand South Africa, Iggy Sathekge, said the South Africa should use this opportunity to help brand Africa and not see the event as just being for young people.“South Africa cannot be successful if the rest of Africa is not, because South Africa is Africa,” he said.Brand South Africa has partnered with OYW and played a crucial role in Johannesburg winning the host city bid. CEO Miller Matola will be a member of the advisory board during the course of the summit.OYW co-founder Kate Robertson said Johannesburg exhibits the passion and conviction to inspire and motivate young leaders, and to welcome the world.“As a South African, it’s amazing to see the summit coming to Africa, where there is a great need to develop young leaders to address pressing socio-economic issues.”Tau said the City of Johannesburg is proud to be associated with a dynamic global organisation such as OYW which, in its short existence, has become a tremendous force for good and a great catalyst to communicate the aspirations of the younger generation to international leaders.“We must focus on that which brings us together rather than that which divides us,” he said.The young ambassadors who will converge on Johannesburg will attempt to find solutions to local, regional and global challenges. They will be mentored by world-famous counsellors such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, performing artist and political activist Sir Bob Geldof, former UN chief Kofi Anan, Nobel prize laureate Muhammad Yunus and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who have already inspired them to begin projects that drive positive change and improve lives.“One Young World really is a brilliant network of extraordinary shared accountability, a rare and unique platform to engage the world’s youth on what matters now, and what will matter the most, tomorrow,” said Catherine Peter, Africa director for the organisation.While Johannesburg’s planning for the event gets underway, OYW is getting closer to the start of the 2012 event in the US city of Pittsburgh in October. Over 40 South African delegates are expected to attend, while counsellors will include media mogul Arianna Huffington, former US president Bill Clinton, singer Joss Stone, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Geldof is included in the Pittsburgh lineup as well.“The combination of inspired and passionate youth, a city committed to developing them and addressing their concerns, and sponsors committed to promoting change will all contribute to making OYW 2013 a spectacular event with the power to bring about real change in the world,” Robertson said.At the closing ceremony of the Johannesburg summit – the dates for which are still to be decided – delegates will graduate as OYW ambassadors, joining a global network of young leaders who are creating positive change around the world.
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point guard derryck thonton dukeJust one day after he met face-to-face with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, five-star Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton has committed to the Blue Devils, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi. Breaking News. PG Derryck Thorton has told ESPN that he has made a verbal commitment to Duke. STORY http://t.co/cdlFzc6kM1— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) April 21, 2015As Biancardi states, Thornton will reclassify to 2015 and enroll at Duke this summer. His decision fills a crucial void for the national champions, who didn’t have a true point guard on their roster following the departures of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones. The 6-foot-2 Thornton will be expected to run the show for Krzyzewski’s squad, which is still in the running for a handful of 2015 recruits, including five-star wing Brandon Ingram. Despite the losses of Jones, Cook, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor, Duke projects as a borderline top-10 team next season with Thornton, forward Chase Jeter, shooting guard Luke Kennard and Rice transfer Sean Obi joining a nucleus of returnees which includes starting forward Matt Jones, Final Four hero Grayson Allen and veteran big men Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson.
It didn’t take long for Deshaun Thomas to point out the reason behind the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-45 victory against Minnesota. The junior forward, known for his prowess on offense, credited the Buckeyes’ tenacious effort on the defensive end of the court. “We played great defense,” Thomas said after Wednesday night’s game. “That’s what Ohio State basketball is all about.” “Great” might be a fair way to describe the Buckeyes’ defensive performance against the Gophers. In all, OSU held Minnesota to 29 percent shooting, as the Gophers limped to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. The Buckeyes’ energized defense looked completely different from the lethargic one that was annihilated by Wisconsin the game before. In OSU’s 71-49 loss to the Badgers on Feb. 17, the Buckeyes were picked apart on the defensive end, looking unprepared and even disinterested at times. “I think against Wisconsin we were just out there, we weren’t doing our job,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “This game we came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and we were able to feed off that.” The phrase “defense wins championships” is an age-old idiom. Whether OSU is a championship-caliber squad has yet to be determined. But one thing seems to have become clear in recent weeks, and it was confirmed against Minnesota: giving a great effort on defense helps OSU stop opponents, but such an effort also affects the Buckeyes’ ability to score. Part of OSU’s need for strong defensive efforts can be attributed to its deficiencies on offense. Though the Buckeyes have Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer averaging 20.1 points per game, no other player averages double figures. So when the Buckeyes are forced to execute their offense in the half court – where defenses are able to key in on Thomas – OSU sometimes produces fairly ugly results. “They are talented, but they don’t shoot the ball well,” said former Buckeye Jerry Lucas, who was honored as one of the top 75 players in NCAA Tournament history on Wednesday. “That seems to be the thing that lacks the most in this team, they just aren’t consistent shooters.” The Buckeyes might not have the most proficient shooters, but players like Scott and sophomore forward Sam Thompson appear to thrive in fast-paced games when they can race up and down the court. Fast break opportunities seldom happen when a team is taking the ball out of the net after their opponent scores. But when a defense can get stops and steals, then they will likely also receive a chance to run. OSU did just that against Minnesota, forcing 21 turnovers and scoring 20 points in transition. “I think when our defense is really rolling, it helps our offense get going,” said Scott, whose three steals proved to be a catalyst in OSU’s ability to turn defense into offense against the Gophers. “We knew we wanted to pressure them the whole game, but we didn’t want our defense to speak for itself,” he said. “If they turned the ball over, we were going to execute off of that.” The Buckeyes will now turn their attention to a bout with No. 4 Michigan State on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) beat OSU by three points earlier in the year and are a game behind Indiana for the top spot in the Big Ten standings. No. 18 OSU (19-7, 9-5 Big Ten) is in fifth place, trailing Indiana by three games. The top four teams in the conference receive a bye in the Big Ten tournament, which tips off on March 14. Despite the gravity of the upcoming game against Michigan State, Scott said the team will treat it like any other. If the Buckeyes are to pull off the upset, they will likely need to treat the Spartans with the defensive effort seen against Minnesota.