South Africa needs to use its strengths, tied up in the spirit of ubuntu, to our advantage.(Image: Brand South Africa) 30 August 2016South Africa was still a young, evolving nation, agreed participants in the Culture, Heritage and People plenary session of the Brand South Africa Nation Brand Forum. It was, however, a nation of stories, with a people who were inventive, spellbinding storytellers.The forum is a gathering of the government, business and civil society with the objective of defining an inspiring narrative that can be used by all stakeholders when marketing South Africa internationally. It was launched by Brand South Africa on 24 August 2016.It is a proactive marketing programme that will be a flagship initiative for Brand South Africa and will be used to promote a positive nation brand image and reputation.The plenary participants said that apart from this storytelling talent, South Africans were also passionate, friendly, tolerant and kind. These qualities – summed up in one word, ubuntu – were the strength and advantage that set the country apart from other nations. This was what people experienced when they visited South Africa, and what they remembered when they returned home.The group took the time to define arts, culture and heritage to guide their conversation. For the group, the arts served as a means of individual and collective creativity and expression. It was through art that a nation created identity.This identity, especially as it was expressed through popular art forms, was our culture, the things we held important that formed our collective identity.Heritage, in the opinion of the group, was the shared inheritance that South Africans embraced as a people.Together, they created an identity that referred to as Brand South Africa. If it was true that a brand was more than symbols, as was argued in the group, and was the emotional connection a person formed through experience, then South Africa worked from a position of strength.How best to take advantage of its strengths led to lively debate. Through consensus, participants decided on four points:– South Africans needed to focus on their shared history and heritage.– They needed to document their history, keeping in mind the context.– South Africans needed to avoid selective amnesia.– The country needed to build up and promote new icons who embodied the South African story.In relooking at who South Africans were, it was important to remember their place in Africa, geographically and historically. South Africa had a unique recent history, one that gave it a louder voice to change the “heart of darkness” narrative people used to tell the story of Africa.For Brand South Africa, it is important to find a way to change the misguided, but popular narrative of the country. The country should remind the world that it is a “nation of achievers in the midst of adversity”. South Africa’s great richness is its rich heritage and cultural history. (Image: Brand South Africa)
References Johnson, B., Rosenstein, J., Buhrke, R., & Haldeman, D. (2013). After “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”: Competent care of lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel during the DOD policy transition. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 1-9. doi: 10.1037/a0033051This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDWhile the creation of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy (DADT), made it legal for lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals to serve in the military, it still restrained LGB military members from being able to engage in LGB relationships. With the repeal of DADT, LGB military members now can be open about their relationships without military repercussions. Yet, even with the repeal of DADT there are still risks LGB military members may face in having an open relationship (Johnson, Rosenstein, Buhrke & Haldeman, 2013).Johnson, Rosenstein, Buhrke, and Haldeman (2013) explain that, due to the military’s historically unaccepting environment to LGB military personnel, there is a stigma that may remain. Such a stigma among military members may create an unwelcoming or hostile environment for those who do not have the same sexual orientation. The researchers explain there may be resistance, homophobia, prejudice, exclusion, and harassment that can flare up against LGB military members in the military environment. These could be legitimate concerns for LGB personnel, and therapists should be willing to listen to the client and follow his or her lead as far as comfort with disclosure. Such stressors, or concern about those potential stressors, could cause LGB military personnel to want continue to conceal their sexual orientation, which can affect their health and well-being. Furthermore, these stressors may result in decreased job satisfaction and commitment to the military, as well as other negative outcomes.[Flickr, St. Pete Pride Parade 2015 by CityofStPete, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Johnson and colleagues (2013) recommend that mental health providers seek an awareness of the environment and stressors that LGB military members face. It is recommended that practitioners pursue cultural awareness by actively seeking to better understand the negative experiences and stigma clients may have encountered as a result of their sexual orientation, particularly in the military setting. It is also recommended that mental health providers create an environment of acceptance and support when assessing and treating a client. Finally, they stress that those mental health practitioners who do not feel adequately trained to provide care for LGB military personnel to provide appropriate referrals. When providing a referral, seek other mental health providers with an expertise in LGB affirmative treatment, LGB networks for professionals, and local LGB community resources. To learn more about LGB military personnel check out our webinar on “Needs and Supportive Strategies for Professionals Working with LGBT Military Families” or our previous blogs here:Children of Gay and Lesbian Parents Gay and Lesbian Family Dynamics
The Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday gave its nod to a new law against organised crime in Uttar Pradesh along the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). At a meeting presided by the Chief Minister, the State cabinet approved the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act, 2017.The BJP government is expected to introduce the proposed legislation in the Winter Session of the State Assembly, which commences from Thursday. The government said the UPCOCA was brought to check and curb acts of oganised crime and mafia, including land grabs, illegal mining, sale of illegal medicine and illicit liquor, wildlife smuggling, extortion, abduction syndicates as well as white-collared criminals. The draft of the proposed law, which could be tabled in the Assembly soon, was prepared in consultation with the State Law Department and after an “intensive study” of MCOCA, Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma said. A similar law was passed by the Uttar Pradesh government in 2007-08 when Mayawati was in power but it had to be withdrawn after then President Pratibha Patil refused to give it assent. Shrikant Sharma, U.P. Cabinet Minister, said it was the BJP government’s “priority” to make the State “free from injustice, crime and fear, and establish the rule of law.”Under the UPCOCA, the State would be empowered to seize the property of those implicated by the law during the period of investigation and properties acquired by people through illegal activities and organised crime would also be seized. State security would also be withdrawn from persons booked under the the law. Special courts would be set up for the trial of cases under UPCOCA for speedy conclusion. “Criminals will not be able to roam free for too long,” said Mr. Sharma.The government is introducing the UPCOCA when it already has a stringent law to check crime syndicates, the Gangsters Act. However, the UPCOCA would have 28 provisions in addition to the Gangsters Act.S.R Darapuri, retired IPS officer, was critical of the UPCOCA. He said the present laws were sufficient to deal with crimes in UP and there was no need for a special Act. Mr. Darapuri also said that the general experience was that “all such laws were misused against the weeker sections of the society,” in particular Dalits and Muslims.”These Special Acts do not help much in controlling crime. The need is for the existing laws to be implemented uniformly. There is a tendency to add more laws to cover up failure of the state in implementing existing laws,” Mr. Darapuri told The Hindu.
The Election Commission of India has granted the Jannayak Janta Party the status of a recognised State party and the symbol of “key” in Haryana, according to a letter sent by the EC to the party earlier this week.On Wednesday, the EC told the Haryana-based party, currently an unrecognised registered party, that it had met the conditions laid down for recognition of a State party in Haryana. The JJP, formed in December 2018 by a breakaway faction of the Indian National Lok Dal, won 10 seats in the recently-held Haryana Assembly elections and formed the government with the BJP.
A new hope Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse rolled to the best start of its PBA life on Wednesday night, but coach Louie Alas wants his charges to drop all of their bad habits if they are to become a force later on in the Philippine Cup.“We again fell into our [bad habit] relying on our offensive firepower after we take big leads,” Alas said after the Fuel Masters plastered Columbian, 108-98, at Smart Araneta Coliseum for a 3-0 card that now stands as the new team mark. “It happened twice [in this game] and we failed to execute after that.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We want to win because of our defense,” said Alas, who admitted to being the most surprised in the team over their 3-0 start, especially after going winless in three tune-up games and losing two of those by wide margins.Next up for the Fuel Masters is Blackwater, and Phoenix will have a 10-day break before that game, which Alas said they would use “to learn more things and correct their mistakes.”John Paul Calvo scored 18 points to lead the Dyip, who will next slug it out with red-hot NorthPort, which is on a 2-0 run and is also enjoying its finest all-Filipino start under Pido Jarencio.Later in the night, RR Pogoy dropped the biggest points in the stretch and saved TNT KaTropa from imploding, with an 85-80 nipping of NLEX giving the Texters their first win.Pogoy hit a triple with 43 seconds left for five-point lead and then sealed the deal with two free throws with 2.6 ticks to play as the Texters finally broke their silence while dealing the Road Warriors a third straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Despite what Alas said, his Fuel Masters looked impressive in handling the Dyip and their super rookie CJ Perez, whom they held to just 10 points after he debuted with 26 in an upset 124-118 conquest of four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.“We are still young, enjoying situations like that,” Alas continued in Filipino, referring to his wards holding a 19-point lead at one stage before allowing the Dyip to creep closer in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We (coaching staff) need to instill it in the minds of the players” to keep playing hard even with a big lead, Alas said. “And we won’t tire reminding them (players) what to do.”Matthew Wright scattered 22 points, Calvin Abueva accounted for 16 and three others tossed in 12 or more for Alas. View comments