Interview: China critical to BRICS’ future development — BRICS Business Council leader

Published 4 September by Xiong Maoling, Mathieu Wintrebert

XIAMEN, China, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) — China is a very important anchor of BRICS and is critical to its future development, chairman of South Africa BRICS Business Council has told Xinhua here on the sidelines of the ongoing BRICS summit.
Despite the sluggish economic situation in certain member countries, “all the ingredients are there for us to be successful,” said Iqbal Surve on Sunday, as leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) are gathering here for the bloc’s 9th summit.
Having visited China 15 times since 2007, Surve said he is amazed every time he comes back by how different parts of the country have developed. “Certainly China is leading the way,” he said.
As Chinese President Xi Jinping called on BRICS to expand the coverage of its cooperation at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum, Surve said he personally welcomed the initiative. “That can only benefit the people of those countries.”
During the Xiamen summit, China will hold the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries, where leaders of Egypt, Guinea, Mexico, Tajikistan and Thailand will join the BRICS leaders to discuss global development cooperation and South-South cooperation.
Surve thinks the idea of BRICS Plus fits the bloc’s aim to help people overcome challenges, lift people out of poverty and support people in meeting their aspirations.
The South African businessman also lauded BRICS’ rapid development in the past decade. “I’m actually astounded by the speed at which we’ve been able to achieve outcomes. I think it’s unprecedented,” he said, citing the BRICS’ New Development Bank (NDB) as an example.
The NDB, which was opened in Shanghai in 2015, approved loans totaling 1.55 billion U.S. dollars last year to seven programs on sustainable development and is expected to offer loans of 2.5 billion U.S. dollars this year. The bank launched its Africa Regional Center last month.
As the chairman of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, Surve also expressed the hope that when making investment decisions, the NDB will really take into account the fact that the global economy has been digitalized.
“Investment has to take place in digitalization. It has to take place in technology and we can no longer think that investing in infrastructure is sufficient,” he said.
Speaking about the development of African economies, Surve said it’s important to promote the market integration of African economies in areas such as technology transfers, technology investments, green economy, sustainable development, and so on.
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Naspers and BizNews no different from Bell Pottinger

Published 31 July 2017, by Dr Iqbal Survé

I have been reading with interest how Bell Pottinger used, not only their own platforms, but also those of other media houses in an attempt to change South Africa’s narrative.

In essence, Bell Pottinger was peddling fake news on behalf of the much alleged corrupt and money-grabbing Gupta family.

When the tide turned against Bell Pottinger and when they were unmasked as using fake news, they were rightly ridiculed and condemned as agents working against the majority of South Africans.

Bell Pottinger, contracted by the Gupta family, has been condemned for trying to influence the South African narrative around fighting embezzlement, fraud and state and corporate capture.

They manufactured news and promoted the notion of White Monopoly Capital, Black First Land First and others.

his fake news was swallowed and sent out so easily by our competitor, Naspers Media24 and their surrogate, BizNews.

But they also used fake news when the Sekunjalo-led consortium was purchasing Independent Media.

They used their considerable resources to malign Independent Media, me in my personal capacity and as executive chairman both of Sekunjalo and Independent Media.

Their fake news attacks became increasingly vicious and spurious after the sale of Independent Media was completed.

It became clear to me that Naspers Media24 and their surrogate speak with forked tongues when it comes to the creation of fake news. They attacked Bell Pottinger for peddling fake news yet they are guilty of the same.

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OPINION : Why Brics is important to SA

Published 31 July 2017, by Dr Iqbal Survé

When you identify an opportunity grab it, steer it and keep it on course with everything you have. I believe in steering true north, and now we have an opportunity to chart a new course for the great SAS South Africa. As the chairperson of the Brics – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – business council South Africa chapter; as an innovative entrepreneur and businessman, and above all else, a South African, I have many concerns.Our high unemployment rate, educating our youth, equipping them with relevant skills, building infrastructure, our gross domestic product (GDP) and attracting foreign direct investment are high on my agenda. There is no argument that we are dealing with one of the most important destructive apartheid legacies, second-class education – which led to a myriad of social evils. The results of which need more than just two decades to repair.

We have to credit our government for realising the goal for SA to be a partner in this multinational forum. The state continues to amend policies and laws to create attractive conditions to draw investments.

It was after intense lobbying with economic giants and wealth-creating nations, Brazil, Russia, India and China, that we joined the partnership seven years ago. We set ourselves on a course and to roll back centuries of economic drought.

Brics gives us an opportunity to create jobs, and work in tangent with the partnership to re-skill and up-skill our workforce.

It is not up to the government alone to fix this. The state is not a creator of a lot of jobs. This is where the private sector has a role to play, to work hand in hand with the government. It is without question; for our economy to grow, we need to create jobs for millions of young people, SA has participated in many multinational institutions, such as the UN, the AU, and the G20. Our partnership with Brics is not meant to be at the exclusion of other investment partners such as the EU and North America. It is intended to augment the partnership and draw increased investment.

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Independent Media responds to Biznews’ attempted hatchet job

Published 28 July 2017, by Staff Reporter

Independent Media has responded to an online article which attacks its executive chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé.

In a statement, the media house said that the author of the article in Biznews, Ed Herbst, continued to try and discredit Survé. “This blatant propaganda is fake news at its best which cannot be taken seriously by any reasonable person,” the statement read.

Herbst’s article refers to the fact that Survé is not mentioned as a doctor who treated Nelson Mandela in Dr Vejay Ramlakan’s controversial book, “Mandela’s Last Years”, despite Survé having served as a doctor to Mandela and other Robben Island prisoners.

The article also revives previous attacks by other detractors on Survé and his ownership of Independent Media.

“Once again BizNews is running a piece, with flagrant disregard for the facts,” the statement read. It condemned the “obsession with Dr Survé and his business interests” and asked why anyone would keep searching for evidence of his relationship with Mandela – the focus of the article – and then try to connect it with an event being arranged by the Daily Maverick (DM).

Herbst’s article says it would be interesting to see if Survé “shows up” at the media event in Cape Town on August 3. However, Survé had earlier declined the invitation due to other commitments and is not participating.

The DM website has been updated and does not list him as a speaker.

 

Global firm eyes $2bn bid for ANA

Published 25 July 2017, by Business Report
ANA, Africa’s first advanced multimedia and news syndicated service and social media platform, has received a $2bn (R25bn) bid from a technology fund, according to market sources.ANA has representation in more than 40 African countries, London, New York, Mumbai, Shanghai and Moscow; with a global audience of more than 1.3 billion consumers.

“A technology fund has put in an offer for ANA’s business, which exceeds a call option of $2bn; ANA has 60 days to exercise the option”, the source told BR late yesterday.

Market sources indicated that SoftBank Group, a Japanese fund that recently raised $100bn, has its eyes set on ANA. SoftBank is a Japanese multinational telecoms and internet firm and has operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, Internet, technology services, finance, media and marketing.

The other possible buyer was “Facebook, a US-based social media company”, an industry source told BR.

ANA chief executive, Grant Fredericks, didn’t’ confirm or deny the speculation, but told BR that “the market can expect an announcement later this year. I cannot deny that we are in an advance stage with more than one global group interested in buying ANA.”

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Independent Media joins hands with Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Published 25 July 2017, by Staff Reporter

Independent Media was named an official partner of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon at the 50-day countdown to the event on Tuesday.

Jermaine Craig, head of Independent Media’s sports division, says the partnership with the Cape Town Marathon is a strategic move to align the media company with this world-class event.

“Running is the most accessible leisure activity and in Cape Town especially, it brings people together in a way that transcends our diverse cultures as the people of this city. This is what we strive to achieve with our longstanding brands as well – our media platforms are essentially bridge-builders and connectors of people,” said Craig.

“We at Independent Media are looking forward to a strong partnership with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

“As the African continent’s only gold-standard marathon, we support the lofty global objectives of staging an event comparable to the best in the world, amongst the likes of the London, Berlin, New York and Tokyo Marathons.

“Even more so, we at Independent have the strong Cape Town and national footprint to support the event’s growth in South Africa’s strong road running community, and to engage, unite and involve all sectors of the Cape Town community behind this fantastic event.”

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is on track to host the first IAAF Gold Label city marathon in Africa. The 42.2km road race has made huge strides since it was relaunched in 2014, quickly establishing its place as one of only a select few marathons in the world to achieve IAAF Gold Label status.

Thabied Majal, Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM) Group Executive: Corporate Affairs and Services, said: “We are proud to sponsor the marathon for the fourth consecutive year. The race is Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label marathon.

“Under this prestigious grading, it places this event, the City of Cape Town and our continent on the global stage alongside famous city marathons such as Boston, New York, Tokyo and London – and with it, gives athletes from Africa the opportunity to compete against the best long-distance runners on home soil.”

Last year’s winners, Britain’s Tish Jones and Ethiopia’s Asefa Mengstu Negewo, have confirmed that they will be back to compete.

Negewo broke the record for the fastest performance for a standard marathon on South African soil in last year’s race.

The route this year has been slightly modified to make it even faster by eliminating several turns, thereby giving both local and international athletes the chance to chase record times.

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INDEPENDENT MEDIA LAUNCHES NEW LIFESTYLE SUPPLEMENT – SATURDAY LIVE

Published 6 July 2017, by a Staff Writer

It’s time to Take Back Your Saturday – forget about chores or being a couch potato, go out and have fun.

To help you reclaim your day off, Independent Media is publishing Saturday Live from this week.

The national 12-page lifestyle supplement will appear in the Saturday Star, Independent on Saturday, Pretoria News Weekender and Weekend Argus Saturday from tomorrow.

Even though it is a national supplement, readers can expect to keep up-to-date with specific events in their area.

You can win at being a weekend warrior, with the supplement as your guide to entertainment, fashion, food and lifestyle events and, generally, how to have a happy Saturday.

Some of the best lifestyle journalists who have their fingers on the pulse of all that’s “hip and happening” in South Africa, will be contributing to the supplement.
Comedian Tumi Morake is one of our regular columnists and of course, Independent’s top lifestyle journalist, Nontando Mposa

The head of Independent Media’s Lifestyle division, Mbuso Khoza, says Saturday Live will be anchored by a mix of local, national and international trends, fun ideas and luxury events.

“The concept for a national supplement was realised after our research showed that many people spend long hours doing mundane chores over weekends, instead of doing what they would love to. The weekend is meant for fun, and what better time to have fun than on a Saturday. Saturday Live is going to inspire you to Take Your Saturday Back”.

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Brics Media should be about the untold stories

Published 25 June 2017, by Riana Howe

The Brics Mainstream Media Forum in Shanghai culminated with the signing of a co-operation agreement between China’s Shanghai United Media Group and Russia’s Sputnik on Sunday.

Kochetkov Sergey, the first deputy editor-in-chief of Sputnik, signed the agreement with Shanghai United Media Group’s president Qui Xin.

Delegates from Brazil, India and South Africa, who also attended the forum, “Internet Era: The win-win co-operation of Media”, agreed to work towards greater Brics collaboration.

Dr Iqbal Surve, executive chairperson of Independent Media, said Brics Media should be about the untold stories.

“It’s about the narratives…and it’s going to become even more important as the world becomes more polarised, that the untold stories are told,” he said.

“Cooperation is absolutely critical,” Surve said.

“Until the lions tell their side of their story, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. So in this world where we are trying to make sure that as a Brics grouping, as developing nations, as nations that are aligned to progress, development, win-win co-operation, that we must tell begin to tell our stories.”

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Liz Morris named editor of Conde Nast House and Garden

Published 14 June 2017, by a staff writer. 

Liz Morris has been appointed as editor-in-chief of House and Garden, the Conde Nast Independent Magazine Division announced on Monday.

Morris takes over from the magazine’s present editor Leigh Robertson and her appointment is effective from August 1, 2017.

Michelle Fenwick, managing director of Conde Nast Independent Magazines, commented: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Liz back and look forward to working with her again. Liz returns to the magazine to an enhanced position whereby she will be responsible not only for maintaining the high quality of the editorial content but developing the brand across multi-media platforms and seeking out new commercial and marketing opportunities for CN House &Garden”.

“As a respected creator of content both during her time on the magazine and subsequently thereafter in a private capacity, Liz is most ably qualified to take on this role.”

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Africans need to tell their own story

Published 09 June 2017, by Mphathi Nxumalo.

DURBAN – Changing the mindset of Africans was key in developing Africa, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Friday.

She was launching her coffee table book, titled African Union Commission which summarises her term as the African Union’s chairwoman from 2012 to 2017.

The launch was hosted by Independent Media at the Hilton Hotel in Durban on Friday.

Dlamini-Zuma who described herself as a “continental soldier” said people think the world donates to Africa but instead it’s Africa that donates to the world in terms of labour and resources. She said this mindset needs to change.

Dlamini-Zuma said this could change in a number of ways. One of them was to improve intra-Africa trade and it was important for the continent to industrialise, from infrastructure to energy.

“Africa is a dark continent in the sense that we don’t have enough energy. Currently, Africa is generating slightly more electricity than Spain and in Sub-Saharan Africa most of the electricity is in South Africa which is not enough,” she said.

There was also not enough investment in the continent despite the continent being endowed with resources.

“We have every mineral you can think of,” she said. The most precious resource is its people she said. The continent has more than a billion people that are still young. By 2025, 25% of youth will be in Africa.

“It’s only people that can create wealth,” Dlamini-Zuma said.

But for people to be able to work there needed to be an investment in their health and education. She noted that it should be both men and women.

Part of good health was food, and currently, 80% of processed food in Africa is imported and this should not be the case.

“We should be doing it here for ourselves,” she said explaining that this could bring in tens of billions of dollars and could do a lot for the development of the continent.

This was particularly important as “Africa is the only continent that has unused arable land,” she said.

“We need to modernise agriculture so that women can work the fields better and attract young people to agriculture,” Dlamini-Zuma said.

She said Africa had a story to tell, and the book was part of telling the African story.

One person who also encouraged in telling the African story is Sekunjalo Executive Chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé.

He said Dlamini should not be referred to as President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife but as a woman in her own right. He lauded her successful fight against smoking in restaurants and public places. Survé lauded her role as Home Affairs, Health and Foreign Affairs among other things.

Except for Independent Media, Survé said the media portrayed black people are corrupt, murky and incompetent. This was the narrative perpetuated by the likes of Nasionale Pers and Caxton group who were running a campaign to remove a democratically elected government, Survé said.

Survé said it was only Independent Media that was giving both sides of the story.

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