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first_img25 May 2011The smooth running of last week’s local government elections once more demonstrated South Africa’s growth as a democracy and how it continues to attract the respect of the international community, President Jacob Zuma said after a meeting with the board of the International Marketing Council of SA on Tuesday.“For us, the elections, like many events we have held before, are once again proof of how we can help market this brand called South Africa,” Zuma said after the meeting in Pretoria.“To be a democratic country is very important because now we have people who are able to link their vote to their living conditions, and that markets SA in terms of its democracy.”The elections also helped South Africa to boost its international marketing both politically and economically, Zuma said.The meeting, also attended by businesspeople and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, discussed at length the need for business and government to work together to market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.Established in 2002, the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) is tasked with developing and implementing proactive and coordinated marketing and communication strategies for the country.IMC chairperson Anita Soni said South Africa’s advanced telecommunications and research infrastructure made it one of the most attractive and competent countries in the world.“What we discussed in this meeting is that, considering the things we have, it is very important moving forward that we as South Africans become brand ambassadors for our country, because we have a lot to be proud of,” Soni said. “But it will take all of us to achieve that,” she added.Zuma used the meeting to appoint Geoffrey Rothschild, Moss Leoka, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana and Ramasela Moloto, all from the private sector, as the new members of the IMC board.New government representatives on the board are Presidency Director-General Cassius Lubisi, Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October, Arts and Culture Director-General Sibusiso Xaba, and Timothy Scholtz from South African Tourism.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Seventh-ranked Cilic, the 2012 champion, played a near-perfect opening set. He saved Lopez’s only break point with an ace before striking with his first opportunity to take the lead.Lopez’s serve often came to the rescue with 10 aces during the second set, the most important of which saved one of Cilic’s two break points in the second game.Having forced a tiebreaker, Lopez found another gear and produced faultless tennis to take it 7-2.Neither player earned a break point as the high-quality serving continued in the third set, leading to a decisive tiebreaker.Cilic had the first match point, but Lopez executed a fine volley under pressure before finally claiming the title as Cilic sent a forehand wide on the Spaniard’s third match point.ADVERTISEMENT “There is no better preparation going into Wimbledon,” Lopez said. “To win here, to play Wimbledon in a week, is a great feeling.”“It’s tough to believe at 35 that I’m playing my best tennis, but I am.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ In the deciding tiebreaker, Lopez saved a match point when trailing 6-5 with a stretching forehand volley, before sealing victory at the third opportunity.A beaten finalist in 2014 when he failed to capitalize on a match point against Grigor Dimitrov, Lopez once more displayed his grass-court skills ahead of Wimbledon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I cannot believe that I’ve finally won this trophy,” Lopez said. “It’s the best week of my career — to win this tournament at this stage of my career, it’s so amazing.“It’s tough to put that match point (in 2014) away from my mind. I was serving for the match again, it was so difficult to handle my nerves.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Spain’s Feliciano Lopez celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Croatia’s Marin Cilic at The Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London, Sunday June 25, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)LONDON — Feliciano Lopez saved a match point as he came from behind to beat Marin Cilic of Croatia and claim the biggest title of his career at Queen’s on Sunday in the Wimbledon warm-up event.The 35-year-old Spaniard failed to break the serve of fourth-seeded Cilic throughout the grass-court final but fought back to win 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (8) in a match lasting around 2 ½ hours.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playofflast_img read more