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LETOYA MAKHENE

Letoya Makhene is a South African actress, singer and TV personality who is best known for starring in South Africa’s famous soap operas, “Isidingo” and “Generations”. With a Constitution that allows freedom of belief, Makhene was able to answer her calling as a sangoma.

GEMINI MAJOR

Benn Gilbert Kamoto, better known by his stage name Gemini Major, is a Malawian-born record producer and singer-songwriter. Gemini was signed to Family Tree Records, a South African independent record label. After graduating in information technology, Kamoto decided to pursue his dream of being a recording artist instead. His move to Durban, South Africa, in 2009 made it come true.

IMRAAN CHRISTIAN

Imraan Christian is a photographer from Hangberg, Cape Town, a community riddled by gang violence, drug abuse and youth unemployment. Imraan shares with us how the Constitution and the right to freedom of expression has had his back and allows him to pursue his dream of being a photographer.

NEWS ARTICLES

[WIN] Tickets to see Mi Casa live in Europe

Attention South Africans living in Europe   Mi Casa is kicking off their European Tour this May, and you could stand a chance to see the South African trio live by simply naming two countries Mi Casa will be touring in Europe for the Who Cares Tour.   Complete the entry form below – Good […]

30 Year Review Executive Summary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA8DB1RLOQwIn the State of the Nation Address on 8 February 2024, I reflected on the events of 1994 when millions of South Africans voted in a democratic election for the first time in their lives. The events of 1994 are engraved in South Africa’s history, both as a decisive break with a difficult past and […]

Pathfinders continues to empower young township entrepreneurs

By Kagiso Bonoko   Founded in 2019 by the visionary Glenda Setshedi, Pathfinders has emerged as a beacon of hope and empowerment for young township entrepreneurs. Through strategic partnerships and innovative initiatives, Pathfinders has been instrumental in empowering township entrepreneurs, enabling them to not only survive but thrive in today’s dynamic, competitive, and ever-changing market. […]

Amazon’s launch in South Africa reinforces the country’s position as an investor-friendly destination

The recent launch of Amazon.co.za in South Africa goes far beyond providing customers in the country with a new online experience. While retail and e-commerce disruptions are inevitable, Amazon’s presence in South Africa highlights one key factor; South Africa remains a competitive and attractive market for investors across the globe.     In 2022, The Global Innovation […]

Brand South Africa and 947 are once again invading schools that Play their Part and it’s even bigger and better!

Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative, is once again, bringing the 947 School Invasion to five schools across Gauteng in an epic opportunity to ignite the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’ and inspire young South Africans to contribute to positive change in our country.   This partnership with 947’s Anele and The Club truly delivers on […]

SOUTH AFRICA’S GLOBAL REPUTATION SURPASSES EXPECTATION, BUT THERE IS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

In an effort to assess South Africa’s global reputation in various key areas, Brand South Africa conducted extensive research on the perceptions that other countries have on South Africa. A total of 17 countries were surveyed with over 9800 respondents and focused on brand audiences related to tourism, investment, talent, exports and general reputation.   […]

Celebrating 30 Years of Democracy: Reflecting on South Africa’s Journey

This year’s Freedom Day, on 27 April, marks the 30th anniversary of democracy in South Africa. On this day in 1994, many South Africans voted for the first time in their lives in a democratic election. This historic day, marked the culmination of centuries of the struggle to liberate people from oppression and suffering, dispossession […]

GLOBAL REPUTATION STUDY

As part of Brand South Africa’s mandate to monitor and enhance South Africa’s Nation Brand Reputation, in collaboration with government, the business sector, and civil society, the organisation conducts global research to assess the country’s reputation and competitiveness in key strategic markets.

From brain drain to brain gain

From brain drain to brain gain   Why South African expats are returning home   Globally, the migration of people living in other countries, rather than their country of birth continues to rise. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which is part of the United Nations, the number of international migrants has increased […]

The home of the VW Polo

Volkswagen cements its commitment to South Africa as an investment destination   South Africa is undoubtedly the most preferred location for multinational investors in Africa. As one of the most diversified and industrialised economies in Africa, the country’s well-established infrastructure and strategic location, positions South Africa as a key global hub. Global brands recognise the […]

Reflecting on 30 years of democracy at the 6th Human Rights Festival

If diamonds are forever as they say, then for us, the memories of the many brave South Africans who have sacrificed their own lives for our freedom will be measured throughout eternity. As we convened for the 6th edition of the Human Rights Festival, a medley of emotions filled the atmosphere as young South Africans […]

The Future of African Filmmaking Takes Centre stage at the 74TH Berlinale: European Film Market

By: Roxanne Francis     Our film industry has been dubbed “Africa’s most globally integrated and diversified economy” and it’s easy to see why. The recognition and platform given to the industry at the 74th Berlinale: European Film Market (EFM) once again positioned South Africa as a favourable film destination. In 2022, the *sector contributed […]

SA gears up to celebrate 30 years of democracy while aiming to attract investments

By Thoko Modise, Acting Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Communications, Brand South Africa     This week’s announcement of May 29th as the date of the next elections, as well as the successful delivery of the Budget speech, continues a flurry of positive news throughout this first quarter this of year, as South Africa […]

A bold new future for African Mining at the 2024 Mining Indaba.

It’s always amazing to witness the growth of an idea that began with a small audience that eventually grew to an even greater community from all over the world. This year was no exception as mining professionals from all over the globe convened for what was the 30th anniversary of the Mining Indaba at the […]

Esther Mahlangu, Mzansi’s own global icon

Meet Esther Mahlangu, a South African artist, best known around the world for her artwork that showcases her Ndebele heritage.   Esther Nikwambi Mahlangu, a Ndebele woman was born outside of Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa, in November 1935. Her passion for painting began at 10 years old, when her mother and grandmother taught her the […]

SANEF holds successful, first council meeting for the year

This past Saturday, the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) held a successful Council meeting in Cape Town, which was addressed by DKMS-Africa and Brand South Africa.   The Council meeting sets the tone for the year for SANEF, on the programme of action and media-related issues the organisation needs to focus on this year. […]

#PathFinders helping South Africa shine through its people

More often than not, a great deal of South Africans go out of their way to make a meaningful contribution in their communities. They do so with no expectation of rewards or any acknowledgement. What drives them is the desire to create a better society for all who live in it and the innate spirit […]

Empowering township youth through software development skills

According to tech landscape experts, 500 billion devices will be connected to the internet globally by 2030. With this prediction alone, the demand for software engineers is set to soar to unimaginable heights. The big question becomes, what does this look like for the tech landscape in South Africa and how will this affect those […]

Celebrating the agents of change for child-headed homes in South Africa

When everything is normal and life is happening all around us, we often fall blind to the challenges of other people. It is back to school season here in South Africa and a great deal of parents have taken to the different social media platforms to share images and videos of their young ones’ first […]

Statement by South Africa welcoming the provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice against Israel

Today marks a decisive victory for the international rule of law and a significant milestone in the search for justice for the Palestinian people. In a landmark ruling, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has determined that Israel’s actions in Gaza are plausibly genocidal and has indicated provisional measures on that basis. For the implementation […]

South Africa’s Resolve: Our Humanity Prevails, Unconditionally

Author – Lefentse Nokaneng             On 11 January 2024, South Africa took a decisive moral stance by bringing a case of genocidal intent against Israel at the International Court of Justice. This action reverberated across the entire world, transcending mere political discourse. It wasn’t merely a matter of moral solidarity on the international stage; rather, […]

South Africa’s Principled Stand: A Moral Beacon in Geopolitics

Written by Ebrahim Deen (Researcher, Brand South Africa)     “By bravely standing up for what is right and taking Israel to the ICJ, however, South Africa showed us that another world is possible: a world where no state is above the law, most heinous crimes like genocide and apartheid are never accepted and the […]

Brand South Africa Statement: Brand South Africa response to questions from the Sunday World.

[Johannesburg, South Africa, 13 January 2024]: Brand South Africa response to questions from the Sunday World. Brand South Africa will not be drawn into responding to false, malicious, and misleading allegations from unknown sources with intention to tarnish its reputation and its people. The organization reserves its right to respond to claims intended to damage […]

TEAM SA TO FLY THE FLAG FOR 30 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY IN DAVOS

Delegation to participate in WEF discussions on investment, Africa’s development, and the Just Energy Transition.   Johannesburg, 11 January 2024 | South Africa will fly its flag to mark 30 years of democracy with a series of events at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Klosters, Switzerland. This was at a send-off breakfast to […]

Brand South Africa Statement: Brand South Africa response to questions from the Sunday World

Ms Nadine Thomas Brand South Africa complied with the Labour Court judgement and reinstated Ms Thomas to her position as the Chief Financial Officer. Subsequently, an agreement to mutually separate was reached between the two parties, amicably. The terms of which are confidential, as agreed by both parties.   The Acting CEO, Ms Sithembile Ntombela, […]

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South Africa’s Response to the Outcomes of the Dubai Climate Change Conference COP28

13 December 2023   South Africa welcomes the landmark decision to adopt a Global Goal on Adaptation here at the COP 28 at the Dubai Climate Change conference. This is something our country together with the African continent and other vulnerable nations have struggled to achieve for many years.   “The decision recognizes different theme […]

South Africa Supports the SADC region’s Media Freedom and Responsibility to the Public

On Friday, 8 December 2023, Minister in The Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, hosted the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Media Awards Dinner.   The SADC Media Awards were established in 1996 to recognise the best media work in disseminating information on SADC to support the process of cooperation and integration in the region.   The awards […]

Fighting the good fight alongside the Tears Foundation during the 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children

The South African government launches 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children every year in efforts to eradicate this social ill among citizens. This year was no exception and true to the government’s commitment to this cause, Deputy President Paul Mashatile rendered the official launch at the Nsikazi stadium in the […]

Celebrating an everlasting legacy through the 21st Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Celebrating an everlasting legacy through the 21st Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.   How do we define an everlasting legacy? Secondly, who is responsible for the upholding of ideologies that have created a positive shift in the world that we live in? Well, if the 21st Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is anything to go by, it […]

Wits ARM Partnership 2023 (PYP) CM

Wits University and the African Rainbow Minerals spearhead a research collaboration between the Mining and Education sectors in South Africa.   What we often view as philanthropic work serves as a runway for future generations, enabling them to lift off into unimaginable heights. It is the sowing of a good seed with the hopes and […]

PRESS STATEMENT: UPDATE ON GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS COLLABORATION

President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday convened the bi-monthly meeting with members of Cabinet and senior business leaders for an update on progress to address key challenges across the South African economy, with a particular focus on energy, transport and logistics, crime and corruption.     President Ramaphosa, key Cabinet ministers and other government officials are working […]

A celebration of entrepreneurial stars at the 2nd National Presidential SMMEs & Co-operatives Awards 2023

Many people wonder unto themselves, what would the South African economic landscape look like without the brave people who go off the beaten path and venture out into the unknown quests of enterprise? The answer to that question lies in all the strides and initiatives that the government continues to make in order to support […]

Brand South Africa refutes misleading statements by Ms Ntsiki Mazwai

[Johannesburg – November 17, 2023]: Brand South Africa has noted misleading and misinformed statements made by Ms Ntsiki Mazwai on social media relating to her being withdrawn from a campaign that she claims was sanctioned by Brand South Africa. In her comments, she makes serious allegations against Brand South Africa including that she was defamed […]

A SOCIAL COMPACT FOR CITIZENS IN PUTHADITJHABA

By Kagiso Bonoko   The Free State and the Eastern Cape provinces had the highest unemployment rate in 2022 with 47.8% and 41.6% respectively. Thabo Mufutsanyana is one such municipality in the Free State with the lowest average household income.   The need for a social compact can result in improved service delivery, economic growth […]

2024 Grammy Nominations: South African talent puts a spotlight on the country’s creative flair

  Celebrations are in order as South African entertainers Tyla, Musa Keys, and Trevor Noah join other international talent on the list of nominees for the 2024 Grammy Awards. This will be the 66th edition of the much-anticipated awards ceremony that is scheduled to take place on 4 February 2024, in Los Angeles, United States. […]

KZN Youth and aspiring entrepreneurs excel in the Play Your Part Ignite pitching session

While economic challenges in the country remain, the strong entrepreneurial spirit of South African youth remains more prevalent and propelling entrepreneurs in the right direction with their business ideas can be the lifeline needed to end the cycle of poverty. Brand South Africa, through its Play Your Part Ignite roadshow, has been travelling through the […]

Nurturing Talent at the Tsitsikamma Constitutional Awareness Campaign

Talent that is not well developed, channeled and groomed may prove to be futile in the long run. As we’ve seen with most sporting greats, the display of their athleticism and talent has always been attributed to the early development and coaching that they’ve been exposed to at a young age. That is how champions […]

SOUTH AFRICA CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN TRADE RELATIONS WITH CHINA

The Deputy President of South Africa, H.E Mr. Paul Mashatile facilitates dialogue in China in an effort to strengthen trade and attract foreign direct investment     Shanghai, China – November 06, 2023: In a quest to harness investment and trade to unlock opportunities, the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency […]

Communities walk in support of people living with Autism

By Kagiso Bonoko     Bonamelo Moloi is an enthusiastic young man who’s very passionate about people’s wellbeing and fostering meaningful collaborations that promote and improve the welfare of communities. He strives to empower underprivileged and marginalized communities, by empowering vulnerable children, & youth,  through various programmes that  unlock efforts  towards sustainability and crafting a […]

South Africa’s continued progression through the lens of the 2022 Census

In recent years, South Africa has experienced significant demographic shifts, marked notably by a growing population, with a substantial portion of this growth attributed to the youth demographic. As the nation’s youthful populace continues to expand, it becomes increasingly imperative for policymakers, researchers, and social planners to review census data meticulously. This thorough examination not […]

South Africa’s Springboks prepare to defend their championship title against the All Blacks at the Stade de France

There’s great joy in the air across all parts of South Africa and the diaspora for the country’s victory over England at the semi final match on Saturday 21 October 2023. South Africans are still blown away at how the Springboks never cease to amaze the world with their unrelenting grit and desire for winning. […]

Western Cape scoops big wins at the World Tourism Awards

By Mduduzi Malinga The Western Cape is a South African province with coasts bordering the Indian and Atlantic oceans. It is known for the port city of Cape Town, set beneath Table Mountain.   The province is one of the domestic travel destinations in South Africa preferred by foreign tourists, with several local attractions and […]

South Africa was well represented at the 17th annual Toronto Global Forum in Canada

An assembly of leaders and decision makers across all spheres of society results in robust and practical solutions to tackle the most pressing issues of our time. Measures such as these were conceptualised by the visionary leaders of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) when they created the Toronto Global Forum (TGF) 17 […]

Calling All KZN Entrepreneurs! Play Your Part Ignite is here to give your business idea a boost!

Johannesburg 09 October 2023 – Sometimes, all a great idea needs is a little fine-tuning to give it the confidence and gravitas it needs to succeed. A nudge in the right direction can be life changing for many aspiring entrepreneurs in South Africa. Brand South Africa, through their Play Your Part Ignite roadshow, have been […]

South African Special Olympics Team honoured at the Union Buildings

The South African Special Olympics team have set a gold standard at the official seat of government. Ascending to the highest order fit for champions, their recognition by His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings was an occasion to marvel at. This is after their return from the 2023 Special Olympics World Summer […]

AGOA extension will boost trade between South Africa and the United States

Trade is a foundation of any country or society that aspires to prosper. It is as old as human civilisation.   In ancient times, trade began as a barter system in which humans exchanged animal skins or services for food. In Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) and ancient Egypt, people used gold bars as currency, and later […]

A South African changemaker’s, global acknowledgement for his work in eco-tourism

By Mduduzi Malinga   Born in Zambia in 1943, Adrian Gardiner’s passion and love for wildlife, came from his father who worked for a cattle ranching business and who taught them about camping in the bush and hunting from an early age.   Not long ago, he was awarded with a global award in the […]

Play Your Part: Rugby Competition: Terms and Conditions

Prizes – participants stand a chance to win one of 10 new Springbok Jerseys. This promotion is open to all South African residents aged 18 years and older. This online promotion runs from 22 September 2023 – 30 September 2023. The prize is valued at R1 400. Competition entry mechanics:   Entrants must submit their […]

South Africa and U.S. businesses establish bilateral forum to boost trade and investment

South Africa’s Minister of Trade, Industry, and Competition Ebrahim Patel has commended the business communities of South Africa and United States for taking steps to co-operate to boost trade and investment between the two countries.   Minister Patel led a high-level South African business delegation that met representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on […]

Making the love of the great outdoors accessible for Persons living with Disabilities

South Africa’s North star is and will always be an inclusive and equal country for all who live in it. Key to the realization of this goal are Government, Business and Civil society who dedicate their resources and time into bringing everyone to the table. Among these facets of society are our brothers and sisters […]

Celebrating Women in Sports: Highlights from the 2023 Momentum gsport Awards

The 2023 Momentum gsport Awards: A Night of Recognition and Empowerment.     The 2023 Momentum gsport Awards took centre stage as a celebration of the incredible achievements of women in sports, shattering stereotypes and shining as the true stars they are. This annual event, which aims to honour and uplift women in sports, was […]

Mpumalanga Youth seize the opportunity to ignite their entrepreneurial endeavours

Johannesburg 11 September 2023 – Brand South Africa through their Play Your Part Ignite Programme, have been on a national roadshow designed for the youth to motivate and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit, nationwide. Recently the Programme was  hosted in Mbombela to assist aspiring entrepreneurs based in the region with an opportunity to fine-tune their business […]

Journey through South Africa’s Architectural Legacy: Biennale Architettura 2023 Showcases Innovation and Cultural Fusion

Step into a world where architecture becomes a vibrant expression of a nation’s spirit and innovation at the La Biennale di Venezia, South African Pavilion.   The 18th International Architecture Exhibition, known as La Biennale di Venezia, has opened its doors in the mesmerising city of Venice, Italy. Drawing architects and enthusiasts from every corner […]

Yamam Gemmer – Mzansi made traditional ginger-beer

By Kagiso Bonoko     Ginger beer, or gemmere or igemere as it is known in the black communities of Mzansi, is a spring and summer ceremonial drink that is sure to be found at many events, celebrations, or gatherings.   Yamama Gemmer is a traditional homemade non-alcoholic ginger beer in a concentrate that is […]

STRENGTHENING ECONOMIC TIES BETWEEN SOUTH AFRICA AND UGANDA

Accelerating trade and investment between South Africa and Uganda has become a key opportunity to translate the ideals of the African Continental Free Trade Area into tangible economic growth programmes   [Kampala, Uganda – September 05, 2023]: The second Uganda-South Africa Trade and Investment Summit, currently underway in Kampala, Uganda aims to accelerate interaction and […]

Mpumalanga media practitioner wins award in Beijing

Gift Mona is making South Africa proud.   By Mduduzi Malinga   The country is inspired by Gift Mona’s story making waves at home and abroad. Gift was recently honoured for outstanding achievement at the Pride of Africa Asia Pacific Media Awards. These were established in 2013 and managed by the Appreciate Africa Network, which […]

Unforgettable Journeys: Children’s Dreams Take Flight at the Netball World Cup in Cape Town

The world held its breath as Cape Town, Africa’s vibrant gem, played host to an event of monumental significance – the Netball World Cup. Amidst the excitement and anticipation, three young champions embarked on an unforgettable journey, not only witnessing history but becoming a part of it. Let’s delve into their remarkable experience as they […]

Young people, listen up! Brand South Africa, is gearing up to revitalise your entrepreneurial spirit through its Play Your Part Ignite Roadshow. Mbombela, Mpumalanga, you’re next!

Johannesburg 15 August 2023 – Advocating for entrepreneurship has become essential in the South African economy where youth continue to remain vulnerable to unemployment. Many young South Africans, are now turning to creative and innovative solutions, such as entrepreneurship as an alternative to finding a job. Equipping  aspiring business owners with the appropriate skills to […]

Empowering Young South Africans through STEM Education

As a country that hinges on Ubuntu as a way of life, we understand that we are because you are. That is why the Brand South Africa initiative, Play Your Part was launched 11 years ago, to not only shed light on active citizenship but also encourage South Africans to uphold our key values as […]

SbKids clothing – When beauty and brains come together for a thriving business that pays it forward

By Kagiso Bonoko.   “Getting into retail or partnering with these established corporate companies and having them trust you as a start-up businessperson or a small brand, is very, very difficult. So, the Buy Local Summit gives entrepreneurs and young brands an opportunity to showcase their products, network, and rub shoulders with other similar minded […]

[WIN] Tickets to the Mi Casa Europe Tour

                                Attention South Africans living in Europe. Mi Casa are kicking off their European Tour this August and you could stand a chance to see the South African Trio live by simply telling us which Mi Casa song reminds you […]

Brand South Africa continues to rekindle the entrepreneurial spirit of South African youth across the country

South African youth remain susceptible to unemployment, with many turning to alternate methods of earning an income. Being an entrepreneur in an environment where employment is not always guaranteed has forced youth to become financially independent and find a means to contribute to the country’s economy. Equipping South African youth and aspiring businesses with the […]

Living out Madiba’s legacy in a month full of festivities

As history would have it, only a handful of leaders had the ability to have their ideals engraved in the hearts of people long after they’ve passed on. For us, Nelson Mandela was an embodiment of selfless leadership for people across the four cardinal points of the world. It is to this end that the […]

Dube Trade Port – An Emergent Durban Aerotropolis

Brand South Africa in collaboration with various civil society and public sector stakeholders; the Green Youth Network, Plastics SA, Presidential Climate Commission, Technology Innovation Agency partnered to support public schools and township Small & medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) that have been affected by looting, load shedding and floods that hit the Kwa-Zulu Natal province in recently. […]

Living out Madiba’s legacy in a month full of festivities

As history would have it, only a handful of leaders had the ability to have their ideals engraved in the hearts of people long after they’ve passed on. For us, Nelson Mandela was an embodiment of selfless leadership for people across the four cardinal points of the world. It is to this end that the […]

BRAND SOUTH AFRICA CALLS FOR RESTRAIN AS THE COUNTRY CONTINUES TO BATTLE THE TORCHING OF TRUCKS IN KZN, MPUMALANGA AND LIMPOPO

Johannesburg, South Africa – July 12, 2023: Brand South Africa has condemned the torching of several trucks that engulfed the country recently. As an organisation mandated with managing the image and reputation of South Africa, we urge those who are behind this violent act to refrain because it is damaging the image and the reputation […]

Caster Semenya demonstrates the resilience of South Africans amid adversity

Brand South Africa congratulates Olympic champion, Caster Semenya on winning her appeal against testosterone rules at the European Court of Human Rights.   Johannesburg, South Africa: July 12, 2023   Brand South Africa congratulates Caster Semenya, the South African Olympic champion runner, for winning her appeal at the European Court of Human Rights, in her […]

What About the Boys? Redefining Masculinity

By Kagiso Bonoko   “Growing up, boys are taught terms such as ‘don’t be a sissy’, ‘man up’ etc. This has led to a culture where men have learned to hide their true feelings, emotions, and anxieties and have to constantly prove their masculinity.” This was part of the opening remarks by Martin Sweet, founder […]

Mandela Day Walk and Run: Competition Terms and Conditions

Prizes – we are giving away 10 tickets to the Mandela Day Walk and Run. Each participant stands a chance to win one set of double tickets (x2 tickets per winner) to the Mandela Day Walk and Run taking place in Johannesburg on Sunday 16 July. This promotion is open to all South African residents […]

Local youth takes South Africa by storm with her traditional attire business

By Kagiso Bonoko     The challenges faced by the youth in South Africa are numerous and contribute to the high unemployment rate. These include inadequate skills and education, structural economic issues, limited work experience, Inequality and discrimination and high competition.   The South African economy faces structural challenges such as limited job creation, a […]

Gearing up for the first Netball World Cup on African Soil

Excitement levels reach an all time high in South Africa as we draw closer to the start of the 2023 Vitality Netball World Cup. Since its inception 60 years ago in 1963, the Netball World Cup will be hosted on African soil for the first time ever, where our very own Cape Town will be […]

Global South Africans celebrate Nelson Mandela Month in Lagos, Nigeria

On 1 July 2023, Brand South Africa kicked off the celebration of Nelson Mandela Month with an engagement with South Africans living in or visiting Nigeria as well as friends of South Africa in Nigeria. The session took place in partnership with the South African Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria and South African Tourism under the […]

SOUTH AFRICAN LEADERS ATTEND “SUMMER DAVOS” IN TIANJIN South African Business and Technology Research Leaders Contribute to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2023

A high-level South African delegation, comprising the country’s leading academic and business stakeholders, actively participated in the World Economic Forum’s 14th Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC) held in Tianjin, China from June 27-29, 2023. Colloquially referred to as “Summer Davos”, this influential meeting of over 1,500 global leaders from business, government, and civil […]

TROVE Wellness Fitness Festival Terms and Conditions

Prizes – participants stand a chance to win one set of double tickets (x2 tickets) to the TROVE Wellness Fitness Festival in Johannesburg This promotion is open to all South African residents aged 18 years and older. This online promotion runs from 3 July 2023 – 5 July 2023. Competition entry mechanics: Entrants must follow […]

BRAND SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE

LAGOS, NIGERIA – 30 JUNE 2023 | On 4 July 2023 Brand South Africa, in collaboration with the South African Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria, the South African Chapter of the BRICS Business Council and South African Tourism will host a Business Roundtable under the theme Promoting Regional and Continental Trade Through the AfCFTA and BRICS […]

Netball World Cup Competition Terms and Conditions

Prizes – participants stand a chance to win one of 3x Double Tickets to the Vitality Netball World Cup opening ceremony and Match Day 1. This promotion is open to all South African scholars (who play or show an interest in Netball) between the ages of 14 – 18 years old This online promotion runs […]

Brand South Africa partners with Mzansi Magic to bring you the historic Shaka iLembe

As a country with a great reputation for its rich history and cultural diversity, Brand South Africa would not pass up on the opportunity to partner in delivering world-class storytelling of one of South Africa’s most iconic and treasured Kings. We have collaborated with Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) to bring you a historic drama series […]

Mzansi’s own, Ledikana Creations – specialising in contemporary African garments

By Kagiso Bonoko    “I’ve always been very fashion conscious and passionate about hats, and every time I go to family gatherings or any type of social gatherings, I make sure that I put on an attractive hat” Mapholo Ledika   “So on the day I attended my aunt’s funeral, I had  this attractive hat […]

Brand South Africa refutes misleading utterances by the City Press

[Johannesburg, South Africa, June 25, 2023]: Brand South Africa notes with concern, the malicious and  misleading article, published in the City Press newspaper on Sunday June 25, entitled; “Whistleblower begged parliament to probe Brand SA.” The article seeks to mislead readers through selective references and quotes from various  events, which are quoted completely out of […]

South African vineyards, restaurants and hotels receive global accolades

By Mduduzi Malinga   It is habitual that South Africa’s inclusion on the list of best vineyards, restaurants and bars destinations in the world is well accepted, when looking at the abundance of vineyards, restaurants, and hotels all over our country.     The history of South African wine begins in 1655, when the first […]

Kasi businesses are playing their part in building the township economy

By Mduduzi Malinga   Kasi businesses remain the backbone of the South African economy, creating job opportunities in the communities.   According to Statistics South Africa, there are more than 500 townships with over 21 million residents. Soweto, in Johannesburg, is the largest with about 2 million residents, followed by Tembisa in Kempton Park, with […]

Joint media statement by South African Government and Organised Business establish partnership initiative

Issued by The Presidency The South African Government and organised business have agreed to urgently work together in partnership to remove obstacles to inclusive economic growth and job creation Three immediate priority interventions agreed: energy; transport and logistics; and crime and corruption CEOs of South Africa’s largest companies committing to contributing considerable skills and resources and work through relevant […]

Locally Manufactured Jewellery with an African Flair

Words: Kagiso Bonoko Video: Brian Mthembu Born and bred in Soweto, Nqobile Nkosi faced a similar challenge  the majority of black youth have, after finishing matric, the inability for  family to finance their children’s tertiary.  His family struggled to finance the electrical engineering course he so wanted to pursue after completing his matric. Faced with […]

South Africa Leads the Way in Resolving Global Challenges

By Pranjal Sharma   This year has seen South Africa lead the world on global dialogues which concern the continent and the emerging markets. Starting from the annual meeting of World Economic Forum in Davos, to the African Union meeting in Addis Ababa and then the G20 Ministerial meetings in India. In all the international […]

South Africa’s mining industry story of integration and success

By Kagiso Bonoko Globally renowned for its sheer abundance of minerals worthy of mining, South Africa (SA) has gone on to become an industrial hotspot for the world’s mining industry, with a large portion of the country’s economy centres around the mining sector.   The development of many Southern African countries is inextricably linked to […]

Inspiring news, Bheki Mlangeni Hospital performs its first heart surgery

By Mduduzi Malinga Bheki Mlangeni is well known as one of the strategists in the youth liberation movement and is known to be one of the human rights lawyers born and bred in Jabulani, Soweto. In the month of April 2015, in honour of the former struggle hero Bheki Mlangeni, former Premier David Makhura announced […]

Positioning South Africa’s Role in the G7 Summit

Originating from an ad hoc sitting of finance ministers over four decades ago, the Group of Seven (G7) comprised of the world’s most industrialised and developed economies, including France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the United State of America, the United Kingdom and Canada, has prominently translated into a formal, high profile venue for discussing and coordinating […]

Clothing, Textile, Leather and Footwear

The South African clothing and textiles industry is a highly diverse and mature industry, with an important role to play as an employer in the country. The domestic Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather (CTFL) manufacturing industry has a relatively high level of diversification and is supported by well-established wholesale and retail trade segments. With approximately […]

Forestry

South Africa has a well-established Forestry sector with a fully integrated value chain including pulp, paper and furniture manufacturing. Forestry and forest products contributed about $5.2 million and $1.5 billion respectively to South Africa’s economy in 2017. Across five provinces, South Africa has about 1.2m hectares of afforested land, accounting for 1% of South Africa’s […]

Mining & Mineral

Mining and mineral beneficiation plays a pivotal part in South Africa’s economy. The country’s mineral reserves are among the most valuable in the world. South Africa has the world’s largest reserves of platinum group metals (PGMs) and manganese, and some of the largest gold, diamonds, chromite ore and vanadium deposits. South Africa’s mining industry is […]

Agribusiness

Agribusiness has long been a focus area for growth and development by the South African Government. The country enjoys a well-developed and globally competitive sector which has led to the creation of a sophisticated and elaborate value chain ranging from agricultural inputs, equipment, packaging, and specialised logistics. This sector provides the opportunity for both local […]

How The Global South Africans Network is Creating Meaningful Conversations!

Brand South Africa recently launched the Global South Africans Network, a programme to harness the collective power of South Africans from around the world by becoming brand ambassadors for our beautiful country. Johannesburg, South Africa (30 March 2023) – Brand South Africa recently partnered with the “South African High Commission” in Ghana and “Constitution Hill” […]

Promoting effective public private partnerships in building the SA Nation Brand

The importance of a Nation Brand custodian such as Brand South Africa is now more critical than ever before. The entity continues to play a strategic role in managing the reputation of our country and inspiring its citizens to nurture National pride. Furthermore, Brand South Africa alone, cannot achieve the desired reputable South African Nation […]

Veteran broadcaster Shado Twala’s Sauce takes the stage for the first time at the Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo

Covid19 lockdown, which saw the two editions of this event hosted largely in a hybrid format.   The summit has grown exponentially over the years into a two-day showcase including multiple elements, gathering of various stakeholders of the Buy Local movement, including manufacturers and producers, corporate buyers, enterprise development agencies and programmes, government representatives, as […]

Brand South Africa’s March programme grasps domestic, continental and international audiences

The month of March was a busy one for the Nation Brand as it was jam-packed with activities and initiatives for Brand South Africa. As the official marketing agency of the country, it was a hive of activities executed domestically, on the continent and internationally during the month.   In response to the gloom and […]

PROUDLY SA DRIVING LOCAL COMPETITIVENESS AND PRIDE

By Thoko Modise     In arguably its most successful summit since inception, the 11th annual Proudly South African Buy Local Summit & Expo, themed ‘Growing the Economy and Creating Jobs through Localisation,’ closed off on a high note with a keynote address by the newly appointed Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Honourable […]

THE 11TH ANNUAL PROUDLY SA BUY LOCAL SUMMIT & EXPO CLOSES WITH A BANG

[PRESS RELEASE] Officially opened by Minister Ebrahim Patel of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) on Monday, March 27 the 11th annual Proudly South African two-day Buy Local Summit & Expo closed off on a high note.     On the first day, Minister Patel and Gauteng Premier Lesufi walked the exhibition […]

AFRICAN MADE: POSITIONING SOUTH AFRICA’S ROLE IN AFRICA’S ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

By Sithembile Ntombela     South Africa is one of the countries that has shown interest and intent in the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement. The Agreement is positioned as Africa’s greatest economic tool towards achieving the self-sustainability championed in the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and also as it pertains to South […]

Brand South Africa Ignites Entrepreneurial Spirit: Making it Happen

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM’s) National Entrepreneurship Context Index does not seem to favour South Africa’s climate for aspiring business owners. The index, which measures the twelve entrepreneurial environment conditions (EFCs) that make up the context in which a country’s entrepreneurial activity takes place, positioned South Africa 45th out of 50 eligible countries in 2021 […]

Brand South Africa and Africa80 Foundation to host a webinar: GBV – Worth the Fight

The Activism of 21 March 1960 in Sharpeville that catalysed the celebration of Human Rights Day today inspires us to not be apathetic to the scourge of Gender-Based Violence that remains a sharp human rights issue across Africa and the diaspora.       The fight for gender equality has seen some progress in recent […]

Brand South Africa launches State of the Nation Brand Report

By Ebrahim Deen; Researcher at Brand South Africa   On the 30 March 2023, Brand South Africa hosted an event, at its offices in Houghton, Johannesburg, to launch the initial draft of the State of the Nation Brand Report. The report is the culmination of the institute’s domestic and international research, which aims to position […]

Play Your Part Ambassadors Keep Girls in School with PrincessD Menstrual Cups

Famram Solutions founder and CEO Shamila Ramjawan and co-owner Daksha Ramjawan, recently handed over PrincessD Menstrual Cups to grades 5, 6, and 7 learners at MK Rampine Primary School in Blydeville, Lichtenburg, North West Province, South Africa. An educator from the school, Ms. Michelle Karsten, had made the sponsorship request to Ramjawan, which was honoured […]

Embracing equity – One size does not fit all

By Katie Mohamed; CEO and Founder of W-Suite   Women Empowerment platforms like W-Suite drive key dialogues around gender inequality and how equal opportunities engender empowerment. However, this is not entirely accurate.     Equal opportunities are not enough. We all start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. A focus on […]

South African High Commissioner Pledges More Investments with Ghana

The South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Grace Jeanet Mason has announced plans of more investments between her country and Ghana aimed at boosting trade volumes and intra-africa trade. Trade between Ghana and South Africa is already in excess of US$5 to 6billion annually, and available data reveal that as of November 2022, the top […]

South Africa – A resilient nation of note

South Africa is not only renowned as one of the world’s best constitutional democratic destinations, the globally acclaimed Nelson Mandela is well recognized as one of its founding democratic first president. The country has demonstrated resilience that has seen it scale over its ugly past, to claim pride of place amongst the free nations of […]

Gender-Based Violence is a Human Rights Violation

By Mduduzi Malinga As we commemorate Human Rights Month in South Africa, our people are still facing challenges of gender-based violence as a major human rights concern. To date South Africans suffer from different human rights violations, such as  the right to life, freedom from torture and degrading treatment, freedom from discrimination and the right […]

South Africa chairs most powerful global grouping

As South Africa chairs the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa grouping, and prepares to host the next annual summit scheduled for August this year, The bloc recently eclipsed the G7 group of developed countries in share of real global GDP[i].     Valued in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP), the BRICS group now accounts for around 31.5% […]

No Armaggedon in South Africa

“If it bleeds, it leads and if does not bleed it can’t lead,” is a mantra long practiced by merchants of doomsday who buy ink by the barrel.  For the uninitiated laymen this paraphrase refers to a toxic culture in the newsroom that for a story to lead in the pages of newspapers there ought […]

Play Your Part Ambassador urges citizens to be generous with their words through Cyber Wellness campaign

In today’s world, technology plays a crucial role in our daily lives, and with that comes the need for cyber wellness. Cyber wellness refers to the responsible use of technology and the internet to protect ourselves from potential online threats. This is especially important in today’s society, where online harassment, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking are prevalent. […]

Beauty Queen advocates for education as the best solution to heal the country’s societal divide

Without any stretch of the imagination, education remains the best tool for addressing South Africa’s great inequality divide. By investing in early childhood development, improving the quality of basic education, promoting access to higher education, and promoting inclusive education policies and practices, it is possible to reduce poverty, promote social mobility, and advance economic growth. […]

An open basket of infinite possibilities from the preservation of women’s dignity

Two things stab at my attention from the title above: first and foremost, the preservation of women’s dignity. In our beautiful country, and no doubt, our beautiful and bold Africa, young girls miss school because of the biology of their bodies. An occurrence none of them have control over. We have heard countless stories of […]

It’s Greylisting; not Blacklisting: South Africa deals head-on with Greylisting

Sithembile Ntombela     It is one positive development for South Africa to celebrate – and there are several others – but the recent announcement that Stellantis, the umbrella automotive group housing motor car brands such as Citroën, Jeep, Opel, Peugeot, and Abarth, is planning to develop a car manufacturing facility in one of South […]

The Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival is back! 24-26 MARCH 2023

This 5th edition of the Constitution Hill Human Rights festival takes place at a time when our country is in crisis and our Constitutional vision of social justice and human rights is being stretched to breaking point. For this reason, the theme of the festival is Seize the Power! Seize your power!     Each […]

Toast to Mzanzi’s Top 7 places to visit

South Africa is a world renowned wine-producing country, with a long history of winemaking that dates back over three centuries. From the lush vineyards of Stellenbosch, to the rugged mountains of the Swartland, South Africa boasts some of the world’s most beautiful wine regions, each with its unique terroir and winemaking style.   In 2020, […]

[MEDIA RELEASE] Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part partners with the 947 School Invasion Initiative

Johannesburg [04/03/2023]- Anele and the Club are invading five schools around Johannesburg to ignite the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’ and bring it to life by inspiring young South Africans to contribute to positive change with the 947 School Invasion. They will be invading five schools over five days around Johannesburg, starting from next week Monday 6 […]

“Charity is a matter of the heart, not of the pocket”

Nothing captures the essence of why we ought to give more than this timeless Swahili proverb, clearly appealing for a cause that goes further than any other in building societies. For Musa Mathebula, Founder and Chairperson of Musa Mathebula Projects, no other commitment has meant more than leading a specialist non- profit organisation that has […]

Brand South Africa Empowers SMMEs through Play Your Part Ignite

Johannesburg – Small businesses are essential to the well-being of the South African economy, employing between 50 and 60 percent of the country (Kalidas et al, 2020). In an economy where small to medium-sized enterprises are a key economic driving force,  potential business ideas need to be nurtured into functioning and sustainable long-term businesses. As […]

Strengthening the fight against cyberbullying

By Mduduzi Malinga Brand South Africa collaborated with the Film and Publication Board (FPB) to raise awareness on emerging online social ills such as cyberbullying and the dissemination of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). Safer Internet Day 2023 took place this month at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, Gqeberha, with commemorations and learnings based on […]

Mandela Day 2018 launch – a centenary celebration

Mandela Day 2018 launch – a centenary celebration Yesterday 23rd April 2018, The Nelson Mandela Foundation launched Mandela Day at the Constitution Hill in honour of the legacy of Madiba and placing emphasis on the culture of volunteerism. The Foundation invited all to play a part in building a society inspired by the values of […]

South Africa, let’s rally behind our national teams ahead of this year’s World Cup Tournaments

By Mduduzi Malinga   Sport plays a significant role in South African culture as it unites and promotes patriotism, nation-building and social cohesion. Last year, the country celebrated WAFCON winners Banyana Banyana, and this year there presents an opportunity for the country to fly the flag, especially if the nation rallies behind our national teams. […]

Music royalty ululates as the world screams Bayethe after yet another South African Feat

“I just want to say that we are from Africa, South Africa”, commented Zakes Bantwini after another successful night at the Grammys for South Africa. This was after he, along with Nomcebo Zikode of “Jerusalema” fame and Wouter Kellerman were rewarded with a Grammy award for their deserving “Bayethe”, recognised as the Best Global Performance […]

Honouring a friend’s coolness by being kind

Ubuntu always wins. In a rather extraordinary fashion, from ordinary patrons of our founding principle, we find a story about love and friendship. This is the story about Lisa Todd,  a South African  interior designer, and Nolu, a master beader who inspired her to blend her style with the rich Zulu culture and produce magnificent […]

I am because we are: A celebration of Ubuntu

One need not stray far to see how deeply entrenched in our value core Ubuntu is. The national anthem, a prayer by all accounts, is a plea and a humble request for God to bless Africa.  Nothing is as reflective of Ubuntu as this collective prayer for the good of an entire continent. We are, […]

WIN two tickets to Joburg Film Festival Awards Evening

WIN two tickets to the Joburg Film Festival Awards Evening at Nelson Mandela Square on 4 February 2023. ENTER NOW! Complete the form to enter. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Joburg Film Festival Awards Evening Competition Terms and Conditions   Prize – x2 tickets (one set of double tickets) to the Joburg Film Festival Awards Evening, in partnership with Brand South Africa, the Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group. This promotion is open to all South African residents aged 18 years and older, not […]

Focus on Stability, Security and Supply at Investing in African Mining Indaba 2023

By Shamiso Hlatshwayo   As the 29th installment of the Investing in African Mining Indaba draws near, key government and business leaders from across the globe are again preparing to gather on our shores for the world’s largest mining investment event. As the post-pandemic event calendar kicks off in full swing, South Africa’s mega event […]

Statement by Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana on the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

South Africa delivered a bold and assured message at the recently concluded Annual World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos: that the country is open to investment and ready to partner with the local and global community to lift the country’s economy on to a higher, jobs-rich and more sustainable growth path. The theme for the […]

WIN two tickets to Joburg Film Festival Opening Night

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Prizes – x2 tickets (x2 singles) to the Joburg Film Festival Opening Night, in partnership with Brand South Africa, the Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group. This promotion is open to all South African residents aged 18 years and older, not related to any Brand South Africa, Joburg Film Festival or the MultiChoice Group […]

Brand South Africa and the Joburg Film Festival Celebrates African Excellence

Johannesburg, South Africa – The Joburg Film Festival taking place in the heart of Egoli, today announced the opening film, Moussa Sene Absa directed masterpiece Xale, as ticket sales also opened.     Set to kick off on Tuesday 31st January 2023, showcasing some of the finest films from over 35 countries across the globe, […]

South Africa supports calls for global co-operation to boost trade and address economic challenges and climate change

Johannesburg, South Africa – 23 January 2023: The 53rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, concluded on Friday, 20 January 2023. World leaders and corporate executives expressed hope that the looming recession facing the global economy could be avoided if countries collaborated to boost global trade and investment.   A […]

The Global South can lead Davos discussions

It is increasingly apparent that the responsibility for global growth will fall on the economic engines of emerging markets.   The year 2023 is interesting and unique from a multilateral perspective. South Africa has the presidency of BRICS this year, while India will lead the G20 deliberations. BRICS countries are also among the G20 members. […]

President Ramaphosa to lead a business delegation that will represent South Africa at the Annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos

  Johannesburg, South Africa – 12 January 2023: President Cyril Ramaphosa accompanied by four ministers, will lead a strong delegation of South African business leaders and government officials will travel to Switzerland to represent South Africa at the 52nd edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, which will take place from 16 to […]

“Days may seem dark, but we have much to be grateful for”

Happy New Year 2023     What a roller-coaster year it has been, the war in Ukraine spiking fuel, cooking oil and wheat prices, 200+ days of load shedding deleteriously affecting water reservoir pumps, hospitals, businesses and living standards, increased inflation, interest rates hiked, costly bond repayments, escalating food prices, rampant corruption, crime, job losses, […]

Patriotism inspired by Participation

With 2022 finally winding down, we are called to rally together behind a familiar banner, one requiring tolerance and acceptance. The banner of reconciliation. It was through reconciliation that our beautiful country, with all its shades of culture and rich heritage, came to be recognised and celebrated the world over.     Visionaries like the […]

The Spirit of Collaboration Continues to Keep Play Your Part Alive

It has been over a decade in since the establishment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative and it is stronger than ever. Since inception, Play Your Part has been onboarding new faces that adequately represent the country’s extraordinary citizens, and who are using their resources to co-create a better South Africa for everyone. […]

16 days of unity against Gender Based Violence

Violence, in any denomination, leaves a scar on the face of humanity. We are bound by a mutual understanding that promotes peace and the preservation of human life. All human life. Black, White, Coloured, Indian, gay or straight, young and old, male or female. The categories of classification stretch as far as the human condition […]

Deciphering South Africa’s current realities on economic activity

By Ebrahim Deen & Lehlohonolo Modise   Statistics SA reported a 1.6% gain in the South African economy over the 3rd quarter 2022[i], with agriculture, fisheries and forestry performing much better than expected, growing by 19.2%. Finance and real-estate also increased by 1.9%, providing a 0.5% boost to the GDP growth, indicating the continued importance […]

South African rhythm continues to move the world with a Grammy nod

By Mduduzi Malinga   Zakes Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode have been nominated for their first Grammy’s for Best Global Music Performance. The two were nominated alongside South African producer and composer, Wouter Kellerman for his recent single ‘Bayethe’.   The Grammy Award (stylised as GRAMMY; originally called Gramophone Award), or just Grammy, is an award […]

Toast by President Ramaphosa at the State Banquet

Your Majesty, Thank you for your kind remarks and the warm welcome that you and the Queen Consort have extended to me and to the members of the South African delegation. On behalf of the people of South Africa, I extend warm greetings to Your Majesty and through you to the people of the United […]

President embarks on a state visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and North Great Britain and Northern Ireland

President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa is, at the invitation of His Majesty, King Charles III, conducting a State Visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) from 22 to 23 November 2022.   Royal State Visits are in the furtherance of bilateral relations and as a symbol of respect and of the […]

SA’s Constitution 1st in the world to prohibit unfair discrimination based on sexual orientation

South Africa’s Constitution is the first in the world to out-rightly prohibit unfair discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation       South Africa is progressive on the rights and issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer/questioning, intersex and other (LGBTQI+). However, LGBTQI+ citizens do face many challenges with regards to their right to […]

South Africa’s tertiary academic institutions continue to be ranked among the best in the world

South Africa has a strong reputation for tertiary academic excellence, which translates into high international interest for students looking to study in the country as well as a high standard of  South African qualifications abroad. The country’s institutions boast qualities such as good governance, research productivity, academic capacity and innovation which make it a high-ranking […]

Miss Earth South Africa 2022 lets us in to her heart and her head

“I am driven by a passion to ensure that our planet is able to remain our home for generations to come and our abundance of wildlife” says Miss Earth South Africa 2022, Ziphozethu Sithebe     In the very dynamic world of purposeful pageantry, Miss Earth South Africa sets itself a part by elevating active […]

Africa’s Webinar on Maritime

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) in collaboration with Brand South Africa and Mail & Guardian, cordially invites you to Africa’s Webinar on Maritime. Please receive the below invitation for full details. Registration Link: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/778/wyw94sogn #GCISAFRICAWEBINARS

Mental Health Awareness: A Nation in Healing

October has been declared Mental Health Awareness month in South Africa, a country like many others in the world that adds a fair share of reported cases. It has been reported that a staggering 400 million people suffer from mental or neurological disorders or psychological problems globally. Recent stats have shown a 3% decline in […]

It takes a village to drive sustainable economic growth

Africa, to many across the globe, has always been seen as one village. When travelling, especially in the west, one can never cover enough ground before being asked about a Thabo, or Imani, or Ibu. It is, supposedly, convenient to imagine that people who could be based in areas a thousand or more kilometers away […]

Celebrating 10 Years of Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival with Epic Event Programme

Johannesburg’s most anticipated creative festival, the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival fired up by Nando’s, will offer a jam-packed line-up of creative immersions and experiences for its 10th anniversary.   A signature event of Constitution Hill Museum and National Heritage site, the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival was founded in 2012 to immortalise the memory of the […]

Head, Heart and Hands in the game, Miss Earth South Africa 2022 announced

The Miss Earth South Africa has always advocated for the development of young women in South Africa as Environmental Ambassadors. With an unprecedented two years behind us, we face more environmental challenges today than we ever have. And the issue of the climate emergency needs to be tackled head on. Who better to champion this […]

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR MEMBERS TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF BRAND SOUTH AFRICA

The Presidency hereby invites nominations for candidates to serve as trustees of the Brand South Africa Trust.   Brand South Africa is a Schedule 3A public entity and a Trust established in terms of the Trust Property Control Act, No. 57 of 1988 to develop and implement proactive and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management […]

South Africa showcases its boat-building excellence to 73 000 international investors in France

The Grand Pavois International Boat Show took place in La Rochelle, France, from 27 September to 2 October 2022. South Africa participated as the incoming Guest Country of Honour for the year 2023. The annual boat show attracts boatbuilders and other stakeholders from all over the world, including South African boatbuilders and manufacturers.     […]

Brand South Africa plays its part in building the township economy

According to IOL, almost half of South Africa’s urban population lives in townships, representing hundreds of billions of rands in spending power in the vibrant and growing kasi economy. Despite this, little data is available to help marketers and brands effectively target this audience. Research demonstrates the emergence of a holistic, self-sustaining ecosystem in the […]

Brand South Africa at the Loeries to promote the country’s centre of creative excellence

By Mduduzi Malinga   The 44th annual edition of the Loeries Awards took place last week, in Cape Town, where all of South Africa’s creative and advertising industry gathered.   The Loeries are Africa and the Middle East’s premier initiative that recognises, rewards, inspires and fosters creative excellence in the brand communication industry. They also […]

SMMEs and young entrepreneurs key to rebuilding South Africa’s economy

Johannesburg, South Africa – 07 October 2022: As part of efforts to continue rebuilding South Africa’s economy, improving its competitiveness, and creating employment through inclusive partnerships across the African Continent, Brand South Africa (Brand SA) successfully hosted the 6th Annual Nation Brand Forum.   “This event brought to light critical issues for us,” said Brand […]

South Africa: An Ideal Investment Destination

Much has been said about South Africa’s rich cultural diversity and heritage. Much more could be said about her world-class infrastructure and undeniable position as a foothold into the rest of Africa. One can’t help but wonder how much of that the revered Rainbow Nation has lived up to all these illustrious titles.   The […]

HERITAGE WEBINAR: CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF SOLOMON LINDA AND SOUTH AFRICA’S INDIGENOUS MUSIC

Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) in partnership with Brand SA,  Asham TV and Mail and Guardian  invites members of the media to Africa’s Webinar on celebrating Africa’s Heritage taking place on 29 September at 14h00.     The month of September is commemorated as Heritage month celebrating the cultural expressions and practices that form […]

Brand SA to host the 6th Annual Nation Brand Forum, aimed at encouraging collaborative partnerships with the private sector to grow the economy

Brand SA to host the 6th Annual Nation Brand Forum, aimed at encouraging collaborative partnerships with the private sector to grow the economy   Johannesburg, South Africa – 22 September 2022: Brand South Africa (Brand SA), announced today that it will host the 6th Annual Nation Brand Forum in October 2022.   This year’s Forum […]

A Taste of Mzanzi’s Soul

We are well into Heritage Month, dubbed “Indigenous Heritage Month” for 2022, during which all South Africans rally to learn, appreciate and celebrate our country’s rich and diverse heritage.     From Braai to Bobotie, Mogudu to Malva Pudding, when the kitchen is concerned, our favourite dishes are a true reflection of the diversity that […]

Media Statement: 16 September 2022

                  [Johannesburg; September 16, 2022]: Brand South Africa has noted the continuous media coverage relating to a merger between Brand South Africa and South African Tourism. Brand South Africa would like to reiterate that, as far as we are aware, we are still a Schedule 3A public […]

Honouring our sports heroines in true ‘Mzansi’ style

South African women in sports were in the spotlight this week, at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg, for the gsport awards, as they were celebrated and acknowledged at a glitzy event in Johannesburg.  Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Momentum gsport Awards, hosted the 17th edition of the Awards. More than 200 prestigious winners […]

Brand South Africa collaborates with the Sebenza Women Awards to celebrate women’s achievements

By Mduduzi Malinga This heritage month, Brand South Africa collaborated with the Sebenza Women Awards to reward and celebrate women’s achievements. The annual awards took place in Kwa-Zulu Natal last week.   The annual Sebenza Women Awards is an event focused on rewarding women’s excellence and showcasing their brilliance, strength and achievements in different fields […]

Women Arise With Power Annual Seminar Celebrate its 5th Birthday

JOHANNESBURG – On Wednesday, 7 September 2022, the Women Arise with Power Seminar will celebrate its 5th anniversary at 10h00 – 14h00 at the Soweto Theatre. The Seminar was established with the aim to create socio-economic change through the empowerment of women from all walks of life. This year’s celebration will take place under the […]

Brand South Africa encourages young entrepreneurs to ignite their entrepreneurial spirit through the Play Your Part Ignite Programme

With small businesses being the backbone of the economy, South African youth need to play their part as the future leaders of industry in the country. The Play Your Part Ignite programme aims to help nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of South African youth. This August, the Ignite programme travelled to Limpopo to host an array […]

Media Statement

Brand South Africa is not in a position to comment on pronouncements by the Minister of Tourism. In terms of governance, Brand South Africa is a Schedule 3A public entity, registered as a trust in terms of the Trust Property Control Act No. 57 of 1988. The organisation’s Executive Authority is the Minister in the […]

Lara van Niekerk, Akhona Makalima and Cato Louw Lead #gsport17 Finalists

Brand South Africa will collaborate with gsport, to host the 17th edition of the Momentum gsport Awards on the 14th of September 2022. The Momentum gsport Awards are the leading national women’s sport recognition platform. More than 200 winners have been honoured since inception.   South Africa’s Lara van Niekerk, Akhona Makalima and Cato Louw […]

Founder of Project 31- Pearl Ntshehi awarded the prestigious Play Your Part Ambassador Award

Pearl Ntshehi, a Miss South Africa 2022 top 10 finalist, has been awarded the Miss South Africa Play Your Part Ambassador Award for 2022. This was presented at an event hosted by Brand South Africa at the Sanctuary Mandela Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg, on 15 August 2022.   The inspirational beauty queen was honoured on […]

DEPUTY MINISTER THEMBI SIWEYA TO LEAD AFRICA’S WEBINAR ON WOMEN’S SOCIO-ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND ADVANCEMENT

Deputy Minister in The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, Ms. Thembi Siweya, will lead the webinar on women’s socio-economic empowerment and advancement on Monday, 29 August 2022, at 10:00 CAT. The event is organised by Government Communication and Information System in partnership with Brand South Africa, BintiAfrika Konnect, and Mail & Guardian.     The […]

‘Our higher learning institutions, academics, scientists and technologists are sought after worldwide’

South Africa continues to get global acknowledgement and admiration for having some of the finest minds that are sought after at the highest levels.   Proof to the pudding are the three recent appointments of the country’s respected academics which include – Professors Thuli Madonsela, Tshilidzi Marwala and Zeblon Vilakazi– by top international institutions and […]

Brand South Africa partners with Primestars to fight gender-based violence

An Initiative called ‘What About the Boys’ was launched in June this year by Primestars as a way to curb Gender-Based Violence (GBV) through engaging high school boys to groom them into better men.   Primestars is a 13-year education organisation that utilises Ster Kinekor cinemas as Theatres of Learning.   As part of the cinema […]

Miss South Africa 2022, Ndavi Nokeri and Top Ten Finalist, Pearl Ntshehi join Brand South Africa as Play Your Part Ambassadors

15 August 2022 – Johannesburg, Brand South Africa welcomes Miss South Africa 2022, Ndavi Nokeri and Top Ten Finalist, Pearl Ntshehi as Play Your Part Ambassadors following the finale on Saturday, 13 August 2022.   The Miss South Africa organisation is one of Brand South Africa’s vision partners. Both organisations’ objectives have long been in […]

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Honouring women’s excellence in sports

By Mduduzi Malinga   Last week, as the country celebrated WAFCON winners Banyana Banyana, Brand South Africa in collaboration with gsport hosted a Business Breakfast at the Imperial Wanderer’s Stadium, Sandton to launch their annual awards. The Momentum gsport Awards are the leading national women’s sport recognition platform. More than 200 winners have been honoured […]

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA AT THE SOUTH AFRICA-BOTSWANA BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE

Your Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana,   Your Excellencies High Commissioners of both South Africa and Botswana,   Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers,   Business Leaders,   Distinguished Guests,   Colleagues and Friends,     Your Excellency, Mr President,     I am pleased that the undertaking we gave each other […]

Meet WAFCON Coach of the year: Desiree Ellis

A rose amongst the thorns.   This year’s women’s month kicked off on a high for South Africa, as a leading example of how to launch an inspired renaissance of appreciation and recognition for women’s sports.   Leading the renaissance through a display of sheer determination and drive, is Banyana Banyana Head Coach, Desiree Ellis, […]

Nelson Mandela Foundation encourages the world to find sustainable solutions for a better future

A dedication to active citizenship is at the heart of South Africa’s character. The endeavours of responsible, revolutionary, and resourceful active citizens who take charge in times of need, remain instrumental in the prosperity of the country. The late Nelson Mandela embodied this outlook in many ways. The world draws inspiration from Mandela’s legacy and […]

South Africa remains resilient and will continue to rise!

By Thandi Tobias   ‘The greatest glory of living, lies not in never falling but rising up every time you fall’ – Former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela   This month, we celebrate Tata Nelson Mandela through acts of service and giving to the less fortunate, a gesture which will live amongst South Africans and the […]

NELSON MANDELA CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival began as a means to continue the Father of our Nation, uTata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s passion for supporting and nurturing the youth as leaders of tomorrow. This year the Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival, in collaboration with Brand South Africa and it’s Pay Your Part initiative celebrates it’s 5th […]

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA CONGRATULATES PROF MARWALA ON HIS UNITED NATIONS APPOINTMENT

President Cyril Ramaphosa proudly congratulates Professor Tshilidzi Marwala on his new appointment as the Rector of the United Nations University.     In an announcement made by the United Nations yesterday, Prof Marwala’s appointment is with effect from March 2023 in Tokyo.     Prof Marwala is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg […]

Media Release: Banyana Banyana win & exceptional performance gives the nation yet another boost towards increased social cohesion

[Johannesburg, South Africa, July 25, 2022]. When COVID 19 hit, the world came to a standstill, and so did sporting activities. The joy of watching national teams of any sport across the world came to an abrupt halt. For South Africa, this was at the height of just having won a rugby world cup. The […]

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA’S REMARKS DURING A MEDIA BRIEFING ON THE OCCASION OF A STATE VISIT BY CÔTE D’IVOIRE PRESIDENT ALASSANE OUATTARA, UNION BUILDINGS

Your Excellency, President Alassane Ouattara,   Ambassadors,   Ministers,   Members of the Media,   Ladies and Gentlemen,     President Ouattara and I, together with our respective delegations, have just concluded very warm and productive discussions.     It is a matter of great significance that President Ouattara has undertaken this visit to South […]

SOUTH AFRICA- CÔTE D’IVOIRE TRADE AND INVESTMENT BUSINESS FORUM

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) will host the South Africa- Côte d’Ivoire Trade and Investment Business Forum. The objective of the forum is to provide South African and Ivorian companies with a strategic platform to engage on bilateral trade and investment opportunities in both markets, while simultaneously affording them access to […]

Nelson Mandela International Day 2022: Celebrating the Enduring Legacy of Madiba

The impact of Nelson Mandela’s legacy on the world remains one of the most positive associations with South Africa that people think of when discussing prominent figures who had a global impact.  Mandela’s dedication and contribution to the values of peace, equality and freedom continues to intensify and endure, inspiring countless lives in many ways. […]

Elevating the creative industry through the Screen Excellence Awards

Among the industries that were hit the hardest when the Global Pandemic hit the world, more specifically South Africa in 2020, was the creative industry. Aspiring, seasoned film and TV makers, even budding students, were left with no choice but to reconsider, reimagine or retire from their beloved craft, the craft that has not only […]

SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST THE INAUGURAL BLACK INDUSTRIALISTS AND EXPORTERS CONFERENCE IN SANDTON ON 20 JULY 2022

South Africa will host the inaugural Black Industrialists and Exporters Conference (BIEC) on 20 July 2022 at the Sandton International Convention Centre.     The Conference aims to reflect on the performance of government’s Black Industrialists programme since its inception. The gathering will further highlight and showcase the importance of the Africa Free Continental Trade […]

Entrepreneurs seize Play Your Part

Brand South Africa’s 2022/23 business development programme, Play Your Part Ignite, is off to a rollicking start.   The campaign launched last week Thursday, 30 June 2022 in Johannesburg with plans to expand the activations to other provinces over the second half of the year.   Joined by a keen audience of budding entrepreneurs, participants […]

Brand South Africa collaborates with PrimeStars and other Civil Society stakeholders to launch the “What About the Boys”, a GBV Initiative

By Mduduzi Malinga   Gender-based violence (GBV) is a stark widespread challenge problem in South Africa, affecting mainly women and girls in everyday life society.   Brand South Africa in collaboration with PrimeStars and other Civil Society stakeholders, have since partnered on an initiative named ‘What About the Boys’ targeting boys of a school going […]

President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in Botswana for the 7th SACE Summit of Heads of State and Government

President Ramaphosa arrives in Botswana for the 7th SACE Summit of Heads of State and Government   President Cyril Ramaphosa has, today, Thursday, 30 June 2022, arrived in the Republic of Botswana on a Working Visit to attend the 7th Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit of Heads of State and Government.   The Summit […]

Celebrate South Africa on Casual Day 2022

Brand South Africa regularly collaborates with civil society organisations to raise awareness for the challenges faced by minorities, especially their contributions to social cohesion and nation building. In line with its Play Your Part programme, the organisation has partnered with the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities in South Africa (NCDP). The partnership […]

Brand South Africa collaborates with Hope Givers Foundation to host the 5th Annual Raising Legends Awards 2022

By Mduduzi Malinga   On 25 June, Brand South Africa in collaboration with Hope Givers Foundation, hosted the 5th Raising Legends Awards ceremony at the Royal Khalanga Lodge, Nwamitwa outside Tzaneen. The awards are aimed at empowering young men; recognize legends to improve the negative societal habits and attitudes among men.   Local heroes, leaders […]

The Future of Sustainability: Speed, Action, Attack – What Does Sustainability Need?

The world as we know it has changed. The global economy is in transition, and we are seeing the rise of sustainable products, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investments, remote work is now the ‘new normal’ and soon corporates will be expected to disclose their climate risks to the public or face the consequences. There’s […]

Make it Happen South Africa: Igniting Entrepreneurial Spirit Together

Brand South Africa’s active citizenship initiative, Play Your Part, which is currently celebrating its 10th year, is now gearing up to give students the resources they need to become budding entrepreneurs.   Play Your Part Ignite will be hosting its inaugural masterclass at The Capital Melrose in Johannesburg on Thursday, 30 June 2022 at 9:00 […]

President Cyril Ramaphosa concludes visit to Germany to attend G7 Leaders’ Summit

President Ramaphosa discusses climate, energy and health at G7 Leaders’ Summit President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded a successful visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, where he attended the G7 Leaders’ Summit, at the invitation of the German Chancellor H.E Mr Olaf Scholz. Together with leaders of G7 countries,  invited Heads of State and Government […]

Automotive and Components

In February 2021, Ford Motor Company announced an investment of over $1 billion in its South African manufacturing operations – marking the biggest investment in Ford’s 98-year history in South Africa. “We want to prove that the quality of what we produce in South Africa can hold its own with the rest of the world” – Ockert Berry, VP of Operations, Ford.

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Digital Economy & ICT

Netflix, the international streaming service, announced an investment of almost $60 million at the 2022 South Africa Investment Conference, into “working with South African creators and distributors to bring high-quality stories” to a global audience. Netflix has invested more than $125 million in the industry over the past 5 years.

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Healthcare & Life Science

In 2020, Aspen, the largest and internationally accredited pharmaceutical company in Africa entered into a partnership with Johnson & Johnson to produce more than 200m doses of life saving Covid-19 vaccines for the domestic and export markets in the port city of Gqeberha, formerly Port Elizabeth, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. 

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Celebrating 10 years of the Play Your Part Initiative through the Play Your Part Ambassador Hybrid Masterclass

Johannesburg, Monday 27 June 2022 – Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme, in its 10th year this year, is hosting a Play Your Part Hybrid Masterclass at 09:00 on Tuesday, 28 June 2022 in a hybrid format at The Capital Empire, Sandton and Online (Zoom Platform). The Play Your Part initiative was created to […]

A deeper look into the Bloom Consulting’s Global Reputation Study for South Africa

By Shamiso Hlatshwayo Brand South Africa’s mandate requires the organisation to clearly understand the reputation, competitiveness, and perceptions of South Africa in key international markets. As part of its approach towards achieving this mandate, Brand South Africa has since drawn insights from its Global Reputation Study Research, through ongoing monitoring of Nation Brand Performance against […]

The Power of the Youth. The Power of the World

The International Youth Foundation Country Director, Anusha Naicker, Commemorates Youth Day   Youth Month is a time to recognise, acknowledge and celebrate young people who made their mark and took a stand for their rights.  It is this generation of young people that taught me that courage is required to follow through even in the […]

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TO PARTICIPATE IN THE G7 SUMMIT IN GERMANY

President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to travel to Schloss Elmau in the Federal Republic of Germany to participate in the G7 Leaders’ Summit at the invitation of the host, Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Alongside the G7 member states, invited non-member states that will participate in the Summit are the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of […]

New study shows that South Africa’s brand is competitive and appealing to investors and tourists

On 22 June 2022, Brand South Africa launched the findings of the Global Reputation Study in collaboration with Bloom Consulting – an international organisation that specialises in Nation Branding and Place Branding.     The Global Reputation Study focused on measuring four pillars of the Nation Brand, namely: Tourism, Talent, Prominence, Trade and Investment. The […]

MINISTER KUBAYI LEADS TEAM SA TO THE WORLD URBAN FORUM, 26 – 30 JUNE 2022 IN POLAND

The Minister of Human Settlements, Mmamoloko Kubayi, will lead Team South Africa at the 11th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF11).   The WUF 11 will be hosted by the Government of Poland at the International Congress Centre in Katowice, from 26 to 30 June 2022, under the theme “Transforming Our Cities for a […]

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VIRTUAL 14TH BRICS SUMMIT

President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead South Africa’s participation in the virtual 14th BRICS Leaders’ Summit hosted by the People’s Republic of China from 23 to 24 June 2022.   The Summit will be chaired by President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, as Chair of BRICS for 2022, under the theme “Foster High-quality […]

Forbes Africa honours Dr Brett Lyndall Singh, the Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30, class of 2022

By Mduduzi Malinga Dr Brett Lyndall Singh, aged 29, born in Pietermaritzburg, grew up in uMngeni, Howick KwaZulu-Natal, and matriculated from St Charles College in 2010. He was inspired to study medicine due to a traumatic experience with his grandmother at 16 years of age, where he was unable to resuscitate her. The Play Your […]

Government urges youth to embrace opportunities as Youth Day is commemorated

Youth urged to embrace opportunities   Tomorrow, South Africans will commemorate Youth Day, marking the anniversary of the June 16, 1976, Soweto uprising. On that day, the socio-political landscape in South Africa was changed. Youth Day is celebrated annually as a reminder of the importance of youth and their voices. This year, Youth Day will […]

South Africa is well placed to attract more investment

By Sithembile Ntombela   The South African delegation that represented the country at the World Economic Forum 2022 (WEF) Annual Meeting in Switzerland has returned home after it vigorously promoted our country as an attractive investment destination with the potential to generate long-term returns for investors.   A day before the start of WEF 2022, which […]

President Cyril Ramaphosa remains focused on rebuilding and recovery

President Ramaphosa remains focused on rebuilding and recovery     President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledges that while there is much public interest and concern about claims made in a criminal complaint against him, he remains firmly focused on the task of rebuilding the economy and the country.   The President reaffirms that he was not involved […]

Remy Kloos makes history as the first South African to summit Mount Everest and Mount Lohotse within 24 hours

By Mduduzi Malinga Having discovered her passion for high-altitude mountaineering four and a half years ago, Remy Kloos has become the first South African to summit Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse in just 24 hours, setting two stunning records. She summited Mount Everest on 15 May and Mount Lhotse on 16 May 2022. Born in […]

Government advocates for the protection of children during Child Protection Week

Government has noted with concern various incidents of child abuse, which have been reported on the media. These include kidnapping, bullying of children at schools and on the internet, as well as food poisoning of children, amongst others. These acts against children are unacceptable. Government calls on all South Africans to commemorate the National Child […]

Africa Communications Week 2022

On 23 – 27 May 2022, Brand South Africa worked together with the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) to host the annual Africa Communications Week (AfricaCommsWeek) in Johannesburg. The objective of the annual collaboration is two-fold: To leverage strategic partnerships with stakeholders to promote the country’s Nation Brand domestically and internationally; To […]

Brand South Africa collaborates with Why Cook studios to celebrate Africa Day

By Mduduzi Malinga   To celebrate Africa Day on the 25th of May 2022, Brand South Africa collaborated with Why Cook studios to host an Africa Day engagement with guests from our dynamic continent.   The theme of the engagement was The African Table; Celebrating Culture, Cuisine in the Continent.   The Africa Day engagement […]

President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at Equatorial Guinea ahead of African Union’s 16th Extraordinary Summit

President Ramaphosa arrives at Equatorial Guinea ahead of the African Union’s 16th Extraordinary Summit on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa   His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, Friday, 27 May 2022 arrived at Malabo International Airport in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to participate at the 16th Extraordinary Summit on Terrorism […]

Brand South Africa collaborates with Why Cook studios to celebrate Africa Day

By Mduduzi Malinga   To celebrate Africa Day on the 25 of May 2022, Brand South Africa collaborated with Why Cook studios to host an Africa Day engagement with guests from our dynamic continent.   The theme of the engagement was The African Table; Celebrating Culture, Cuisine in the Continent.   The Africa Day engagement […]

The Flavours of Africa: Cultural Cooking and Continental Cuisine

Play Your Part Celebrates Africa’s rich culinary heritage!   Celebs and esteemed guests came together this Africa Day to try their hand at creating authentic African food.   SA Celebs like TV personality Bonginkosi Dlamini and comedian Lesego Tlhabi were joined by VIP guests such as African enthusiast Adetunji Omo and UN Filmmaker Sara Chitambo. […]

President Cyril Ramaphosa urges tolerance and unity on Africa Day 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished South Africans well on Africa Day, describing it as an occasion to reflect on our collective responsibility to further the cause of unity among the nations of the continent. Africa Day commemorates the founding in 1963 of the Organisation of African Unity, the forerunner to the African Union. “For us […]

High-level business delegation to represent South Africa at the Annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos

Johannesburg, South Africa – 22 May 2022: Minister of Human Settlements & the Head of Cabinet Economic Cluster, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi, is  leading a high-level delegation of over 37 business and institutional leaders, representing South Africa at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Switzerland.   Taking place in Davos, Switzerland from 22-26 May […]

[MEDIA STATEMENT] Minister Kubayi to lead SA delegation to WEF

The Minister of Human Settlements and Head of Cabinet Economic Cluster, Mmamoloko Kubayi, will lead the South African delegation at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum taking place from 22 to 26 May 2022 in Davos, Switzerland. Held under the theme, History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies, the Annual […]

Tygerberg Hospital, the first public hospital to perform robotic surgery

By Mduduzi Malinga Tygerberg Hospital is the first public hospital in South Africa that has successfully performed a robot-assisted surgery in February this year. Introducing this advanced technology is a first for both patient care and surgical innovation in the country’s public health system.   The da Vinci surgical system is a robotic surgical system […]

WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF MINERAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY MR GWEDE MANTASHE ON THE OCCASION OF THE AFRICA MINING INDABA

Programme Director, Organisers of the 2022 Mining Indaba Ministers present here today Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Dr Nobuhle Nkabane and other Deputy Ministers present here today The leadership of organised labour Captains of industry, and members of the investment community Representatives of civil society and communities Members of the diplomatic corps Distinguished […]

Swedish battery manufacturer, Polarium honours investment pledge, opens shop in Cape Town

The success of the recent SA Investment Conference is proof that the South African economy is rich, diverse and on an upward trajectory. Enthusiasm and optimism expressed by investors and business leaders – local and international, gave the South African government the assurance that its ongoing efforts to achieve economic growth are paying off.   […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Brand South Africa calls for calm, restraint and responsible citizenship

[Johannesburg, South Africa, April 08, 2022]. Today, Brand South Africa has called for calm amid growing violence brewing between citizens and foreign nationals in the country. As an organisation mandated with managing the image and reputation of South Africa, we urge everyone to exercise restraint, to avoid further loss of life and damage to the […]

EXXARO PLAYS ITS PART IN DRIVING INVESTMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA- FULFILLING THE PRESIDENTIAL DREAM

In 2019, at the South African Investment Conference, Exxaro committed to investing R20 billion towards the country’s efforts to economic recovery. They could not have possibly anticipated what was to unfold globally as COVID-19 brought the world to its knees. This injection would make a major difference to South Africa’s economy as a result.   […]

South Africa launches the ‘SA Invest Media Fellowship’, as a strategic focus to ‘invest in investment’

Johannesburg, 25 March 2022 – Brand South Africa, Global Citizen Africa and ‘I am South African’ are proud to introduce the inaugural SA Invest Media Fellowship. The South African Investment Conference has over the years become a dairy highlight and ultimate annual appointment for the global business and investment community.   The 2022 edition builds […]

President Cyril Ramaphosa: Closing remarks at 4th South Africa Investment Conference

Programme Director, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, We have come to the end of another successful South Africa Investment Conference. It is a success that we relish all the more because it is taking place in the midst of a global pandemic that has dampened the global investment climate for two years. I am greatly […]

Why is South Africa an appealing destination for investors?

By Thandi Tobias Any nation that dreams of building a fast-growing, employment-generating economy must be attractive to investors.   Having identified this important pre-condition for economic growth and wealth creation, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched an investment drive in 2018 to attract R1.2 trillion over a five-year period into the South African economy.   To get […]

Brand South Africa celebrates Ten Years of Play Your Part with a Spectacular Awards Ceremony

Johannesburg| 18 March 2022 – Latifah Jacobs, is the proud recipient of the first Play Your Part Award for outstanding active citizenship. Jacobs does stellar work through the Aurorah Kuilsriver CAN organisation. The announcement was made at Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Awards in Johannesburg on 17 March 2022. Jacobs was also the winner […]

South African filmmaker Phumi Morare’s short film has been shortlisted for an Oscar

By Mduduzi Malinga Phumi Morare’s short film titled LAKUTSHON’ ILANGA (when the sun sets), has been shortlisted for an Academy Award popularly known as the ‘Oscars’. The short film shares a true story of a young black nurse, living in the 1980’s apartheid South Africa, who has to face her worse fear when she discovers […]

Excitement builds as Play Your Part Awards Ceremony draws closer

Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Awards is an ambitious project that has been celebrating 10 years of the Play Your Part Programme by recognising and acknowledging active citizens throughout South Africa.   The Awards are a symbol of the impact that the Programme has had over the  past decade, but more importantly a reminder […]

Can EU-AU Summit €150 billion package help Africa’s post covid-19 recovery?

The South African delegation has returned from Brussels, Belgium, where it attended a two-day summit of African and European heads of state and governments, which concluded on 18 February.   The delegation, which was led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, and its African partners have not come back from the 6th  EU-AU summit empty-handed despite not […]

The South Africa perspective: Can the EU & Africa reboot their relationship?

On17th February 2022, the first day of the two-day 6th European Union-African Union (AU-EU) Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Brand South Africa hosted a special debate on the sidelines of the gathering, which was attended by 60 leaders from Africa and Europe.   The debate titled “The South Africa perspective: Can the EU & Africa reboot […]

Play Your Part Innovator of the Year Awarded to breakthrough digital retail app, Q-Hop

Johannesburg |22 February 2022 – Consumption Information Real-Time (CIRT) has been announced as the winner of the Innovator of the Year Award in the ongoing Brand South Africa 2021 Play Your Part Awards. The organisation won due to the success of its app, Q-Hop, a contactless payment solution that showcases South Africa’s global competitiveness in […]

The SA Pharmaceutical Market could boost economic growth

Economic recovery post-COVID-19 means that there are huge opportunities for increased partnerships between businesses in South Africa. For instance, Aspen Pharmacare and multinational pharmaceuticals will continue to strengthen their position in South Africa, according to a report by Fitch Solutions. Aspen pharmaceutical, headquartered in Durban, has signed a deal to package and sell Johnson & […]

Reaffirming Africa’s self-sufficient ability to produce COVID-19 Vaccines

South Africa has made significant progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic through the commitment to producing the COVID-19 vaccines for the country and the continent. In December 2021 the South African Government, through the African Renaissance Fund (ARF), signed an agreement with the African Vaccination Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to donate 2 030 400 […]

Digital Citizenship: The Importance of Online Caution and Compassion

Living in an increasingly digital world necessitates ongoing examinations on the effects of online presence and users’ responsibilities thereof. This has become even more important given the rapid rise in online users including the increased reliance on digital technologies for information, entertainment, retail, education and delivery of work duties – among others. Although the recent […]

Brand South Africa celebrates 20 years of active service to the Nation Brand

Johannesburg 7 February 2022 – Charged with the responsibility to inspire pride, patriotism, social cohesion, nation building and positive change in South Africa, Brand South Africa has sought to bring to life and share how the nation is consistently ‘Inspiring new ways’ through each of its communication pieces and in every campaign. The work of […]

Brand South Africa to host a special debate on the sidelines of the EU-AU Summit

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 16 February 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- The debate titled “The South Africa perspective: Can the EU & Africa reboot their relationship” will be hosted in partnership with Euronews, Europe’s leading international news media, and its sister channel Africanews. The live debate will take place on the first day of the Summit, 17 […]

Can EU-AU Summit create a partnership of equals?

Opinion by Sithembile Ntombela The EU-AU summit on 17-18 February is expected to shift the donor-recipient relationship between Europe and Africa to a partnership of equals. Heads of state and government from Europe and Africa will gather in Brussels, Belgium, over two days, from 17-18 February 2022, to rekindle the relationship between the two continents […]

The Brand South Africa Play Your Part Awards opens entries for the last three categories

Johannesburg|- The final three categories for Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Awards 2022 are open for nominations. The ambitious year-long endeavour that began in June 2021, has been an effort to recognise and acknowledge active citizenship in South Africa. This time around, it is calling for nominations on the final three categories: Social Cohesion, […]

South Africa launches three ‘nano satellites’ on SpaceX rocket

By Mduduzi Malinga In a first for South Africa’s space industry, three locally produced nanosatellites for the Maritime Domain Awareness Satellite constellation (MDASat-1) launched into space as part of US aerospace company SpaceX’s Transporter-3 mission. *Nano-satellites are small satellites weighing between 1 kg and 10 kg. They cost less but have the capability of bigger satellites […]

Entrepreneurship as a role player to rebuilding South Africa’s economy

It is widely known by now that many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have had to reinvent themselves over the last year to become more digitally present, not just in the way they receive and make payments or manage stock, but also in the way they interact with other SMEs and the ecosystem at large. […]

THE ROLE OF VACCINES IN CURBING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

COVID-19 has been disrupting lives for over a year, but collaborations between health experts, business and government have ensured that the lives of South African citizens are spared through readily available vaccination for all. Vaccines are safe, effective, and protect against serious illness, hospitalisation and death. Although there are many naysayers it is important for […]

Ford Rebuilding South Africa with millions to invest in Gqeberha

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has been an active participant in the South African motor industry since 1923 when they began assembling Model T cars in a disused wool shed in Port Elizabeth. Fulfilling Henry Ford’s vision to “open the […]

Aspen Pharmaceutical – the first to get vaccine distribution rights in Africa

South Africa’s Aspen pharmaceutical, headquartered in Durban, has signed a deal to package and sell Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine in Africa. Aspen is focused on improving the health of patients across the world through its high quality and affordable medicines. With a presence of more than two decades in the pharmaceutical sector, Aspen has improved […]

Play Your Part Ambassador Masingita Shibambu wins a SATMA

By Mduduzi Malinga The 16th Annual South African Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA) Awards took place in Mpumalanga last month, to celebrate and showcase the richness of traditional music heritage nationally. The Awards were first launched in 2005, by the brainchild Dr. Dumisani Goba to bring all races and ethnic groups together through the celebration of […]

South Africa’s manufacturing sector a unique option for investors

By Lebo Madiba With the Coronavirus prompting global investors to diversify their sources of product supplies, South Africa’s manufacturing sector presents them with a unique option. The sector is well-established, possesses advanced technologies to produce quality goods and is strategically placed to provide businesses with access to the rest of the continent. Global environmental sustainability, […]

Master Class on the Nation Brand 2

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Media release Basketball South Africa to host Road to the BAL Elite 16 Qualifying Tournament (Division East)

Basketball South Africa (BasketballSA) in association with Brand South Africa, will host the Road to the Basketball Africa League (BAL) Elite 16 Qualifying Tournament (Division East) at Wembley Basketball Stadium in Turfontein, Johannesburg from 7-11 December 2021.  Due to the increasing COVID-19 positive cases and associated variants, the event will be held without spectators, with […]

South Africa’s agro-processing ripe for FDI

By Lebo Madiba South Africa’s presence at the Expo 2020 Dubai has brought a bit of vibrancy and colour to the Middle Eastern city, as local artists and innovators showcased their talents to a global audience. But while they were great ambassadors at the Expo, it is the country’s trade and industry that has been […]

GBV and GDP: The Price Society Pays for Violence Against Women

“Societies that treat women deficiently are defective and disproportionate,” says Katie Mohamed, CEO and Founder of W-Suite.   A Mckinsey study (2019, Moodley et al) found that if Africa focused on accelerating gender parity, the continent’s collective GDP could be boosted by around 10%. KPMG conducted a study back in 2014 (2014, Khumalo et al) […]

Knowledge Hub Information

The Knowledge Hub is intended to serve stakeholders, and the general public in both the domestic and international environments. The knowledge hub aims to be: <h5 style="text-align: center;">Informative</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;">Innovative</h5> <h5 style="text-align: center;">Inspiring</h5> Stakeholders can access more detailed internal analysis documents by registering on the <a href="https://brandsouthafrica.com/resources-downloads/knowlegde-hub">Knowledge Hub</a>. Stakeholders are welcome to utilise the [...]

International Reputation Research

Brand South Africa tracks, commissions, and analyses several sources of research and information regarding the Nation Brand’s global reputation exposure. Main sources of information utilised is the Nation Brand Index, and Brand South Africa’s International Investor Perceptions research. Such findings are further supported by extensive internal analysis, desktop research, stakeholder engagements, and direct Brand South [...]

Domestic Research

Brand South Africa conducts a domestic perceptions survey as a tracking study that provides the organisation with a general overview of the shifts and changes among South Africans with regards to their socio-political mindsets and perceptions of the nation brand.  This includes an assessment of their beliefs, values and attitudes which impact on the nation [...]

Nation Brand Performance

Unlike corporate brands, a nation brand, its performance, perceptions thereof, and its reputation is shaped by actions taken by citizens, business, civil-society, and government. To this end the Nation Brand Performance Monitoring conducted by Brand South Africa aims to identify competitive strengths, advantages, and challenges stakeholders should bear in mind when engaging with issues that [...]

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Mr Jacques Bushang Modipane

Mr Modipane was born in the Hoedspruit District of the then Eastern Transvaal. He was part of the democratic struggle during the late 1970’s until the dawn of democracy. He was the first Head of Mpumalanga Provincial Treasury (Member of the Executive Council for Finance). He left active Politics in 2002 to venture into the […]

Ms Rachel Kalidass

Ms Kalidass is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in internal and external auditing, financial management, business process review, corporate governance and risk management.  She is currently the Managing Director of R Kalidass and Associates, a practice of Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors which she founded in 2005.  She holds a BCompt (Unisa); CTA (University […]

Mr Andrew Madella

Mr Madella was born in Cradock and grew up in Elsiesriver. He matriculated from Uitsig High in 1982 and studied Social Work at the University of the Western Cape. His activism in community issues and liberation politics started during his school going days and continued up to today. Mr Madella’s socio-political consciousness and desire to […]

Ms Sisanda Bukeka Nkoala

Ms Nkoala is an academic with interest in rhetoric studies, journalism, and multilinguals. Her research is driven by a recognition that because communication is “a symbolic process whereby reality is produced”, it is also the means by which reality is transformed. Her work on media literacy, multilingual education, and rhetoric studies has been presented to local and […]

Dr Stavros Nicolaou

Stavros Nicolaou is the Aspen Pharmacare Group’s Senior Executive responsible for Strategic Trade Development. Previously he was CEO of Aspen’s Export Business. Aspen is Africa’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer and a now world leader in Anaesthetics and injectable anti-coagulants. Aspen is one of South Africa’s most globalised multinational companies with a presence in over 50 geographies […]

Mr George Sebulela

Mr George Sebulela is a highly experienced leader, entrepreneur and distinct professional with many years’ experience in strategy execution and investment banking in South Africa and internationally at a senior level. He is Board Director with extensive corporate and business experience, who has achieved significant executive leadership accomplishments in business and philanthropy. His strong leadership, […]

Ms Muditambi Ravele

Ms Muditambi (commonly called Ntambi) Ravele, is a ground-breaking woman in the field of Women and Sport in South Africa (WASSA) where she initiated the formation of Women and Sports South Africa in 1996. In 2008 she founded and is the Chairperson of the South African Women and Sport Foundation (SAWASF) and is a founder […]

Mr Mlungisi Johnson

Mr Johnson was born in Keiskamahoek and grew up in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. He has a Certificate in Public Development and Management from Wits Business School.  He cut his teeth of activism in the Students/Youth Movement through Young Christian Workers, COSAS and ANC YL. Upon his stint at the ANC YL HQ, he worked […]

Professor Ylva Rodny-Gumede

Prof. Rodny-Gumede is the Head of the Division for Internationalisation and a Professor in the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg. She is also a Senior Associate Researcher with the Stanhope Centre for International Communications Policy Research at the London School of Economics. Professor Rodny-Gumede has worked in journalism, marketing and PR and has […]

Ms Loretta Jacobus

Ms. Jacobus was born, bred and schooled in Port Elizabeth (EC). She studied Social Work at the University of the Western Cape. Her work experience spans from Social work to teaching where she has gained vast knowledge and skill. She expanded that skill through having worked in NGO’s and Community Based Organisation’s (Advice Centres) and […]

Ms Thandi Tobias

Ms Tobias matriculated at Phiritona Secondary school and obtained an advanced diploma in Economic Policy from the University of the Western Cape. She also attained a Certificate in Economics and Public Finance from UNISA as well as a certificate in Leadership Communication from Rhodes University. Career history: Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, responsible for […]

Mr Mondli Gungubele

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Brand South Africa research aims to develop insight and analysis into the performance of the Nation Brand from a domestic and international perspective focused on Reputation & Competitiveness.

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Nation Brand Forum

Aimed at rebuilding the South African Economy! The Nation Brand forum brings together diverse stakeholders from government, private business, and civil society, to constructively address the current issues and discuss interventions that will contribute to the South African Economy.

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South African scientists’ discovery of the Omicron variant enhances nation’s reputation and contribution to the fight against Covid-19 virus

Johannesburg – 29 November 2021 – Brand South Africa joins many global institutions and nations, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the United States of America’s Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in applauding South Africa’s internationally renowned scientists, for detecting the Omicron variant through collaborative efforts with laboratories and the Network for Genomic Surveillance […]

South African scientists’ discovery of the Omicron variant enhances nation’s reputation and contribution to the fight against Covid-19 virus

Johannesburg – 29 November 2021 – Brand South Africa joins many global institutions and nations, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the United States of America’s Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in applauding South Africa’s internationally renowned scientists, for detecting the Omicron variant through collaborative efforts with laboratories and the Network for Genomic Surveillance […]

Play Your Part Ambassador Sasha Laurel, facilitates R1 billion in bursaries for Africa

  JOHANNESBURG, 29 NOVEMBER 2021 – Play Your Part Ambassador, Sasha Laurel, alongside the Chairman of the Regenesys Group, Dr Marko Saravanja, will facilitate R1 billion in bursaries for African citizens. This will allow them to pursue their studies and gain an internationally recognised qualification from the Regenesys Business School. This good news follows the […]

Play Your Part Ambassador Sasha Laurel, facilitates R1 billion in bursaries for Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 29 NOVEMBER 2021 – Play Your Part Ambassador, Sasha Laurel, alongside the Chairman of the Regenesys Group, Dr Marko Saravanja, will facilitate R1 billion in bursaries for African citizens. This will allow them to pursue their studies and gain an internationally recognised qualification from the Regenesys Business School. This good news follows the successful […]

Sasha Laurel funds in Higher Education

Brand South Africa is thrilled to announce that Sasha Laurel, a Play Your Part Ambassador, has partnered with The Regenesys Foundation.

Play Your Part Ambassadors Show Up for SA Amid Unrest

Two weeks ago, South Africa experienced one of the greatest periods of socioeconomic unrest in its democratic lifespan.

Azael Langa celebrates Women in Art

This Women’s Month, Play Your Part Ambassador and fine artist, Azael Langa celebrates women in art with a powerfully curated art exhibition at his studio in the heart of Johannesburg.

South Africa responds to UK’s temporary ban of Southern African flights from entering the UK.

The Government of South Africa has noted the announcement by the United Kingdom (UK) to temporarily ban all flights from the Southern parts of Africa, including South Africa from entering the UK due to the detection of a new coronavirus variant B.1.1.529. Whilst South Africa respects the right of all countries to take the necessary […]

South Africa responds to UK’s temporary ban of Southern African flights from entering the UK.

  The Government of South Africa has noted the announcement by the United Kingdom (UK) to temporarily ban all flights from the Southern parts of Africa, including South Africa from entering the UK due to the detection of a new coronavirus variant B.1.1.529. Whilst South Africa respects the right of all countries to take the […]

DELL PLEDGES TO DRIVE SOUTH AFRICA TOWARDS A DIGITALLY EQUIPPED ECONOMY

“Revolutionary advances in technology are reshaping the way people work and live. They are transforming the way people relate to each other, the way societies function and the way they are governed” – President Cyril Ramaphosa at the State of the Nation Address 2020. We can all agree that the way of life has changed […]

DELL PLEDGES TO DRIVE SOUTH AFRICA TOWARDS A DIGITALLY EQUIPPED ECONOMY

“Revolutionary advances in technology are reshaping the way people work and live. They are transforming the way people relate to each other, the way societies function and the way they are governed” – President Cyril Ramaphosa at the State of the Nation Address 2020. We can all agree that the way of life has changed […]

MEDIA INVITE: SOUTH AFRICA-KENYA TRADE AND INVESTMENT BUSINESS FORUM

  The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) will host the South Africa-Kenya Trade and Investment Business Forum in Pretoria tomorrow. President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Uhuru Kenyatta will address the forum, which is aimed at increasing and diversifying levels of bilateral trade and investment between South Africa and Kenya. Members of the […]

MEDIA INVITE: SOUTH AFRICA-KENYA TRADE AND INVESTMENT BUSINESS FORUM

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) will host the South Africa-Kenya Trade and Investment Business Forum in Pretoria tomorrow. President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Uhuru Kenyatta will address the forum, which is aimed at increasing and diversifying levels of bilateral trade and investment between South Africa and Kenya. Members of the media […]

Springbok captain and philanthropist, Siya Kolisi’s rise from humble beginnings inspires hope for South Africans and people the world over

  Springbok 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siyamthanda ‘Siya’ Kolisi, recently launched a poignant autobiography, titled ‘Rise’, inspired by his late  mother’s name Phakama, which translates to the book’s title. Born on June 16, 1991, in the township of Zwide, Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth) in South Africa, Kolisi’s lived experience is a universal […]

Springbok captain and philanthropist, Siya Kolisi’s rise from humble beginnings inspires hope for South Africans and people the world over

  Springbok 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siyamthanda ‘Siya’ Kolisi, recently launched a poignant autobiography, titled ‘Rise’, inspired by his late  mother’s name Phakama, which translates to the book’s title. Born on June 16, 1991, in the township of Zwide, Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth) in South Africa, Kolisi’s lived experience is a universal […]

Investment

South Africa is the most diversified economy on the continent, making it a preferred destination for multinational investors in Africa, with more than 180 Fortune Global 500 companies having a footprint in the country.

Culture

South Africa has been famously referred to as the Rainbow Nation due to its multicultural diversity. The fascinating variety of different people, landscapes, culinary and languages offer a melting pot of intrigue and excitement.

Tourism

A leading leisure and business tourism destination, South Africa is known for its beautiful scenery, value-for-money experiences ranging from beaches to wildlife and safaris, and favourable year-round weather.

Open Africa Initiative shines at Davos 2018

The Open Africa Initiative, a programme aimed at advancing the concept of intra-Africa economic and cultural integration – while boosting the continent’s young entrepreneurs – had a strong presence at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The programme, which was founded by Africa50 Global Shapers in 2017, sent four representatives to Davos to […]

How South Africans spend their income

The Living Conditions Survey from Statistics South Africa gives insight into how South Africans spend their income. The biggest expenses are housing and utilities. Brand South Africa reporter Male-headed households spend more on shoes and clothes, R5,343 a year, compared to female-headed homes, which spend only R4,364 on shoes and clothes a year. This is […]

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Masterclass is the gateway to understanding the National Brand and what it stands for. Gain access to contextual information about the strengths, features and unique attributes of our South African Nation Brand.

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Global South Africans

A network of exceptional South Africans living abroad was formed to enlist the talent, experience, and credibility of South Africans living abroad to build a Nation Brand internationally.

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Play Your Part

Play Your Part is a nationwide initiative created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.

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Brand South Africa’s position regarding Miss South Africa participating in Miss Universe

MEDIA RELEASEBrand SA’s position regarding Miss SA participating in Miss Universe [Johannesburg, South Africa, November, 08, 2021]. Brand South Africa is aware of conversations in the news environment regarding Miss SA participating in the 70th Miss Universe competition which will be hosted in Israel. As an apolitical organisation, Brand South Africa is not in a […]

Brand South Africa’s position regarding Miss South Africa participating in Miss Universe

MEDIA RELEASEBrand SA’s position regarding Miss SA participating in Miss Universe [Johannesburg, South Africa, November, 08, 2021]. Brand South Africa is aware of conversations in the news environment regarding Miss SA participating in the 70th Miss Universe competition which will be hosted in Israel. As an apolitical organisation, Brand South Africa is not in a […]

The Brand South Africa Play Your Part Awards 2021 have now opened entries in the ‘Job Creation’ category

Johannesburg, 5 November 2021- According to the World Bank, South Africa’s biggest challenge is its job market. Even in the best of times, the labour market has been marked by high levels of unemployment and inactivity.  However, when there is a high level of employment, economic growth becomes inevitable. Having the freedom to hire additional […]

The Brand South Africa Play Your Part Awards 2021 have now opened entries in the ‘Job Creation’ category

Johannesburg, 5 November 2021- According to the World Bank, South Africa’s biggest challenge is its job market. Even in the best of times, the labour market has been marked by high levels of unemployment and inactivity.  However, when there is a high level of employment, economic growth becomes inevitable. Having the freedom to hire additional […]

South Africa welcomes multilateral efforts to help in its shift to cleaner energy

As the G20 leaders adopted the Rome Declaration at this year’s Summit in Italy, African agendas were prioritised, and much headway was made in the spheres of health, energy, economy and technology. Joining Brazil and Argentina, South Africa’s mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub has been earmarked as integral to increasing global COVID-19 manufacturing, vaccine distribution […]

South Africa welcomes multilateral efforts to help in its shift to cleaner energy

As the G20 leaders adopted the Rome Declaration at this year’s Summit in Italy, African agendas were prioritised, and much headway was made in the spheres of health, energy, economy and technology. Joining Brazil and Argentina, South Africa’s mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub has been earmarked as integral to increasing global COVID-19 manufacturing, vaccine distribution […]

SA COMPANIES TO PARTICIPATE AT INTRA-AFRICAN TRADE FAIR 2021

More than 80 South African companies, supported by government, will have an opportunity to showcase their products and services at the Intra African Trade Fair 2021 (IATF2021) that will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from 15-21 November 2021. The Intra-African Trade Fair is a trade show that […]

SA COMPANIES TO PARTICIPATE AT INTRA-AFRICAN TRADE FAIR 2021

More than 80 South African companies, supported by government, will have an opportunity to showcase their products and services at the Intra African Trade Fair 2021 (IATF2021) that will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from 15-21 November 2021. The Intra-African Trade Fair is a trade show that […]

TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA PRODUCES ITS FIRST HYBRID VEHICLE

Imagine taking a spin across the country overlooking picturesque views in a proudly South African first of its kind hybrid SUV (sport utility vehicle). Well, this is soon to be a reality. Business has confirmed its share of voice when it comes to rebuilding South Africa. While the country’s economy has been affected by the […]

TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA PRODUCES ITS FIRST HYBRID VEHICLE

Imagine taking a spin across the country overlooking picturesque views in a proudly South African first of its kind hybrid SUV (sport utility vehicle). Well, this is soon to be a reality. Business has confirmed its share of voice when it comes to rebuilding South Africa. While the country’s economy has been affected by the […]

FEATURE FILMS, MUSIC AND SNEAKER CULTURE, A HUGE ATTRACTION FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN PAVILION IN DUBAI

When they refer to South Africa as a melting Pot of Culture, what they mean is that our industry players – whether on stages and screens, or behind the scenes – have found the perfect way to weave the South African story together. This October, visitors to the South African pavilion at Expo 2020 in […]

FEATURE FILMS, MUSIC AND SNEAKER CULTURE, A HUGE ATTRACTION FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN PAVILION IN DUBAI

When they refer to South Africa as a melting Pot of Culture, what they mean is that our industry players – whether on stages and screens, or behind the scenes – have found the perfect way to weave the South African story together. This October, visitors to the South African pavilion at Expo 2020 in […]

COVID-19 VACCINE A SAVING GRACE TO SOUTH AFRICANS FROM THE AGE OF TWELVE

  It takes less than an hour to get your inoculation and be part of the more than 19 million other citizens in South Africa who have chosen to be safe and keep others safe. Since the start of the pandemic South Africans have been calling for the vaccine roll out in the pursuit to […]

COVID-19 VACCINE A SAVING GRACE TO SOUTH AFRICANS FROM THE AGE OF TWELVE

It takes less than an hour to get your inoculation and be part of the more than 19 million other citizens in South Africa who have chosen to be safe and keep others safe. Since the start of the pandemic South Africans have been calling for the vaccine roll out in the pursuit to save […]

BRAND SA BURSARY PROGRAMME 2022

BRAND SA BURSARY PROGRAMME 2022 Brand South Africa is an organisation that aims to contribute to the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) by undertaking coordinated initiatives to build South Africa’s reputation and contribute to the country’s global competitiveness. We also aim to inspire and instill pride and patriotism among South Africans and drive […]

BRAND SA BURSARY PROGRAMME 2022

BRAND SA BURSARY PROGRAMME 2022 Brand South Africa is an organisation that aims to contribute to the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) by undertaking coordinated initiatives to build South Africa’s reputation and contribute to the country’s global competitiveness. We also aim to inspire and instill pride and patriotism among South Africans and drive […]

Brand South Africa announces third winner in the Women Empowerment category as part of the ongoing 2021 Play Your Part Awards

  Johannesburg |22 October 2021- i-LEAD has been announced as the third winner of the ongoing Brand South Africa 2021 Play Your Part Awards in the category – Women Empowerment. The focus of this category was to highlight women empowerment programmes that aim to uplift, protect and empower women mentally, physically and socio-economically. i-LEAD is an […]

Brand South Africa announces third winner in the Women Empowerment category as part of the ongoing 2021 Play Your Part Awards

Johannesburg |22 October 2021- i-LEAD has been announced as the third winner of the ongoing Brand South Africa 2021 Play Your Part Awards in the category – Women Empowerment. The focus of this category was to highlight women empowerment programmes that aim to uplift, protect and empower women mentally, physically and socio-economically. i-LEAD is an initiative […]

In honour of A Change-Maker who helps others

When Brand South Africa partnered with Miss South Africa over a year ago, the intention was to promote and celebrate active citizenship, as well as encourage national pride, and patriotism. From this collaboration came the Brand South Africa Play Your Part Ambassador of the year Award which celebrates a patriotic citizen who displays a commitment […]

In honour of A Change-Maker who helps others

When Brand South Africa partnered with Miss South Africa over a year ago, the intention was to promote and celebrate active citizenship, as well as encourage national pride, and patriotism. From this collaboration came the Brand South Africa Play Your Part Ambassador of the year Award which celebrates a patriotic citizen who displays a commitment […]

Brand South Africa collaboration on Sebenza Women Awards to identify and reward game-changers

By Mduduzi Malinga Brand South Africa in partnership with Inqaba media, hosted the Sebenza Women Awards in October 2021 in KwaZulu-Natal. The Sebenza Women Awards” have been created to honour women who possess innovation, entrepreneurial drive, selfless leadership, individuality, and tenacity with the ultimate goal being to present role models, for other women and the […]

Brand South Africa collaboration on Sebenza Women Awards to identify and reward game-changers

By Mduduzi Malinga Brand South Africa in partnership with Inqaba media, hosted the Sebenza Women Awards in October 2021 in KwaZulu-Natal. The Sebenza Women Awards” have been created to honour women who possess innovation, entrepreneurial drive, selfless leadership, individuality, and tenacity with the ultimate goal being to present role models, for other women and the […]

Hugo Ngcobo plays his part in environmental awareness

By Mduduzi Malinga  Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Songimvelo Recycle, hosted a recycling event in September in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu- Natal. Songimvelo Recycle is an environmental organization that partakes in making sure that environmental justice is more than just creating campaigns but it ensures that companies and organizations are playing their part in being […]

Hugo Ngcobo plays his part in environmental awareness

By Mduduzi Malinga  Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Songimvelo Recycle, hosted a recycling event in September in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu- Natal. Songimvelo Recycle is an environmental organization that partakes in making sure that environmental justice is more than just creating campaigns but it ensures that companies and organizations are playing their part in being […]

Team SA’s first week at Expo 2020 Dubai

After months of preparation, with production coming to an abrupt halt amid the Coronavirus outbreak then gaining momentum, Expo 2020 Dubai officially opened its doors to the world on 1 October 2021.   Joining over 190 countries in showcasing the Nation’s strengths and grasping the opportunity to reintroduce the buyer and sellers’ market, Team South […]

Team SA’s first week at Expo 2020 Dubai

After months of preparation, with production coming to an abrupt halt amid the Coronavirus outbreak then gaining momentum, Expo 2020 Dubai officially opened its doors to the world on 1 October 2021.   Joining over 190 countries in showcasing the Nation’s strengths and grasping the opportunity to reintroduce the buyer and sellers’ market, Team South […]

JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH WILL BE THE CORNERSTONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S PARTICIPATION IN THE EXPO 2020 IN DUBAI

    Cabinet has announced South Africa’s participation at the EXPO2020 Dubai that will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The theme of this year’s Expo is “Connecting Minds and Creating the Future via Sustainability, Mobility, and Opportunity”. EXPO2020 will provide the country with an […]

JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH WILL BE THE CORNERSTONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S PARTICIPATION IN THE EXPO 2020 IN DUBAI

Cabinet has announced South Africa’s participation at the EXPO2020 Dubai that will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The theme of this year’s Expo is “Connecting Minds and Creating the Future via Sustainability, Mobility, and Opportunity”. EXPO2020 will provide the country with an opportunity to […]

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ON PROGRESS IN THE NATIONAL EFFORT TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, UNION BUILDINGS, TSHWANE, 30 SEPTEMBER 2021

  My fellow South Africans, This evening, I would like to talk to you about four matters that are vital to our fight against theCOVID-19 pandemic and the recovery of our society and economy. These are, firstly, the intensification of our national vaccination campaign; secondly, the measureswe will be taking to further open our economy; […]

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ON PROGRESS IN THE NATIONAL EFFORT TO CONTAIN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, UNION BUILDINGS, TSHWANE, 30 SEPTEMBER 2021

My fellow South Africans, This evening, I would like to talk to you about four matters that are vital to our fight against theCOVID-19 pandemic and the recovery of our society and economy. These are, firstly, the intensification of our national vaccination campaign; secondly, the measureswe will be taking to further open our economy; thirdly, […]

AfCFTA OPPORTUNITY FOR AFRICA AND HOW COUNTRIES SUCH AS SOUTH AFRICA CAN LEVERAGE IT TO CATALYSE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND TRADE ACROSS BORDERS POST COVID-19 PANDEMIC

KEYNOTE ADDRESS H.E. WAMKELE MENE SECRETARY GENERAL, AfCFTA SECRETARIAT ON OCCASION OF THE 2021 NATION BRAND FORUM UNDER THE THEME – “BELIEVE IN SOUTH AFRICA: REFLECT, REBUILD AND REASSURE” TOPIC AfCFTA OPPORTUNITY FOR AFRICA AND HOW COUNTRIES SUCH AS SOUTH AFRICA CAN LEVERAGE IT TO CATALYSE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND TRADE ACROSS BORDERS POST COVID-19 PANDEMIC […]

AfCFTA OPPORTUNITY FOR AFRICA AND HOW COUNTRIES SUCH AS SOUTH AFRICA CAN LEVERAGE IT TO CATALYSE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND TRADE ACROSS BORDERS POST COVID-19 PANDEMIC

KEYNOTE ADDRESS H.E. WAMKELE MENE SECRETARY GENERAL, AfCFTA SECRETARIAT ON OCCASION OF THE 2021 NATION BRAND FORUM UNDER THE THEME – “BELIEVE IN SOUTH AFRICA: REFLECT, REBUILD AND REASSURE” TOPIC AfCFTA OPPORTUNITY FOR AFRICA AND HOW COUNTRIES SUCH AS SOUTH AFRICA CAN LEVERAGE IT TO CATALYSE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND TRADE ACROSS BORDERS POST COVID-19 PANDEMIC […]

MEDIA STATEMENT: More than 550 private sites open this Saturday to support Vooma vaccination drive

Johannesburg, 29 September 2021 – The private sector will be doing everything it can to support government’s first Vooma Vaccination Weekend being rolled out on Friday and Saturday, 1-2 October. About 1,000 private vaccination sites are open on Friday and more than 550 sites will open specially on Saturday. “The private sector wants to make […]

MEDIA STATEMENT: More than 550 private sites open this Saturday to support Vooma vaccination drive

Johannesburg, 29 September 2021 – The private sector will be doing everything it can to support government’s first Vooma Vaccination Weekend being rolled out on Friday and Saturday, 1-2 October. About 1,000 private vaccination sites are open on Friday and more than 550 sites will open specially on Saturday. “The private sector wants to make […]

OUR REIGNING QUEEN SHINES HER MAGIC ON HERITAGE

Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida, shows us that she’s not just the country’s proud title holder, and the founder of an online mental health initiative called #MindfulMondays, but she recently added author to her list of achievements. Shudu, as she’s fondly known, recently published a book ‘Shudu Finds Her Magic’ in partnership with the Miss […]

OUR REIGNING QUEEN SHINES HER MAGIC ON HERITAGE

Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida, shows us that she’s not just the country’s proud title holder, and the founder of an online mental health initiative called #MindfulMondays, but she recently added author to her list of achievements. Shudu, as she’s fondly known, recently published a book ‘Shudu Finds Her Magic’ in partnership with the Miss […]

The 5th Nation Brand Forum to catalyse South Africa’s economic recovery and global competitiveness

Johannesburg, South Africa – 16 September 2021: The Minister in the Presidency and Brand South Africa are to host the fifth instalment of the annual Nation Brand Forum, which will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to chart the way forward to realise the goals of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP), with […]

The 5th Nation Brand Forum to catalyse South Africa’s economic recovery and global competitiveness

Johannesburg, South Africa – 16 September 2021: The Minister in the Presidency and Brand South Africa are to host the fifth instalment of the annual Nation Brand Forum, which will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to chart the way forward to realise the goals of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP), with […]

The Road to South Africa’s Economic Recovery: Exchanging Knowledge and Building Networks

On 10 September 2021, Brand South Africa collaborated with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), to deliver the first of a series of webinars under the theme ‘Trade and Investment Knowledge Network’. This collaboration is in line with both entities’ mandate to positively position the country for trade and inward investment that contributes […]

The Road to South Africa’s Economic Recovery: Exchanging Knowledge and Building Networks

On 10 September 2021, Brand South Africa collaborated with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), to deliver the first of a series of webinars under the theme ‘Trade and Investment Knowledge Network’. This collaboration is in line with both entities’ mandate to positively position the country for trade and inward investment that contributes […]

The Brand South Africa Play Your Part Awards 2021 have now opened entries in the Nation Pride award category

Every year in September, South Africa celebrates the diversity of its heritage, cultures, values and customs, including all the diverse aspects of our long-standing traditions and everything else that makes us uniquely South African. This annual celebration of our heritage is an effective way of introducing the nation to the importance of learning, protecting, and […]

The Brand South Africa Play Your Part Awards 2021 have now opened entries in the Nation Pride award category

Every year in September, South Africa celebrates the diversity of its heritage, cultures, values and customs, including all the diverse aspects of our long-standing traditions and everything else that makes us uniquely South African. This annual celebration of our heritage is an effective way of introducing the nation to the importance of learning, protecting, and […]

Brand South Africa announces second winner in the Poverty Alleviation category as part of the ongoing Play Your Part Awards

Aurorah Kuilsriver Community Action Network (CAN) has been announced as the second winner of the ongoing Brand South Africa Play Your Part Awards in the Poverty Alleviation category. The focus of this category was to highlight poverty alleviation programmes that aim to reduce the rate of poverty in the country by providing proper access to food, […]

Brand South Africa announces second winner in the Poverty Alleviation category as part of the ongoing Play Your Part Awards

Aurorah Kuilsriver Community Action Network (CAN) has been announced as the second winner of the ongoing Brand South Africa Play Your Part Awards in the Poverty Alleviation category. The focus of this category was to highlight poverty alleviation programmes that aim to reduce the rate of poverty in the country by providing proper access to food, […]

Dr Sophie De Bruyn – ‘Leading through the head, heart and hands’

She led the Women’s March to the Union Buildings in 1956 and is the only surviving leader of the historical event. In 1999, Dr De Bruyn was awarded the Ida Mntwana Award in Silver. In 2001, she was the first to be awarded the Women’s Award for exceptional national service and in the same year […]

Shudufhadzo Musida – ‘On finding her true magic‘

“Empowering the mind of a girl child using education as the tool will help to build a society of empowered women who will pay it forward, break harmful cycles, and rebuild new and improved pathways to achieve holistic health and well-being.” These are the words of the reigning Miss South Africa 2020, Shudufhadzo Musida. An […]

Introducing South Africa’s New Green Queen

As spring begins to blossom and the sun begins to shine, Miss Earth South Africa, Nompumelelo Maduna, prepares for the green journey to the Philippines to represent South Africa at the International Miss Earth competition in December 2021. Miss Earth is an annual international environmental-themed beauty pageant competition, which promotes environmental awareness, conservation, and social responsibility. It is the third […]

Introducing South Africa’s New Green Queen

  As spring begins to blossom and the sun begins to shine, Miss Earth South Africa, Nompumelelo Maduna, prepares for the green journey to the Philippines to represent South Africa at the International Miss Earth competition in December 2021. Miss Earth is an annual international environmental-themed beauty pageant competition, which promotes environmental awareness, conservation, and social responsibility. It is the […]

South Africa’s Courageous Women of Substance

Every August 9th, South Africa commemorates a significant era in the country’s political journey, a historic day, 65 years ago, when 20 000 women  marched to the Union Buildings, in Pretoria to petition the apartheid government against pass laws that segregated and  limited the movement of black people in urban areas. The significance of that […]

South Africa’s Courageous Women of Substance

Every August 9th, South Africa commemorates a significant era in the country’s political journey, a historic day, 65 years ago, when 20 000 women  marched to the Union Buildings, in Pretoria to petition the apartheid government against pass laws that segregated and  limited the movement of black people in urban areas. The significance of that […]

President Cyril Ramaphosa elected as Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation for SADC

President Cyril Ramaphosa participated in the 41st Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held on the 17 – 18 August 2021, in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Summit’s theme was “Bolstering Productive Capacities in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic for Inclusive, Sustainable, Economic and Industrial Transformation” a […]

President Cyril Ramaphosa elected as Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation for SADC

President Cyril Ramaphosa participated in the 41st Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held on the 17 – 18 August 2021, in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Summit’s theme was “Bolstering Productive Capacities in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic for Inclusive, Sustainable, Economic and Industrial Transformation” a […]

Competition Commission South Africa wins award that recognises its efficiency in the world

The Competition Commission is one of three independent statutory bodies established in terms of the Competition Act, No 89 of 1998 by the Government of South Africa. It is empowered to investigate, control and evaluate restrictive business practices, abuse of dominant positions and mergers, in order to achieve equity and efficiency in the South African […]

Competition Commission South Africa wins award that recognises its efficiency in the world

The Competition Commission is one of three independent statutory bodies established in terms of the Competition Act, No 89 of 1998 by the Government of South Africa. It is empowered to investigate, control and evaluate restrictive business practices, abuse of dominant positions and mergers, in order to achieve equity and efficiency in the South African […]

MEDIA RELEASE: South Africa’s business leaders share insights from the 2021 BRICS Business Forum

[Johannesburg, August 26, 2021] Leading South African business executives recently shared their insights with the BRICS Business Forum hosted virtually by India. The purpose of the forum was to host discussions and expand relations in key areas of cooperation and develop joint recommendations for strengthening trade and economic relations within BRICS against the backdrop of […]

MEDIA RELEASE: South Africa’s business leaders share insights from the 2021 BRICS Business Forum

[Johannesburg, August 26, 2021] Leading South African business executives recently shared their insights with the BRICS Business Forum hosted virtually by India. The purpose of the forum was to host discussions and expand relations in key areas of cooperation and develop joint recommendations for strengthening trade and economic relations within BRICS against the backdrop of […]

A CONVERSATION FOR THE INCLUSION OF WOMEN ENTREPRENERS IN GLOBAL TRADE

A new women empowerment initiative was announced by the South African chapter of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Women’s Business Alliance, during a virtual session of the BRICS Business Forum hosted by India on Tuesday, 17 August 2021. The initiative was announced by the Chairperson of the local chapter, Lebogang Zulu, […]

A CONVERSATION FOR THE INCLUSION OF WOMEN ENTREPRENERS IN GLOBAL TRADE

A new women empowerment initiative was announced by the South African chapter of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Women’s Business Alliance, during a virtual session of the BRICS Business Forum hosted by India on Tuesday, 17 August 2021. The initiative was announced by the Chairperson of the local chapter, Lebogang Zulu, […]

SA CORPORATES PLAY THEIR PART IN ADMINISTERING MASS VACCINATIONS

The private sector in South Africa is still very committed to playing their part in ensuring citizens are vaccinated. Earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa met with key private sector CEO’s to work out solutions towards ending the destruction of life caused by COVID-19. Discovery Health, South Africa’s largest administrator of medical schemes and the leading […]

SA CORPORATES PLAY THEIR PART IN ADMINISTERING MASS VACCINATIONS

The private sector in South Africa is still very committed to playing their part in ensuring citizens are vaccinated. Earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa met with key private sector CEO’s to work out solutions towards ending the destruction of life caused by COVID-19. Discovery Health, South Africa’s largest administrator of medical schemes and the leading […]

SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING IN THE STEM INDUSTRY

As the country celebrates women delivering incredible achievements in their respective fields in August, this year also marks the year of celebrating Charlotte Maxeke, a black female science graduate who would have been 150 years old. With that said, it is therefore only befitting that light be shed on where South Africa stands in the […]

SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING IN THE STEM INDUSTRY

As the country celebrates women delivering incredible achievements in their respective fields in August, this year also marks the year of celebrating Charlotte Maxeke, a black female science graduate who would have been 150 years old. With that said, it is therefore only befitting that light be shed on where South Africa stands in the […]

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT-ELECT HICHILEMA OF REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the Government and people of SouthAfrica, offered his warm congratulations to President-Elect Hakainde Hichilema of theRepublic of Zambia. President Ramaphosa says the success of the recent Presidential election providesthe basis for continued stability and development in the Republic of Zambia and,through this, in the Southern African region. President […]

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT-ELECT HICHILEMA OF REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

  President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the Government and people of SouthAfrica, offered his warm congratulations to President-Elect Hakainde Hichilema of theRepublic of Zambia. President Ramaphosa says the success of the recent Presidential election providesthe basis for continued stability and development in the Republic of Zambia and,through this, in the Southern African region. […]

AN ODE TO SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN VISIONARIES, CHARTING UNFAMILIAR TERRITORIES AND CHANGING THE NARRATIVE

As women, you go beyond the ordinary, you have given birth to world leaders, warriors and nations! Every August in South Africa, we pay tribute to the women that paved the path for us in 1956. This month, Brand South Africa salutes our inspirational women from all walks of life, who have showcased and cemented […]

AN ODE TO SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN VISIONARIES, CHARTING UNFAMILIAR TERRITORIES AND CHANGING THE NARRATIVE

As women, you go beyond the ordinary, you have given birth to world leaders, warriors and nations! Every August in South Africa, we pay tribute to the women that paved the path for us in 1956. This month, Brand South Africa salutes our inspirational women from all walks of life, who have showcased and cemented […]

South Africa’s business leaders to position the country’s expertise at the BRICS Business Forum 2021

[Johannesburg, August 13, 2021] In a quest, to drive investment and improve confidence in the country’s economy, South Africa is showcasing a strong delegation of business leaders at the BRICS Business Forum hosted by India from 16 – 18 August 2021. This, amid the deepened economic crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Led […]

South Africa’s business leaders to position the country’s expertise at the BRICS Business Forum 2021

  [Johannesburg, August 13, 2021] In a quest, to drive investment and improve confidence in the country’s economy, South Africa is showcasing a strong delegation of business leaders at the BRICS Business Forum hosted by India from 16 – 18 August 2021. This, amid the deepened economic crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

FEMALE DRIVERS TO MOVE THE E-HAILING INDUSTRY

South Africa celebrates Women’s Month every year in August. A month that pays tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. This year’s commemoration was held under the theme: “The year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: […]

FEMALE DRIVERS TO MOVE THE E-HAILING INDUSTRY

South Africa celebrates Women’s Month every year in August. A month that pays tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. This year’s commemoration was held under the theme: “The year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: […]

South Africa to send 100 firefighters to assist in firefighting efforts in Canada

South Africa has sent off 100 firefighters to assist in firefighting efforts in the province of Manitoba in Canada. The request for assistance came from the Canadian Inter-agency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) which has, in terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Canada and South Africa, asked for firefighting assistance from Working on Fire […]

South Africa to send 100 firefighters to assist in firefighting efforts in Canada

South Africa has sent off 100 firefighters to assist in firefighting efforts in the province of Manitoba in Canada. The request for assistance came from the Canadian Inter-agency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) which has, in terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Canada and South Africa, asked for firefighting assistance from Working on Fire […]

Play Your Part Ambassador, Azael Langa celebrates Women in Art

This Women’s Month, Play Your Part Ambassador and fine artist, Azael Langa celebrates women in art with a powerfully curated art exhibition at his studio in the heart of Johannesburg. This is in collaboration with fellow artist Khehla Chepape Makgato, to bring an innovative concept to life, where the pair will share space with three […]

Play Your Part Ambassador, Azael Langa celebrates Women in Art

This Women’s Month, Play Your Part Ambassador and fine artist, Azael Langa celebrates women in art with a powerfully curated art exhibition at his studio in the heart of Johannesburg. This is in collaboration with fellow artist Khehla Chepape Makgato, to bring an innovative concept to life, where the pair will share space with three […]

THE SPIRIT OF NELSON MANDELA IS CRITICAL FOR THE RECOVERY OF SOUTH AFRICA

The month of July is quite special on the South African calendar. Not only is it a month that celebrates service leaders in society, but it also marks the birth month of a global icon and leader, the late Nelson Mandela who would have turned 103 years old. To honour his legacy, Brand South Africa […]

THE SPIRIT OF NELSON MANDELA IS CRITICAL FOR THE RECOVERY OF SOUTH AFRICA

The month of July is quite special on the South African calendar. Not only is it a month that celebrates service leaders in society, but it also marks the birth month of a global icon and leader, the late Nelson Mandela who would have turned 103 years old. To honour his legacy, Brand South Africa […]

TUGELA FALLS STAND TALL IN THE CLOUDS

The site of a beautiful waterfall during a hike will never get old and anyone who says otherwise is telling a fib. These picturesque landmarks are a reminder of the pure strength and attractiveness of Mother Nature. They are a vital part of a peaceful environment for practicing stillness for some, while for others they […]

TUGELA FALLS STAND TALL IN THE CLOUDS

The site of a beautiful waterfall during a hike will never get old and anyone who says otherwise is telling a fib. These picturesque landmarks are a reminder of the pure strength and attractiveness of Mother Nature. They are a vital part of a peaceful environment for practicing stillness for some, while for others they […]

Announcement on National Executive

Fellow South Africans, This evening, I am announcing certain changes to the National Executive. This comes at a time when the country is facing several challenges and we are called upon to undertake several tasks at once. Firstly, we are working to accelerate our vaccination programme to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Secondly, we are working […]

Announcement on National Executive

Fellow South Africans, This evening, I am announcing certain changes to the National Executive. This comes at a time when the country is facing several challenges and we are called upon to undertake several tasks at once. Firstly, we are working to accelerate our vaccination programme to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Secondly, we are working […]

Play Your Part Ambassadors Show Up for SA Amid Unrest

  Two weeks ago, South Africa experienced one of the greatest periods of socioeconomic unrest in its democratic lifespan. The violent demonstrations displayed cut across all sectors and demographics, leaving very few businesses, families or individuals unaffected, sadly at the cost of 337 lives. For a very brief moment, South Africans were left disheartened and […]

Play Your Part Ambassadors Show Up for SA Amid Unrest

  Two weeks ago, South Africa experienced one of the greatest periods of socioeconomic unrest in its democratic lifespan. The violent demonstrations displayed cut across all sectors and demographics, leaving very few businesses, families or individuals unaffected, sadly at the cost of 337 lives. For a very brief moment, South Africans were left disheartened and […]

SOUTH AFRICA – A COUNTRY OF RESILIENCE

It is almost over a week since Gauteng and the KwaZulu-Natal provinces faced devastating social unrest that affected the country image and reputation. This at the back of a country still battling a pandemic and trying to revive its economy. This week saw the tide turning as South Africans did what they know best, joined […]

SOUTH AFRICA – A COUNTRY OF RESILIENCE

It is almost over a week since Gauteng and the KwaZulu-Natal provinces faced devastating social unrest that affected the country image and reputation. This at the back of a country still battling a pandemic and trying to revive its economy. This week saw the tide turning as South Africans did what they know best, joined […]

LET US RAISE A GLASS TO A SOUTH AFRICAN WINE FARM

According to the South African Wine Industry Information Systems (SAWIS), South Africa’s wine industry is a key economic driver of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. In actual fact, its expanding contribution per annum amounts to 36 billion rands, and employs about 300 000 people both directly and indirectly. Historically the country’s wine industry has advanced […]

LET US RAISE A GLASS TO A SOUTH AFRICAN WINE FARM

According to the South African Wine Industry Information Systems (SAWIS), South Africa’s wine industry is a key economic driver of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. In actual fact, its expanding contribution per annum amounts to 36 billion rands, and employs about 300 000 people both directly and indirectly. Historically the country’s wine industry has advanced […]

EVEN IN CHAOS SOUTH AFRICANS STILL SHOW THEIR IDENTITY: A TRUE SENSE OF UBUNTU

  The past week has been critical and intense for South Africa, yet despite the display of demonstrations, citizens of the country have shown a sense of togetherness and taking a stand in protecting what belongs to them. During this time a number of individuals have risen up with the intent to unite in protecting […]

EVEN IN CHAOS SOUTH AFRICANS STILL SHOW THEIR IDENTITY: A TRUE SENSE OF UBUNTU

  The past week has been critical and intense for South Africa, yet despite the display of demonstrations, citizens of the country have shown a sense of togetherness and taking a stand in protecting what belongs to them. During this time a number of individuals have risen up with the intent to unite in protecting […]

South African Government and Business Leaders: Joint Statement

On Thursday, 15 July, Government Ministers representing the Presidency and Departments of Public Enterprises, Trade, Industry and Competition, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Small Business Development, Justice and Correctional Services, and Tourism met with 34 CEOs of South Africa’s largest companies and multinationals to discuss the crisis of sabotage, lawlessness and looting in KwaZulu-Natal […]

South African Government and Business Leaders: Joint Statement

On Thursday, 15 July, Government Ministers representing the Presidency and Departments of Public Enterprises, Trade, Industry and Competition, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Small Business Development, Justice and Correctional Services, and Tourism met with 34 CEOs of South Africa’s largest companies and multinationals to discuss the crisis of sabotage, lawlessness and looting in KwaZulu-Natal […]

South African Government and Business Leaders: Joint Statement

On Thursday, 15 July, Government Ministers representing the Presidency and Departments of Public Enterprises, Trade, Industry and Competition, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Small Business Development, Justice and Correctional Services, and Tourism met with 34 CEOs of South Africa’s largest companies and multinationals to discuss the crisis of sabotage, lawlessness and looting in KwaZulu-Natal […]

South African Government and Business Leaders: Joint Statement

On Thursday, 15 July, Government Ministers representing the Presidency and Departments of Public Enterprises, Trade, Industry and Competition, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Small Business Development, Justice and Correctional Services, and Tourism met with 34 CEOs of South Africa’s largest companies and multinationals to discuss the crisis of sabotage, lawlessness and looting in KwaZulu-Natal […]

Brand SA calls on citizens to play their part in restoring peace and unity in South Africa

[Johannesburg, South Africa, July 13, 2021]. Brand South Africa calls on South Africans to play their part in protecting our country in line with our constitutional values. The violent demonstrations that are ravaging our communities cannot continue. They have culminated into criminal acts leading to the loss of lives and livelihood. Property is being destroyed. […]

Brand SA calls on citizens to play their part in restoring peace and unity in South Africa

[Johannesburg, South Africa, July 13, 2021]. Brand South Africa calls on South Africans to play their part in protecting our country in line with our constitutional values. The violent demonstrations that are ravaging our communities cannot continue. They have culminated into criminal acts leading to the loss of lives and livelihood. Property is being destroyed. […]

When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go Digital

By Roxanne Francis One of the saddest ironies of the last fifteen months is seeing the industries that have for decades elevated the Nation Brand and kept South African Pop Culture alive, being the hardest hit as a result of the global pandemic. In the same way that the live industry has suffered, a few […]

When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go Digital

By Roxanne Francis One of the saddest ironies of the last fifteen months is seeing the industries that have for decades elevated the Nation Brand and kept South African Pop Culture alive, being the hardest hit as a result of the global pandemic. In the same way that the live industry has suffered, a few […]

An ex-accountant building an African empire one sneaker at a time

We all have dreams and aspirations of implementing a ground-breaking commercial idea that could turn us into the next billionaire designer but for Theo Baloyi, his sneaker idea has demonstrated a  perfect step in the right direction to that success. Mzansi’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019, Top Empowered Young Achiever of the Year 2020, […]

An ex-accountant building an African empire one sneaker at a time

We all have dreams and aspirations of implementing a ground-breaking commercial idea that could turn us into the next billionaire designer but for Theo Baloyi, his sneaker idea has demonstrated a  perfect step in the right direction to that success. Mzansi’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019, Top Empowered Young Achiever of the Year 2020, […]

SOUTH AFRICA’S BUSINESSWOMEN LEADING IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS THE WORLD

What do you want to be when you grow up? A typical question asked to many young people when starting a conversation. This time the question was addressed to my 14-year-old girl cousin. Her response; “I want to be a businesswoman! I want to own a hospital! Be an inspiration to young girls just like […]

SOUTH AFRICA’S BUSINESSWOMEN LEADING IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS THE WORLD

What do you want to be when you grow up? A typical question asked to many young people when starting a conversation. This time the question was addressed to my 14-year-old girl cousin. Her response; “I want to be a businesswoman! I want to own a hospital! Be an inspiration to young girls just like […]

BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT TEAM UP TO REPOSITION SOUTH AFRICA POST-COVID-19

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is currently ranked in the top 20 largest stock exchanges in the world by market capitalisation, and is the largest stock exchange in Africa. Recently the JSE hosted a two-day SA Tomorrow Investor Conference, its flagship multinational roadshow that partners with stakeholders in the financial services industry. SA Tomorrow is aimed at […]

BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT TEAM UP TO REPOSITION SOUTH AFRICA POST-COVID-19

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) is currently ranked in the top 20 largest stock exchanges in the world by market capitalisation, and is the largest stock exchange in Africa. Recently the JSE hosted a two-day SA Tomorrow Investor Conference, its flagship multinational roadshow that partners with stakeholders in the financial services industry. SA Tomorrow is aimed at […]

Ensuring inclusivity and welfare for youth with disabilities

The South African Constitution is celebrated as one of the best in the world, set upon the values of human dignity, the achievement of equality and inclusivity as well as the advancement of human rights and freedom for all of its citizens, including persons with disabilities.   A big challenge that people with disabilities encounter is […]

Ensuring inclusivity and welfare for youth with disabilities

The South African Constitution is celebrated as one of the best in the world, set upon the values of human dignity, the achievement of equality and inclusivity as well as the advancement of human rights and freedom for all of its citizens, including persons with disabilities.   A big challenge that people with disabilities encounter is […]

Brand South Africa kicks off decade celebration with Play Your Part Awards 2021 announcement

Johannesburg| 23 June 2021- It is official! Brand South Africa’s flagship programme, Play Your Part, turns ten this year. The nationwide social movement that was created to inspire, empower, and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa is celebrating this momentous milestone with the launch of an initiative that seeks to recognise and acknowledge South Africans […]

Brand South Africa kicks off decade celebration with Play Your Part Awards 2021 announcement

Johannesburg| 23 June 2021- It is official! Brand South Africa’s flagship programme, Play Your Part, turns ten this year. The nationwide social movement that was created to inspire, empower, and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa is celebrating this momentous milestone with the launch of an initiative that seeks to recognise and acknowledge South Africans […]

Updated Statement on the Soweto Youth Golf Day in commemoration of Youth Day

JOHANNESBURG, 18 June 2021 – The much-anticipated #SowetoYouthGolfDay could unfortunately not take place as scheduled on 16 June 2021. This is due to protest action and road closures in various parts of Soweto on Youth Day. Fortunately, Thato (TT) Mbha, a Soweto-born entrepreneur and philanthropist, has not given up on his quest to create employment […]

Updated Statement on the Soweto Youth Golf Day in commemoration of Youth Day

JOHANNESBURG, 18 June 2021 – The much-anticipated #SowetoYouthGolfDay could unfortunately not take place as scheduled on 16 June 2021. This is due to protest action and road closures in various parts of Soweto on Youth Day. Fortunately, Thato (TT) Mbha, a Soweto-born entrepreneur and philanthropist, has not given up on his quest to create employment […]