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CEOs Know Campaign: The Johannesburg Stock ExchangeTsabeng Nthite – Inspired by the need to build a positive reputation for South Africa, Brand South Africa – through its digital campaign themed ‘CEOs Know’ this week interviewed Ms Nicki Newton-King, the CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) who shared her thoughts on why the JSE leads by example.“We are really proud of the way the JSE leads by example, we have world class financial markets in a developing economy – something that takes many of our international clients by quite considerable surprise. The JSE is also one of the world’s top 20 equity markets, one of the world’s top 10 derivatives markets, and one of the world’s top 5 bond markets.”The CEOs Know campaign is in collaboration with Business Leadership South Africa and aims to position South Africa as in ideal investment destination. The CEOs Know Campaign features various CEO’s from multinational corporations based in South Africa, who share insights behind their continued investment into South Africa.The JSE continues to dominate the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region, representing 38% of all listed companies and 83% of total market capitalisation in the region in 2012. In fact, 68 of sub-Saharan Africa’s 100 largest companies in terms of market capitalisation are listed on the JSE, including the five largest companies in Africa. In addition to being the most advanced stock exchange in the region, the JSE is also among the global top 20 of exchanges in market capitalisation and turnover. With a market capitalisation of 159% of GDP in 2012, South Africa also has one of the largest equity markets in the world, relative to the size of its economy.Touching on the recent transition in political leadership which led to Cyril Ramaphosa being elected as President of the Republic – Newton-King says that this change has brought about a sense of renewed hope – not only for South Africans, but also for foreign investors.“When foreign investors have come to talk to us recently – they started out with the question ‘is the political change for real’ and what we are able to confidently tell them is that this change has imbued our people with a real sense of home and optimism. They ask us about the Rule of Law, and whether or not we all respect their rights and of course we proudly say that we have one of the world’s most respected Constitutions and one of the most respected judiciary – and these are enormously positive things to say about our country.“This country is the most extraordinary place to live in, there is a beat that you wake up to every single day. I am inspired by the diversity that we have as a competitive advantage in this country,” concluded Newton-King.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
In a bid to push for a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has said that it planned to enroll 25,000 fresh Bajrang Dal “sainiks” as volunteers and also impart training in tridents to some of them.The new recruits would be imparted with “trishul deeksha,” the VHP said, but did not clarify if tridents would also be distributed to the Bajrang Dal members.Bajranj Dal was the youth wing of the VHP.The right-wing outfit had planned a “dharma sabha” in Ayodhya on November 25 and said representatives of various Hindu groups across the country would attend. A gathering would be held in Delhi on December 9, three days after the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition.”There is anger among Hindus due to the adjournment of the case,” said VHP vice-president Champat Rai, adding that the wait for a temple had now become “unbearable.”The VHP had threatened direct action. “If necessary, Bajrang Dal’s dedicated workers can march to Ayodhya any time for the construction of the temple on the instructions of the seers,” said Bholendra, VHP Awadh organisation secretary in a statement.Mr. Bholendra justified that the weapons training to Bajrang Dal recruits, saying it was part of “Indian tradition,” and such programmes were held to safeguard Hindu religion and culture.The VHP’s meeting in Ayodhya cames at a time when Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was scheduled to visit Ayodhya on November 24 for two days.The events had alarmed Babri litigant Iqbal Ansari, who said the Muslims in Ayodhya felt insecure due to the heavy presence of Hindu outfits aggressively campaigning for a temple.”In 1992, too, the crowds gathered in a similar fashion. Mosques were destroyed, homes set on fire. What guarantee is there that something won’t happen if crowds gather again,” Mr. Ansari asked.He had threatened to leave Ayodhya if the security of the place was not increased before the VHP meet.
Thank you for your feedback. Share on Messenger Show Was this helpful? Share on Twitter Quick guide Horse racing tips for Monday 16 April Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share via Email Davy Russell bounces back from O’Leary sacking to win Grand National Grand National 2018 Share on LinkedIn features There is, of course, an element of risk attached to any horse race and it is inevitable that a horse will suffer a fatal injury in the National eventually. But we are now at a point where the effect of the changes to the fences before the 2013 renewal is becoming increasingly clear.The new fences look like the old ones and the race itself looks little different, while the number of finishers has risen slightly over the past six runnings compared with the six years from 2007, from 38% to 43%. This in itself is good news, as more punters are getting more of a run for their money.But the most significant difference, as might be expected since the fences are now more forgiving, is in the number of fallers. Proper statisticians may flinch at this point, because half a dozen years is not, admittedly, an extended sample, but the effect does seem obvious and unmistakable. Between 2007 and 2012 there were 57 fallers in the National from 240 starters. Since the changes to the fences there have been 32 from 236.Fewer fallers, inevitably, also means fewer horses being brought down in their wake. The ratio of falls to riders being unseated, meanwhile, has shifted from 1.4:1 to, in effect, 1:1 because the number of unseats is virtually unchanged. It appears that mistakes that were once bad enough to cause a fall are now more likely to unship the jockey, while lesser errors that might have been 50-50 to unseat in the past are more likely to leave the rider sitting tight and going on to complete, or pull up when their chance has gone.In other words the redesigned fences – which received unqualified approval when they were unveiled six years ago – have worked precisely as the organisers intended and reduced the rate of fatal injuries in the National much closer to the rate of just below 0.4% of starters in the rest of National Hunt racing. Since you’re here… Hide … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Share on WhatsApp The sunshine at Aintree on Saturday also added to the generally positive mood around the big race, especially after a damp and chilly Ladies’ Day on Friday. It was not, perhaps, welcomed quite so warmly by ITV’s senior executives, however, as sunny weather was cited as a reason for a slump in the National’s audience figure last year, the first since it grabbed a monopoly on terrestrial racing coverage from Channel 4.The theory is that on one of the first spring-like Saturdays of the year, many potential viewers preferred to be outside with their families rather than stuck in front of the TV. It seemed to be borne out last year by a big drop in the total audience on Saturday afternoon, of which the National took a peak share of 62%.The peak viewing of 8.5m for this year’s race was a 3.6% increase on last year’s peak of 8.2m, although the peak share of total viewers while the National was being run was down slightly, at 60%. It was still well short of the 10m viewers for the last National on Channel 4 in 2016, however, and even further adrift of the 12m peak that John Baker, Aintree’s managing director, suggested would be “at the low end of expectations” when the contract was signed.Last year’s ITV coverage is up for a Bafta next month and this year’s also seemed to be well received. Both racing and ITV will hope earnestly for a spike in the figures next year, however, before negotiations start in earnest on a possible extension to the £30m contract. The news on Sunday morning that Saint Are, now a veteran of five Grand Nationals, was well enough to return to Tom George’s stable after Saturday’s race at Aintree capped another great weekend for the sport’s most high-profile event.For the sixth year running since the old wooden cores in the fences were replaced by more forgiving plastic, every horse returned to its yard afterwards and, where the last National on heavy ground was a grim, attritional spectacle, the race this year produced a close finish and a popular winner in Tiger Roll.“He had a good, comfortable night,” George said of Saint Are on Sunday morning. “They looked after him well at Aintree. His lad stayed up with him and the vets checked him every few hours. He’s eaten his breakfast and he’s ready to come home. He walked out brighter this morning, I just think he was a bit shaken [when brought down at The Chair]. He’s feeling good about it and we’re looking forward to getting him home.” Horse racing tips Aintree Grand National meeting 2018 – in pictures Aintree Horse racing Support The Guardian Read more Windsor 2.20 Maygold 2.50 Blown By Wind 3.20 Sevenna Star 3.50 Bombero (nb) 4.20 Mobsta (nap) 4.50 Lady Alavesa 5.25 Bakht A RawanKelso 2.10 Delire D’Estruval 2.40 Geronimo 3.10 Tikkandemickey 3.40 Buffalo Ballet 4.10 Las Tunas 4.40 Whisperdale 5.10 Lastin’ MemoriesTips by Greg Wood. View gallery Grand National