Tata Consultancy expands in SA

first_img31 October 2007Global information technology (IT) services provider and outsourcing company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has in partnership with an empowerment partner launched a local subsidiary, TCS South Africa, to strengthen and expand its operations in the country.“We see South Africa as a key strategic market for TCS and also as a gateway to southern and central Africa,” TCS chief executive and managing director Subramaniam Ramadorai said in a statement last week.“Through our own subsidiary, we will be well-placed to contribute to the economic growth of the country and its businesses by bringing in global best practices and world-class technology solutions.”TCS is part of the US$29-billion Tata Group, which already has extensive operations in South Africa through subsidiaries like Tata Motors, Tata Steel and VSNL, which is the largest single shareholder in South Africa’s second landline operator, Neotel.Ramadorai said the new model would help the company make a greater contribution to the South African economy by investing in the skills of its IT professionals by providing world-class training, and also bringing global best practices to help increase the competitiveness of South African businesses.Opening a subsidiary is also in line with TCS’s global strategy to have a direct presence in the countries in which it operates.The statement adds that TCS South Africa will have equity participation from local black economic empowerment groups to ensure a high level of social governance and localisation of services and skills.“To help its customers in South Africa, TCS has already created a near-shore delivery capability in Johannesburg, from where we are providing support services for our financial services products implemented in South Africa,” TCS chief operating officer N Chandrasekaran said.“The South African operations will emerge as a hub to serve customers in the southern and central parts of Africa.”TCS already does business in South Africa, with the government as well as with leading companies in the banking and financial services, manufacturing, energy, telecommunications and retail sectors.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mining must be agent of change: Cutifani

first_imgAfrica is home to 40% of the world’s natural resources, which must be nurtured to realize their long-term potential.Africa, with its fast growing population, has the “best age demographic” for growth. Its estimated 1-billion people is forecast to double by 2025, granting it the world’s youngest working population.Seven of the world’s fastest growing economies are Africa. Sierra Leone’s growth rate is at 45%, driven largely by the development of infrastructure to support its iron-ore industry. The government, Cutifani said, had leveraged its success in one industry to grow others.Africa’s labour costs are currently very low. There will be a “transitional process” as technological innovations and strong leadership improve productivity, supporting the increase in wages. 8 February 2013 Visits to Guinea in his role as head of AngloGold Ashanti brought home to Mark Cutifani the fact that something dramatic had to shift within the mining industry if it was to survive. There is something “just not right” about the fact that 1% of the population live with the consequences of mining, while the rest of us benefit, Cutifani told delegates in a keynote address ahead of a session on sustainable development at the Invest in Africa Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Thursday. “The things we do [as the mining industry] are so important to global society, but the communities where we do business get the rough end of the stick.”Starting point ‘the communities themselves’ The Anglo American CEO-designate said a “180-degree shift” was necessary to address this disconnect. The starting point should be the communities themselves: “It is critical to understand how to really engage with communities. We must listen to what communities want to be, not tell them who to be.” The son of an Italian father and a mother of Irish descent, Cutifani grew up in an industrial seaside town south of Sydney in Australia where, he said, he experienced the effects of mining on the community first hand, including the dust and pollution thrown up by trucks on single-lane dirt roads and the coal mines’ cooling towers. As an engineering student, Cutifani worked in a local colliery, going on to work at a number of Australian companies before moving overseas. He will be the first executive to head up Anglo American that has hands-on experience as a miner. He takes over the top job in April. He said mining companies had a responsibility to be agents of change: “We can change the lives of communities forever. We can go from being an extractive industry to a development industry.” Cutifani reminded his audience of the crucial role mining plays in the lives of countries, economies – and in our daily lives. Mining contributes 11.5% of global gross domestic product (GDP), with the value of services consumed a further 10%. And, if one considered the value of products and services facilitated by mining, the industry supported and drove around 45% of the world’s GDP. Mining, Cutifani argued, is “integral to everything we do … it is the most important industrial activity on the planet”. The key issue for Cutifani is to take responsibility for the impact mining has on local communities – a responsibility that should not be left solely with government.‘Difficult conversations’ between all parties Cutifani said he had recently joined other mining industry heavyweights to visit the Vatican in an attempt to learn how to best engage with communities. (Many of the NGOs working in Africa are funded by the Catholic Church.) The meeting proved fruitful and Cutifani seems to have returned to Africa with a determination to deliver a new vision for the industry. Describing 2013 as the year when a new future for the mining industry would be defined, Cutifani said it was through consultation and “difficult conversations” between all parties – industry, government and communities – that would bring about change. “We have to make changes to transform the countries we work in.” Co-operation with governments was also key, he said. Appropriate macroeconomic policies, transparent regulation and security of tenure should be givens to support development and growth. “I am a believer in South Africa. I am an optimist on South Africa – I never miss an opportunity to promote the country,” Cutifani confessed. ‘Why I believe in South Africa and Africa’ He said he had good reason to be so positive about South Africa in particular, and Africa in general: Cutifani said South Africa had consistently defied the critics. The economy has grown at a compounding growth rate of 3.2% – which was only 0.2% less than that of Australia’s, whose resource-based economy often drew praise. It is time that South Africa was recognised for its achievements as a “teenage democracy” instead of being crucified for its challenges. For example, Cutifani said, in the past 19 years, South Africa had “built more low-cost housing than any other country than any other place on the planet”. South Africa could meet its challenges once government and the private sector stopped talking past each other. “Consultation is necessary and, of course, we can all do much better,” he said. There were many capital advantages for the industry, but it was important to take advantage of circumstances to improve the life of all: “The job of those who have stewardship of capital is to support society.” The impact mining has on communities should be positive. “We have changed more in the past five years than in the past 50 years. The next five years will be critical,” he said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SONA: Red carpet looks

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma delivered his State of the Nation address last night, but it wasn’t just his speech that caught people’s attention. Take a look at some of the red carpet looks of the night.President Jacob Zuma and Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Baleka Mbete arrive at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address . (Photo: GCIS)Nkosi Mandla Madela and wife Nosekeni Rabia Mandela arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISChief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng arriving at Parliament during the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town.09/02/2017 GCISDarly, Rachel and their son Oliva Tambo arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISThoko Mkhonazi-Xaluva arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISThandiwe Kenye and daughter Nonhle Bavuma arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISDumisani and wife Nomathemba XImbi arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISBongekile Sineke and Dikeledi Mahlangu arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISGrace Tseke and Thapelo Chiloane arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISSbusiso Radebe and Dudu Manana arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISDanisa Baloyi arriving at the red carpet on Plein Street outside Parliament ahead of 2017 State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. 09/02/2017 GCISDeputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Kebby Maphatsoe arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des Van Rooyen arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bheki Cele and his wife, arrive at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Deputy Minister Obed Bapela arrives at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Nagaland can reject Citizenship Bill, says BJP ally

first_imgThe Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), a coalition partner of the BJP in Nagaland, said the State had the constitutional provision to reject the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.Nagaland, along with other northeastern States, has witnessed several protests following the passage of the Bill in the Lok Sabha. The NDPP-BJP government, headed by Neiphiu Rio, has been under pressure from tribal groups to oppose the Bill.Article 371 (A)Referring to Article 371(A) of the Constitution, the NDPP in a statement on Thursday said, “The said article begins with the words “notwithstanding anything in this Constitution, no Act of Parliament in respect of…”, which itself means that despite what is in the Constitution, no Act of Parliament shall apply to the State of Nagaland unless the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland by a resolution so decides.”Nagaland is also protected by the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873, whereby an Inner Line Permit is issued to outsiders for safeguarding the citizenship, rights and privileges of the Nagas, the statement said.Despite such safeguards, the NDPP said the Centre should exempt Nagaland from the purview of Citizenship Bill when it is moved for approval in the Rajya Sabha. The Opposition Naga People’s Front condemned the NDPP “clarification”.last_img read more

Arsenal, United complete swap deal for Sanchez, Mkhitaryan

first_imgFILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 file photo, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park stadium in London. Alexis Sanchez is close to joining Manchester United in what is set to be a rare swap deal among two of England’s top teams that will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal. Both players were pictured by British newspapers Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 entering an office in Liverpool to update their work permits. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)MANCHESTER, England — Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United on Monday in a rare swap deal among two of England’s top teams that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal.“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world,” said Sanchez, a former Barcelona player who had an opportunity to join United’s neighbor and fierce Premier League rival, Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mkhitaryan has been a marginal figure at United in recent months, with Jesse Lingard starting ahead of him behind Lukaku. He has five goals in 39 league appearances for United, rarely completing 90 minutes.The 29-year-old Mkhitaryan has previously said his favorite team was Arsenal and his impressive technique, allied with Wenger’s naturally attacking philosophy, should make him a good fit at the London club.“He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he’s very committed as well,” Wenger said. “I must say he’s a player who has all the attributes.”Sanchez’s debut for United could come on Friday, in the FA Cup fourth-round match at fourth-tier Yeovil.Mkhitaryan is cup-tied in that competition, so could make his debut against Swansea next week. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Beating City to the Chile forward will make his arrival all the more sweet for United fans and Mourinho.“Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world,” Mourinho said. “He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player, and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige.”City came close to signing Sanchez in August and looked to be the favorite to get him this month, only to end its interest in the forward following a rival bid from United. The Premier League leader said Sanchez and his agent increased their financial demands and that it didn’t want to destabilize the team by bringing in a player who would be its highest earner.City, the league leader by 12 points, didn’t particularly need Sanchez, who had entered the final six months of his contract at Arsenal. That wasn’t necessarily the case for United.Sanchez will add some dynamism and unpredictability to a front line that already includes Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Mourinho tried unsuccessfully to sign a winger in the last offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “The chance to play in this historic stadium (Old Trafford) and to work with (United manager) Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down.”The transfers of the 29-year-old players were announced simultaneously, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying Mkhitaryan was a “very complete player.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a dream come true,” Mkhitaryan said, “because I’ve always dreamed of playing for Arsenal.”No financial details were disclosed, but United said Mkhitaryan was joining as “part of the deal” to bring Sanchez to Old Trafford. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in July 2014 for about 30 million pounds, choosing a move to London amid interest from Liverpool.He was the top scorer in two of his three completed seasons at Emirates Stadium and helped Arsenal win the FA Cup in 2015 and ’17, quickly becoming a favorite with the fans. However, with Sanchez happy to run down his contract, Wenger accepted the need to sell his star player.Wenger rejected the theory that Sanchez was disrupting the harmony in the Arsenal team in his final months there.“He’s a very professional player who has been committed until the last minute,” Wenger said. “In training, he was practicing with full power, so I never questioned that. I never had any doubts about that.”Before Arsenal, Sanchez scored 39 goals in his three seasons at Barcelona after joining from Italian club Udinese.Mkhitaryan was substituted at halftime of his first league start for United, setting the tone for what has turned out to be a disappointing spell after arriving in English soccer for $33.5 million and with a big reputation in 2016.Mkhitaryan moved to United from Borussia Dortmund, where he was the German league player of the year, but struggled to secure a regular place in the team under Mourinho except in the first few months of this season.The Armenia international scored 23 goals and set up 32 more in his last season at Dortmund but failed to reproduce anything close to those numbers at United.With injuries affecting Mkhitaryan in his early months at United, Mourinho said the player needed time to adjust to the physicality and intensity of the Premier League.He finished last season by scoring an acrobatic goal in United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm and began this season well, too, setting up five goals in his first three games. 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