Alan Judge returns to the Brentford line-up as they take on Nottingham Forest.He replaces the injured Marco Djuricin, with Lasse Vibe playing up front on his own.Chelsea loanee John Swift starts while Toumani Diagouraga makes his 200th league appearance of his career.Nottingham Forest show one change from the win over Derby, with Liam Trotter coming in at the expense of Jonathan Williams, who drops to the bench.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; McCormack, Diagouraga; Swift, Woods, Judge; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, O’Connell, Kerschbaumer, Saunders, Gogia, Canos, Hofmann.Nottingham Forest: De Vries; Lichaj, Mills, Hobbs, Pinillos; Trotter, Vaughan; Ward, Lansbury, Mendes; Oliveira.Subs: Evtimov, Mancienne, Wilson, Williams, Osborn, Walker, Blackstock.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Sulaiman PhilipAs a cadet officer at the Gordon’s Bay Naval Academy Dr Michael Jordaan, outgoing chief executive officer (CEO) at First National Bank (FNB) was trained in the art of pouring the perfect glass of port. He was also trained to time his departure from a party perfectly. A useful skill as it turns out for the 2013 Sunday Times Business Leader award winner.Jordaan walks away from a bank that, under his leadership, has been crowned the most innovative bank globally, a pacesetter for using mobile technology in banking. He has also helped grow it into the second-largest retail bank in the country and the largest supplier of mobile devices – smartphone and tablets – in South Africa.Tech-savvy Jordaan is not leaving FNB for a sedentary life on his Stellenbosch wine farm. He has accepted a non-executive position at South African social network and messaging service Mxit. He believes home-grown success stories like Mxit can show the way toward building a more diverse and stronger South African economy. Loathe to handpick industries that will grow in the future he argues, “The market will be the ultimate arbiter of how our economy will grow and diversify, but the kids growing up with companies like Mxit are comfortable with the devices and programming that will drive growth.” Celebrate business achievements Jordaan believes that government, with the assistance of business, needs to build the launch pad to improve South African competitiveness, especially in Africa. South African businesses are world class, as reflected by the recent World Economic Forum’s competitiveness report, and have the potential, he says, to lead Africa into an era of self-sufficiency. This is why he is a cheerleader for the country wherever he goes.“For investors the risk-reward trade-off is good, governance is excellent and we have world-class skills in many industries. However we need to improve our education system to retain our place as the leading economy on the continent. Like every South African I love sport but there are times I wish we got as passionately excited about education as we do about sport.”With more than 36 000 Twitter followers, Jordaan is comfortable sharing his opinion on a variety of subjects without the filter of a corporate communications team. Among his more contentious opinions is that Black Economic Empowerment needs to be amended and refreshed.“Broad-based transformation and skills transfer has been a huge success but personally I am not a fan of those structures that benefitted a few well-connected individuals.”“South Africa is in the unique position of having both high unemployment as well as a critical shortage of key skills so going forward I would like to see greater emphasis on job creation as a category of transformation.”Jordaan served part of his banking apprenticeship under Paul Harris at Rand Merchant Bank where his role model tasked him with establishing an internet-based commercial bank. Without the infrastructure to make it viable the idea evolved into RMB Private Bank. Under Harris’s tutelage Jordaan learnt two valuable lessons; role models are important and business matters.“We need to celebrate business achievement and accept that it can be a huge force for good. Business leaders need to give back by sharing insights and lessons, especially with entrepreneurs because small business is the driver of economic growth.”His advice for entrepreneurs is to find a role model. They are, he says, the best tool for someone starting a business. They are a resource whose ability to help is built on experience. Business success however is built on passion.“Be obsessive about your product or service. Don’t do it for the money. Surround yourself with great people and shower them with credit when they achieve. Leave your ego at home or better yet lose it altogether.” Entrepreneurship and innovation breed success FNB’s CEO describes himself as entrepreneurial at heart, and like all entrepreneurs his mind-set is: find a solution rather than fixating on the problem. This ethos has allowed FNB, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, to develop a model that allows a new business to open a bank account and complete the business registration within 24 hours as part of the same process. “Regulations are a way of life and many are well intended but I feel passionately that we should streamline the start-up process as much as possible. Small business can be the engine of growth but we need to remove obstacles, not set up hurdles.”Innovation is at the heart of Jordaan’s success but it’s his management style that has allowed FNB staff to think beyond what is possible. Since 2004 the bank has run the FNB Innovators Programme to encourage lateral thinking. Accepting the BAI – Finacle award in 2012, Jordaan revealed that 8 166 innovative ideas were born as a result of the programme.“The trick in life is to surround yourself with people who are better than you, agree the goal, then get out of their way. People are inherently good and want to achieve. Nine times out of ten they will surprise you with great outcomes as well as new ways of doing things.”Jordaan finds it easier to not micromanage staff, believing that people who are allowed to find solutions without a manager looking over their shoulder helps build a stronger organisation. Interference, as he calls it, does not allow companies to use its employees’ skills.“Mediocre people like being told what to do and exactly how to do it; great people want to work in an empowered environment.” As Jordaan steps away from his high-profile role toward new challenges he feels assured that he will find success. And if he does not, he believes there are lessons to be learnt in failure as well. A lack of success is just a different way of learning a lesson, he has explained in interviews.Jordaan, who took over for one three-hour shift from Talk Radio 702 personality Redi Thlabi, while she was on maternity leave, embraces challenges that remove him from his comfort zone and would encourage every business leader to do the same.“I enjoyed connecting with people who would not otherwise cross my path; things like Twitter break down all organisational boundaries. The most important lesson I have learnt is this: one learns nothing in the ivory tower and everything by connecting with South Africans from all walks of life.”
Brand South Africa hosts 12 female leaners from three Diepkloof schools on Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day®The 12th annual Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day featured Brand South Africa employees reminding young girls to believe in their talents. The event included inspirational words from Play Your Part Ambassadors.Women play a vital role in any community, often as the selfless individuals who care for their families daily. Recognising this Brand South works annually with young schoolgirls to build their self-confidence and encourage them to achieve greatness for themselves, and their communities.This morning, 29 May 2014, Brand South Africa hosted 12 female pupils from Namedi Secondary School, Fidelitas High School and Fons Luminas High School, as part of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day®.Luvuyo Mandela is a Play Your Part ambassador who is passionate about educating young femalesThe campaign celebrates its 12th anniversary this year under the theme: Dream, Believe, Achieve. This year’s event aimed to remind young female students that they possess the power to make their dreams real by believing in themselves.The Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® targets Grade 10 to 12 South African girl pupils, with the opportunity to visit a place of work and experience first-hand what a specific career entails. It encourages the students to participate in discussions to fully understand their role in the country’s socio-economic development.In his welcoming address, Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer, Miller Matola, said, “Take your life, what it presents, and make it work for you.“Your decisions shape the future that you want for yourself. You make this country what it is.”At the event Brand South Africa staff took the time out to speak to the girls about their jobs and career paths.Onke Dumeko, Brand South Africa’s assistant brand manager, spoke to the girls about the importance of believing in themselves, explaining that the most important contribution they can make to building a healthy society is their value.“When you educate a girl child, it makes all the difference,” she said.“Don’t be hooked on job titles. It’s about the value you bring. Build strong relations.”After explaining the pivotal role that Brand South Africa plays in marketing the country and its people locally and internationally, Dumeko and colleague Leigh-Gail Peterson shared stories of their university experiences and career choices with the girls.Play Your Part Ambassadors give encouragementPlay Your Part Ambassadors, Luvuyo Mandela and Bonolo Ramokhele, discussed how important women are in any society and the roles they play in shaping a country.“You [girls] are the rocks and in the future, you’ll be the rocks for your families,” said Mandela, adding that, “It’s important for women to be in business because they do what’s needed.”Mandela, who has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Hamilton College, is passionate about “developing South Africa through education initiatives that help empower young minds and equip them with the necessary skills to become global competitors and leaders”.He said, “I believe in warming others up to the idea of embodying the social entrepreneurial ethos of being a continuous contributor.”Mandela is the founder of Tyathumzi Advisory, which specialises in corporate social responsibility design. He is also establishing an education platform, Skew Circle, and is a One Young World Ambassador.Ramokhele, a charted accountant, is a director at investment company Leofortis Group, a Play Your Part Ambassador, and a World Economic Forum Global Young Leader.Ramokhele had rousing words for the girls; he said, “The face of poverty around the world is black and female. So educate yourselves. It is critical.”The girls’ take on going to workThe girls took the encouragement from the speakers to heart; Lebogang Mabitsi found the event inspiring and said; “Today I learnt to give back what I have; [to] look for ways to make a difference.”Lerato Mphahlele now sees the value in never giving up. She said, “A person must never give up. They can achieve whatever they want to achieve.”The event proved a successful one, with the pupils seeing the many possibilities that education and a career path can open up for young women.
Panaji: The Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, on Friday said the “Kashmir issue” is not easy to resolve and advocated a “long-term policy” for it.Mr. Parrikar was speaking at a State government-organised function on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s 126th birth anniversary on Friday. ‘Discussions are spoilers’ He also said discussions on sensitive issues should be minimal. “There are some things on which discussions should be minimal. These things need to be made to happen instead. Discussions can be spoilers. The media asked me about some issues today morning. I asked them: do you want this thing to happen, or do you want it to become news?”Open discussions, according to Mr. Parrikar, bring multiple opinions to the fore and may become a hindrance in decision-making: “If you want something to happen, don’t discuss it too much in the news. When there is a discussion, one person says one thing, while someone else says something else.”He also said he wasn’t accustomed to New Delhi and there was “a lot of pressure” on him there.‘Shivaji is my guru’Mr. Parrikar also said Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is his political guru. However, he said worshipping icons is not enough. “I imbibe [Shivaji’s] qualities only as much as I can. I have to learn from his qualities. There is no point merely worshipping.” He added, “It is important to imbibe at least some of [Dr. B.R.] Ambedkar’s qualities. We cannot imbibe everything. If you did, you would become Babasaheb [Ambedkar] yourself.”
Stung by a series of scam charges and Income Tax raids against his family members, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday declared that he would uproot the Narendra Modi government at the Centre “before it completes its five-year term.” He also accused the BJP of conspiring to tarnish his image through I-T raids and making “frivolous allegations” against his sons and daughter.“Listen, BJP/RSS people, Lalu will drag you off your seat in Delhi, whatever be my situation… Get this straight… don’t you dare threaten me,” tweeted Lalu Prasad. ‘Where’s the proof?’ On the recent Income Tax raids against his family members and others in connection with several “dubious” land deals, Mr. Prasad’s second tweet asked: “Chapa…Chapa…Chapa…Chapa…kiska Chapa? Kisko Chapa? Chapa to hum marenge 2019 mein…Main dusron ka hausla digata hun, mera kaun digayega (Raid…Raid… Raid… whose raid? Who is being raided? … I’ll do a raid in 2019…I make others nervous, who will make me nervous?). Mr. Prasad asked the media to name the 22 places where Income Tax officials had conducted raids. “How did they [the media] report without any verification or evidence,” he asked. Speaking to a select group of journalists in Patna, the RJD chief said the Modi government had completed three years. “But it’s not going to complete its full five-year term… The BJP has been conspiring to tarnish Lalu’s reputation… How can my family and I become super rich and others remain paupers .. It’s all part of a political conspiracy.” Mr. Prasad said he, his wife and two sons had been filing I-T returns and had also submitted affidavits on their assets to the Election Commission. “It’s all in the public domain.” Mr. Prasad said Mr. Modi was trying to divide the country. “But we won’t let him divide the country … I’m standing rock solid in their path.” Pan-India campaignThe RJD chief said he had called a “BJP bhagao, Desh bachao” rally in Patna on August 27. “I have invited top leaders of all non-BJP parties to my grand rally…leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi, H.D. Deve Gowda, Arvind Kejriwal, Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee and Karunanidhi will attend the rally from where we will launch a pan-India campaign to uproot them [BJP] from the Centre,” Mr. Prasad said.He also raised the issues of beef ban and the volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “Modi talks about beef ban, but in the last three years India has been the largest exporter of beef… In Kashmir, bodies of soldiers are being mutilated every day…Are these the real achievements of the Modi government?”