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South African nation brand amongst top 50 most globally competitive nations

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 18 November 2015 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Business Report, today released the results of South Africa’s performance in the 2015 Anholt Nation Brand Index.South Africa ranks 38 of 50 countries assessed in this index.Although South Africa has dropped one place – from 37 in 2014 to 38 in 2015 – the country’s overall reputation score has improved 0.17 points from 2014. In addition, South Africa has improved on the pillars of people and tourism and held steady on the pillars of exports and governance.Reflecting on South Africa’s performance in the Nation Brand Index, CEO Kingsley Makhubela said, “South Africans can be proud of our country’s performance in a range of indices in the past year. The Global Competitiveness Index produced by the World Economic Forum ranks us 49 amongst 140 countries and number 2 in Africa. The Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance places us at number 4 amongst 54 countries on the continent and now, the Nation Brand Index places us at number 38 of 50 countries. A country’s reputation is collectively built by each citizen and Brand South Africa salutes you for your efforts to build a globally competitive country with a positive reputation.”“There is however work to be done to improve in certain areas of our competitiveness and the National Development Plan must guide national efforts to achieve this. Improvements will impact positively on the reputation of and perceptions about South Africa. Brand South Africa urges all citizens to become part of this endevour.”“In addition and despite South Africa’s drop in the area of investment and immigration according to the Nation Brand Index, South Africa registered an FDI inflow of US$3.31 billion between January 2015 to July 2015 which resulted in the creation of 5 037 jobs. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, FDI is being attracted into knowledge intensive sectors like: software and information technology services; business services; financial services communications; and industrial machinery, equipment and tools. This bodes well for the South African economy. It is also significant to recognise that despite global FDI falling by 16% in 2014, South Africa was able to attract over R140 billion in the 2013/14 financial year. This is almost double the amount of FDI in 2012.”The Nation Brand Index recognises amongst South Africa’s strengths, sports – particularly football, pristine landscape, and game reserves. Participants in the survey also indicated that the citizens of South Africa are amongst our biggest attribute being described as, amongst others, desirable friends, good employees, hardworking and skilful. The Nation Brand Index is the result of 20,342 interviews in 20 countries.Notes to the EditorAbout the Nation Brand IndexThe NBI measures the reputation of the Nation Brand on six elements, being: Governance; Exports; Tourism; People; Culture; Investment & Immigration. Through a series of sub-indicators the nation’s performance on each pillar is assessed through the study. Importantly the range of indicators tested through the research clearly illustrates the fact the nation brand’s reputation is shaped by anything from perceptions of people and culture, to the quality of exports and the governance profile of the country. This means that the ‘making’ of the nation’s global reputation depends on perceptions created by actions taken in multiple sectors spanning government, business, civil-society, and generally speaking the people of the country.The NBI MethodologyThe 2015 NBISM survey has been conducted in 20 major developed and developing countries that play important and diverse roles in international relations, trade and the flow of business, cultural and tourism activities. Given the increasing global role played by developing countries, the survey strives to represent regional balance as well as balance between high-income and middle-income countries.The core 20 panel countries are:• Western Europe/North America: The U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden• Central and Eastern Europe: Russia, Poland, Turkey• Asia-Pacific: Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia• Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico• Middle East/Africa: Egypt, South AfricaIn all, 20,342 interviews have been conducted with at least 1,000 interviews per country for the 2015 NBISM survey. Adults age 18 or over who are online are interviewed in each country. Using the most up-to-date online population parameters, the achieved sample in each country has been weighted to reflect key demographic characteristics such as age, gender, and education of the 2015 online population in that country. Additionally, in the U.S, the UK, South Africa, India, and Brazil, race/ethnicity has been used for sample balancing. The report reflects the views and opinions of online populations in these 20 countries – citizens who are connected to the world. Fieldwork was conducted from July 9th to July 27th, 2015.NBISM measures the image of 50 nations. In each panel country the list of 50 nations is randomly assigned to respondents, each of whom (except Egypt) rates 25 nations, resulting in each nation getting approximately 500 ratings per panel country. In Egypt, where respondents are not as familiar and experienced with online surveys, survey length is reduced, resulting in each nation getting approximately 200 ratings.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Brand South Africa congratulates team South Africa for their achievements in their respective sporting fields

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 16 July 2018 – As we commemorate Nelson Mandela’s Centenary this month, the country is reminded of some of Mandela’s passions that unify citizens and contribute towards building a better world for all, one of which is sport.In the words of the great statesman, “Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.” Brand South Africa congratulates our sports women and men for their sporting achievements over the weekend. Sport is a great way of building the image and reputation of the nation brand and its attractiveness on a global stage. It is with this notion that the importance of good performance in sport is acknowledged as a positive construct to position the nation brand for competitive advantage.“Thank you team South Africa, the country’s prowess in sport is and continues to reach great stature because of your dedication”, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret.Some of the weekend sporting achievements include;Record-breaking tennis playoffs by Kevin Anderson, Raven Klaasen and Kgothatso Montjane at WimbledonIn golf, Justin Harding carded a one-under-par 71 to secure his maiden Asian Tour victory at the Indonesia Open and Brandon Stone for winning the Scottish Open by four strokesA first-ever win in motorsport,for Brad Binder at the Moto2 race in Germany at the Sachsenring circuitCaster Semenya set a new South African record in Athletics at Rabat Diamond League in Morocco“It is truly fitting that our sports men and women did us proud during Mandela service month, when we are all urged to be the legacy. I believe there are many young people who have been encouraged to persevere and chase their dreams. Brand South Africa hails all South Africans who represented us across the globe, this past weekend” adds Mrs Magapatona-Sangaret.BrandSouthAfrica and @Brand_SATo set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: 011 712 5071Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Land claims: finding a third way in Bosparadys

first_img“We did not build this farm alone. We look after our workers. No one goes to bed hungry and no child goes to school in a torn uniform,” says William Khourie. (Image: Sulaiman Philip) • William Khourie  Bosparadys +27 82 827 8966 • South Africa is getting plenty right • Ubuntu is about relationships • South African scholar named a Charlotte Fellow • South African farming skills are sought-after • AgriHUB helps small-scale KwaZulu-Natal farmersSulaiman PhilipMany of South Africa’s white commercial farmers see the land-claim process as an attack. For black claimants fighting to get back land stolen by the apartheid government, it’s about being made whole again. On Bosparadys farm in North West province, the two groups are trying to find a third way.William Khourie’s eyes are rheumy with age and tear up easily as he stares across fields dotted with baled hay, the tears a symptom of late-life diabetes. The idling engine of his bakkie purrs as he rolls to a stop in the middle of a bumpy dirt road. A lamb gallops alongside for a few moments before heading back to the pasture from which it has just escaped. “I need to eat soon,” he says, a propos of nothing. “I can feel my blood sugar dropping.”The sky is cloudless and the day has warmed since he began work at 02h00, when his dairy cows were brought to the milking shed. The farm’s 1 200 cows provide him with 50 000 litres of organic milk a day. It is then either bottled and shipped to market under the farm’s Bosparadys label – the name means “bush paradise” in Afrikaans – or made into yogurt, cheese or amasi.“I built this farm,” he says, the satisfaction clear in his voice. “When I came here there was nothing. Mud huts for the workers – I built real homes. I dug new dams and stocked them with fish. I put up new fences and cleared away rocks from the fields. Today we can compete with the big dairies but its taken years of blood and sweat.”A resilient businessEverything Khourie owns today has been paid for with almost two decades of gruelling work. Bosparadys is a 1 200-hectare dairy farm just over the Gauteng border in North West, just outside the town of Koster. Khourie has owned the land since 1997, when he bought a bankrupt farm on auction and built a thriving dairy, and raised sheep, pigs and chickens.A recent drought has made life tougher for farmers in the region, but Bosparadys has been able to ride it out because of the diversity of the business. It makes a healthy profit in the good years and is stable enough to survive the bad. Between himself and his three sons, Khourie runs a dairy, an egg business and a piggery, and raises flocks of sheep.Two hundred hectares of his land is given over to herds of game. His dams are popular weekend fishing spots teeming with barbel, carp and black bass.“With my sons helping out we are able to build and manage a big business,” Khourie says. “My sons have been brought up on a farm and they drive the business with the same dedication I have. I’ve been blessed with sons that like the smell of the soil when it’s ploughed – and that’s priceless.”The hovering threat of land claims is making his neighbours sell land and cattle as they struggle to adapt to new realities. Those with children are pushing them away from an uncertain life on the land, into careers indoors and at desks. “No one wants their children to pour their heart into something that can just be taken away. It is easier to work at a computer than take care of the land and cattle.” “Mechanisation is cheaper, but fewer jobs means more crime. A hungry person is bound to steal,” William Khourie. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)What Khourie does worry about is the cost of diesel, the quality of his milk, the market price of his crops and, of course, the weather. He worries about the electricity bill, and the quality of education his employees’ children are receiving.Mostly, though, he is uneasy about the future of his farm, which is part of a larger land claim by the Bakubung ba Ratheo. Where the land claims have drained his neighbour’s spirit and made them pessimistic, Khourie labours along, talking up plans he has for his farm. Beyond buying new equipment to expand his dairy and his egg business – which employs the wives of the farm labourers – he wants his employees to be paid a living wage and live in decent accommodation.Clarity on the future“It’s important that we find work for the people around us, so I am holding off buying equipment. For someone whose biggest concern is where his next meal is coming from, theft is not a crime. The more people we can help, the more successful we are as a community.“When I received notice of the land claim we already had all these plans in place. Until I know my workers will be the ones to enjoy the new homes I won’t go forward. I talk to chief of the claimants; they know my position. There are improvements I want to make that will build this business but I need some clarity on the future.”Khourie’s rural idyll was bought with the immense suffering of his neighbours, he knows. Most of the remaining farmers cling to their old conservative mindset, but Khourie is not one of those. He does not regard change as a betrayal. He understands it is inevitable.Beyond his boundary fence lies acres of Bakubung land, 7 000 hectares of rich soil as far as the eye can see. He recalls a time when teams of 14 oxen were strapped to ploughs turning the soil, getting the land ready for a new crop. To a lifelong steward like Khourie, land left untended to bake in the sun is a tragedy.It is this fear that lies at the heart of Khourie’s dilemma. He says he believes in redressing the wrongs of apartheid but fears for the future of the productive farm he has built. At the edges of his land, outlined by expensive game fencing, Khourie expertly navigates between deeply dug watering holes and curious herds of game. One hand on the wheel, he turns in his seat to point out a trench dug out along the length of the fence – a cheap barrier to stock thieves. In his 17 years he has lost just a single ewe to theft, but thinks it may become a problem.On the other side of the fence are healthy fields of maize, an extension of his farm planted on land leased from the Bakubung. This could be a solution if he loses his farm to land claims. He could lease the business back and pay the community a fee.“I am an old man. I should take the money and set my sons up on new farms somewhere else, but what happens to the people who have worked for me? I am a farmer, I know nothing else. When I think of what could happen to what I have built here …”A century of stolen landKhourie’s farm, like those of his neighbours, was born out of a shameful law passed over 100 years ago. The Native Land Act of 1913, a cornerstone of apartheid, legislated areas where the black population could live and own land. This amounted to just 13% of the entire land mass of South Africa. The act also decreed that black people could only own land communally, under the guardianship of a traditional leader. This robbed small-scale subsistence farmers of the opportunity to borrow capital against the land they farmed. Whole communities were moved off their land, without compensation, to make way for commercial operations the size of principalities, owned and run by white farmers.Slow and uncertain land claimsIn 1994 South Africa’s first democratically elected government came into power, and almost immediately passed legislation aimed at repairing the damage done by the Natives Land Act. The Restitution of Land Rights Act of 1994 was the first piece of transformative legislation passed by South Africa’s post-apartheid parliament. The question of land ownership became a symbol for a wide range of issues facing the country.But given a century of injustice, land claims are slow to process. The uncertainty raised by claims and the long time it takes them to be settled has affected agricultural growth in South Africa. Food production, rural development and job creation have fallen off as farmers stopped investing in their farms and allowed their land to lie fallow.But around Bosparadys Khourie has earned a reputation as a man always ready to offer a helping hand. He has aided the Bakubung community, despite their land claim against him. The community has also applauded him for continuing to invest in his farm despite the uncertainty.Khourie’s phone chirps, his ring tone an indigenous bird call. It is a local farmer needing advice. He talks as he expertly guides his bakkie around divots and holes. “Trust me, Japanese radish is your solution. It’s cheap and nutritious feed for your sheep. You let them onto your field and they will eat everything down to the root.”This informal support system is unavailable to the Bakubung, who have had most of their land returned to them. The rich fertile soil lies fallow from a lack of equipment, knowledge and capital for investment. At some point they were given seed and a tractor, without any other support. The agricultural projects these were used in were spectacular failures.‘It is our land and we must get it back’Peter Mpho owns the 200 square metre plot on which his RDP house stands. He is lean and fit, pride in his face as he pulls up a stool. The cloudless sky brightens the hills that sweep off in all directions from Molote City. His world is clean and brilliantly green. “We were never allowed to think that we could determine our own futures. That is what apartheid stole from us” Peter Mpho. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)As he speaks the words crash from his lips. “Talking to William [Khourie], I can learn in a day what it has taken him 20 years to learn. I would happily work for him, learn from him. But in the end it is our land and we must get it back.”In 1966 Mpho’s parents and their neighbours were uprooted from this land, which they had tended and used to raise cattle for a century, and moved 100 kilometres away, close to Sun City. There, communal subsistence farming was replaced with hardscrabble labour on poorer soil. Their agricultural tradition soon began to die out as men drifted to the cities to find work on the mines and the women took up jobs in the tourist industry.“When we were moved off the land a cycle was broken,” says Mpho. “The knowledge of our grandfathers died when they went off to the city. For us, this land claim is about becoming whole again.”Helped only halfway up the mountainMpho and his community call Khourie an honest man, one always available to help or offer advice. With his support the community began a hatchery supplying Bosparadys with 200 eggs a day. For six months the business was successful, then in hard times the hens began disappearing into the cooking pots of the town.With a shake of his head, Mpho admits there have been setbacks, short-sighted decisions that have heaped further suffering on a community that feels they have been helped only halfway up the mountain.Sitting in his dusty yard, drinking water out of a tin can, Mpho talks about a way of life he yearns for but knows is out of step with today’s world. In his community Mpho is a vanishing breed, a part of a farming tradition and all it stands for – humility, gratification from working the land and a reverence for what has gone before – that is slowly disappearing. With the vast fertile valley in their hands, there are too few people who care about farming to make it their lives.“My grandfather used to plough this land. He raised cows here, and this is how we lived. Now, how many of us here have the knowledge? We were never allowed to think that we could determine our own futures. That is what apartheid stole from us.”A rutted dusty road divides the Bakubung land in two. On one side a failed meadow of sunflowers is dying in a field. The other side dotted with low-lying shrubs that reflect the sun. They are called “bankruptbush”, a woody inedible shrub that pushes out grass species and multiplies in overgrazed pastures. The lower pastures of the Bakubung land is covered with the invasive plants. They push their way up through the cracks in the foundation of the idle hatchery.“The government needs to come in and give us help, equipment, knowledge or we will make the same mistakes over and over again,” Mpho says with a shrug. He looks down the hill toward Bosparadys, where 250 people are employed – a population that matches his village of Molote City.Support and subsidiesHe is not asking for a hand-out, Mpho says. “When this land was taken, the white government gave white farmers support and subsidies to help them establish the productive farms you see today. All we ask is that we are given the same opportunities.”Mpho has been studying environmental and agricultural sciences. He understands that his success will help alleviate poverty in his village, where under 10 % of the population works. “I don’t want to go to the city so I can feed my family here.”The community’s attempt to get restitution, by having the government buy Bosparadys for them, failed. The valuations produced by either side were separated by a chasm. Mpho holds out hope that the process, which began five years ago, will finally come to an end next year. “Willing-buyer, willing-seller did not work. Now we are looking at restitution and redistribution. We want William to stay on at least for a few years to teach us the business.”Mpho believes in the traditional model of land ownership, where the land belongs to everyone under the stewardship of a traditional leader. But he knows subsistence farming is not a solution to the problems facing his community.Businesses like the hatchery, built on community land, and a productive farm like Bosparadys would give the people of Molote City and nearby Mathopestad a secure economic future. “There are people in our community who want to stick with the old ways. We quarrel, we argue that it is time to try new ways.“I would like to see Khourie stay on for four or five years. We could learn so much from him. He could help us rebuild the future.”last_img read more

Who Killed Customer Loyalty

first_img“Customers are no longer loyal. They will leave to save a few dollars.”There is some truth to this statement. People are no longer as loyal to companies as they once were. They don’t feel the same undying loyalty they did at one time.The interesting question is not whether this statement is true. The interesting question is, “Who went first?”When we say people are no longer loyal, we need to identify of whom exactly we are speaking.Who Went First?Did the customer go first?Did the customer who was totally satisfied and thrilled beyond belief suddenly decide that it made no sense to be loyal and leave to find something better? Having all of their needs met by a company, did the bond on their side of the relationship weaken without any cause, destroying their loyalty?This doesn’t make sense, does it? When people are 100 percent satisfied and know that people care about them, they tend to be extremely loyal. This is true even when something better is available to them. You have relationships with companies where the individual people are important enough to you that you won’t change for a better offering or lower price.All things being equal, relationships win. This fact has been true for thousands of years. It will be true for thousands more.If the customer didn’t go first, who did?The High Price of a Low Transaction CostIs it possible that companies and businesses went first? Could the drive for increased profits have caused cost-cutting that reduced the service level and loosened the bonds between the company and their customers? Could a reliance on automation to reduce transaction costs under the guise of serving customers better have also eliminated many of the touch points on which deep, loyal relationships were built?You may have a deep relationship with a brand. But in large, complex business-to-business sales, it’s difficult for a brand to generate loyalty. It’s the people inside the brand with whom you have the relationship. And when you no longer have a relationship, you no longer feel a sense of loyalty.If you don’t care about your customers, if you have no intimacy, then why would you expect them to feel a sense of loyalty to you?If you treat people like a transaction, then that is how they will view your relationship. Anyone can deliver a transactional experience. Loyalty requires much more of you.last_img read more

Armed criminal nabbed

first_imgA hardcore criminal, Siva Shankar Panigrahi alias Jitu Kana, was nabbed after an exchange of fire with police at the Purunagada bypass near Jeypore in Odisha’s Koraput district on Tuesday.According to the police, a countrymade revolver along with live ammunition was seized from him. No one was injured in the incident although Panigrahi fired two rounds at the police.Acting on a tip-off, a police team tracked down Panigrahi and his associate near the bypass around 4.45 a.m. The duo was travelling on a motorbike. In a bid to escape they fired at the police. While Panigrahi was nabbed, his accomplice managed to escape. Panigrahi is named in a number of criminal cases. He was among the dacoits who had managed to escape following an exchange of fire with the police at Gopabandhu Nagar in Jeypore on August 18.last_img read more

Opposition blasts Punjab govt. over drugs issue

first_imgThe Opposition in Punjab hit out at the Congress government on Friday, accusing it of not having any concrete policy to fight the drugs menace prevalent in the State. The criticism came a day after the State government brought back IPS officer Harpreet Singh Sidhu as chief of the anti-drugs Special Task Force, nearly a year after he was removed from the post following reports of a tussle between him and the then DGP. Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, the principal Opposition, said the State government’s decision of yet again change the STF chief shows lack of planning and concrete policy. “The Congress has been in power for over two years now, yet the problem of drugs continues unabated. It’s time for taking decisive action, but the government is busy in ‘cosmetic’ moves to save its face,” said senior party leaders Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Sadhu Singh and Gurdit Singh Sekhon in a joint statement here.CM targetedThe leaders also took potshots at the Chief Minister. “The government should give the reason why Mr. Sidhu was removed earlier and why now he is being brought back. While we do not question Mr. Sidhu’s determination towards his duty, the Chief Minister’s intentions are under cloud,” said the leaders.Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik said that the purpose of setting up the STF was only to corner political opponents. “Replacing officers only proves that if anyone does not cooperate with the government’s whim and fancies, he or she should be moved,” he told reporters.last_img read more

Delhi University to end admissions by July first week

first_imgDU colleges to release first cut- off lists by mid-June.A day after Delhi University (DU) decided to discontinue use of application forms for admission to undergraduate programmes, senior officials in the administration hinted at a change in the admission calendar this year.The university intends to complete the entire admission process – from announcing cut- off lists to the last lap of converting vacant seats reserved for the Other Backward Classes ( OBC) into general category – for UG programmes before the academic session begins on July 21.According to a senior official, the first cut- off list ( qualifying marks for programmes) will be announced around June 15. Last year, it was declared on June 22.”The remaining three lists should be declared and admissions under each list completed around the first week of July.Then colleges will be allowed to announce two more cut- off lists in case seats are still vacant. But unlike last year when colleges converted vacant OBC seats to general category in August, we will ask them to do this before the academic session begins on July 21,” the official said.” At the most, this conversion of OBC seats and its admission can spill over to a week after colleges reopen. But, not beyond that,” he said. Last year, most colleges finished this process only around August 15.These changes in the calendar will be pitched during the meeting of the admissions advisory committee for approval.The university has been working on introducing semester system in the remaining UG programmes from this year. Last year, it had brought 13 science programmes under the system.advertisementThe pruning of the admission calendar has been proposed to ensure effective implementation of semester system. ” Last year, admission was made till the end of August. But we can’t have students joining classes in the middle of a semester. We want the full strength to be present right from the beginning. So the proposal is to wrap up the admission process, at least within a week of the new session,” an official said.The university has also hinted at changes in the admission calendar after it decided to do away with application forms.Till last year, DU aspirants had the option of either filling a common admission form or applying individually to the colleges.The common form was good for applying to 61 UG courses across 63 colleges. But from this year, there will be no forms. The cut- off lists will be announced by colleges based on their previous years’ experience of conducting admissions. Students can directly approach colleges for admission if they are eligible as per the cut- off marks.But students seeking admission under sports, SC/ ST and ECA quotas and to programmes with joint entrance examination will have to fill application forms.The DU, however, will continue to sell its information booklet and conduct open days. ” The information booklet will be available on our website, too ,” said J. M. Khurana, dean, students’ welfare, DU.SPORTS QUOTAThe DU might allow colleges to conduct sport trials for admission of students under the sports quota this year. This follows the ” No physical education teachers came forward to help during the centralised sports trials. We want to bring the teachers on board. After the changes made last year, trials account for 25 marks and certificates 75 marks.With this break up the scope of back door entry through trials is quite less. There doesn’t seem any problem in letting colleges have a say in how much a candidate should score out of 25 marks,” said a senior university official.last_img read more

Hamstring injury sidelines San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “It was a good response by the team, but we’re just at 1-1 so we shouldn’t celebrate,” said Cabagnot. “We should be as level headed as possible because the season is far from over and the conference has just started.”“We have to work hard and do the things we need to do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite herculean effort, Moala Tautuaa knows he needs to work harder to stay course ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel point guard Alex Cabagnot is out indefinitely after suffering a hamstring injury in the Beermen’s previous game in the PBA Philippine Cup against Columbian.Cabagnot said on Sunday that his left hamstring has been bothering him for a couple of weeks and it only got worse in the Beermen’s 124-118 loss to the Dyip on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “I hurt my hamstring last game when I dove on the floor but we were trying to catch up so you have to try anything to win the game,” said Cabagnot after the Beermen’s recent 99-91 win over Barangay Ginebra at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Whatever happens I just did what I had to do and the worst consequence was I hurt my hamstring and that has been bothering me for the past two weeks, hopefully and God willing I’ll be back soon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCabagnot sat out the game against the Gin Kings in what he described as a great bounce back win for the Beermen.The 36-year-old Cabagnot didn’t sit with the team on the bench and instead joined the team officials a little further up behind the Beermen to better get a view of the action. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more