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Edition of 1 February 2020 # 324

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business & News: Problems Facing Burundi, Africa
  2. Business: Corruption in Angola, Africa
  3. Business: Corruption in South Africa
  4. Business: Private Visit to South Africa by Jenni Russell of the London Times
  5. Business: Signs of Inflation in Zimbabwe
  6. Education & Travel: Film About Okavango in Botswana to be Shown at Sundance Festival
  7. Education & Environment: Conservation of Our Oceans
  8. Education & Environment: Glimmer of Hope for Northern White Rhino in Africa
  9. Travel & Education: Beginning of Beautiful Cape Town in South Africa
  10. Travel & News: Is South African Airways Now Facing the End?

 

 

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1. Business & News: Problems Facing Burundi, Africa
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Burundi is drawing up legislation ahead of May elections to give President Pierre Nkurunziza the title of “Supreme Guide of Patriotism”, state television reported, despite widespread rights abuses and an economic meltdown under his leadership. Nkurunziza, whose decision to run for a third, five-year term in 2015 sparked widespread protests and violence, has pledged not to stand in the polls. The proposed new bill comes after parliament passed another bill earlier this week, granting Nkurunziza hefty pension perks including a 1 billion Burundi franc ($535,000) retirement villa. Burundi is one of the world’s poorest countries and lost donor funding after the political violence following the 2015 election. Its GDP per capita was $270 per person in 2018, World Bank statistics show. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor’s Note:  Visit our webpage on Burundi.


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2. Business: Corruption in Angola, Africa
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Responding to the Luanda leaks investigation, Isabel dos Santos and her husband, Sindika Dokolo, denied all allegations of wrongdoing. In an interview with BBC Africa and a letter from her lawyers, Dos Santos denied the suggestion that she owed her business success to nepotistic support from her father, a former president of Angola, and said corruption accusations were intended to smear her reputation. Angola’s attorney general is investigating allegations of mismanagement during Dos Santos’s time as head of the state oil company, Sonangol, and in December a civil court froze her assets, accusing her of having enriched herself at the expense of the state. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)


Editor’s Note: Visit our webpage on Angola.

 

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3. Business: Corruption in South Africa
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One of the shameful achievements of the African National Congress (ANC) in its 25 years of governing post-apartheid South Africa is that it’s living up to the political stereotype of what is wrong with post-colonial Africa – unethical and corrupt African leaders who exercise power through patronage. The widespread corruption in post-apartheid South Africa is epitomised by what is now referred to as “state capture”. The effects of the entrenched corruption are exemplified by frequent power cuts devastating the economy.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK in. (IOL)


Editor’s Note: A new book is soon to be released titled, “Zero Hour of the Apartheid Regime of Zuid Afrika” published by the “MTC International Foundation”.  Check with your local library or book store for the date of release.


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4. Business: Private Visit to South Africa by Jenni Russell of the London Times
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Report by Jenni Russell. "I have always returned from South Africa aghast, anxious but ultimately hopeful. It surely can’t become too corrupt or inefficient, I think. The triple forces of capitalism, democracy and a free press will prevent it. Rotten politicians can be replaced; crooked state employees and the individuals paying them off can be exposed. Too many people and profitable businesses have an interest in keeping the state functioning, the trains running and the lights on for it to fall apart. This year, as in the last, the lights are literally being switched off, and I’ve lost that confidence. For the first time I fear the country may be sliding towards irreversible decay. Corruption has siphoned so much money from the state and twisted so many people’s motivations." By Jenni Russell.


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5. Business: Signs of Inflation in Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe’s public sector workers have accepted a 140% salary hike starting in January, a union official said on Wednesday, averting a potential strike against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. Soaring inflation has eroded salaries and savings in the Southern African nation, which is grappling with its worst economic crisis in a decade, marked by shortages of foreign exchange, food, fuel, electricity and medicines. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (SABC)


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6. Education & Travel: Film About Okavango in Botswana to be Shown at Sundance Festival
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Africa’s Okavango Delta contains an enormous and vibrant river that provides the stage for a seemingly endless diversity of wildlife. An extensive array of animals are shown living in communion with the mighty river in Botswana as they hunt, forage, and scavenge alongside the constantly shifting water’s edge; big cats, elephants, African skimmers, hippos, crocodiles, painted dogs, and bush babies all thrive and survive amongst one another in acutely specific ways. Even the water itself is explored as a living character as it morphs and changes throughout the seasons. It is a testament to the interconnectedness of life on Earth and the need for biodiversity to retain the delicate balance of nature. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note: Visit our web page on Botswana. Also to see some film clips, click here.

 

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7. Education & Environment: Conservation of Our Oceans
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Our Shared Seas is an open-access, one-stop-shop for all things ocean conservation, including upcoming events, data reports, and news articles. The objective of the resource is to "elevate the collective understanding of the state of ocean health and shape future directions for philanthropy, practice, and research." They pursue this mission by compiling a wealth of resources, such as expert interviews with researchers, summaries of major reports, and easy-to-digest visuals of "ocean trends." In doing so, they provide users with a more holistic picture of how "the ocean is intrinsically connected to sustaining life on Earth." Users should begin on the Key Findings page (accessible via the Primers tab, using the menu on the right-hand side), which summarizes major facts and provides context for many of the sub-categories of oceanography included on the site. From there, they may want to navigate the Downloads page, where they can search for reports and presentations specific to subcategories that pique their interest, such as Marine Fisheries and Pollution & Development. Finally, those looking for expert opinions can read interviews with researchers under Insights. Visit this site.

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8. Education & Environment: Glimmer of Hope for Northern White Rhino in Africa
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Sudan, the world's last standing male, died on March 19, 2018, aged 45 at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia. The northern white rhino in-vitro fertilisation project after a third embryo created is led by a consortium of scientists and conservationists from Kenya, the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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9. Travel & Education: Beginning of Beautiful Cape Town in South Africa
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When the ship Nieuw Haarlem wrecked in 1647, it catalysed the creation of Cape Town. Now, an archaeologist is on the verge of finding this lost ship that forever changed history. On 25 March 1647 – five years before the Dutch East India Company, Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) in Dutch, had established the Cape Town settlement just north of the Cape of Good Hope – the Nieuw Haarlem floundered in Table Bay’s shallow waters. Luckily, no lives were lost, and much of the precious cargo the ship was bringing back to the Netherlands (via South Africa) from Asia was salvageable. Not long after the incident, 58 crew members were taken back to the Netherlands by the other ships in the fleet. But the remaining 62 men were left behind to look after the valuable spices, pepper, textiles and porcelain until a larger fleet could give them and their cargo a lift home about a year later. To read the full fascinating report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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10. Travel & News: Is South African Airways Now Facing the End?
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South African Airways (SAA) could have to suspend some flights and delay salary payments if the government can’t come up with a plan soon to provide the 2 billion rand ($139 million) it promised the airline last month, a trade union official said today. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

Editor’s Note: We advice our thousand of site visitors and readers to avoid booking any flights with SAA as the end is now in sight.  A great pity for a once brilliant airline but doomed because of poor management and the Black Empowerment government policy (BEE).

 

 

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Photo of the Month
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This month we are referencing, not just one photo, but fifty photos of the 50 most beautiful women of yesterday and today. These photos were selected by our Operations Manager, GMH. Check them out and see if you agree with our photographer? Click here. (Make sure your sound is turned on)

 

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This month's quote

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“Your imagination is the preview to life's coming attractions." ~ Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

 

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Book of the Month
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"An Introduction to Real Estate Finance" ~ by Edward Glickman

This book will serve as the core of knowledge for a single-semester first course in real estate finance. Unlike other real estate finance textbooks, with their encyclopedic but often stale details, it will combine a short traditional text with a living website. The book will give students and professors highly applied information, and its regularly updated online features will make it especially useful for this practitioner-oriented audience. This title offers a concise and efficient "finance centric" alternative to traditional real estate finance texts. Website gives readers the tools to discover current information about their own areas of specialization - a different approach than that of other real estate finance textbooks. It gives students and professors the material to examine every subject in both broad and highly detailed terms. Visit the An Introduction to Real Estate Finance


Editor’s Note: Don’t forget that we also have an online book store, Delamere International Bookshop. We represent a number of major leading book suppliers that concentrate on non-fiction books related to business, employment, marketing, investing & finance, real estate, and conducting international trade. Click here.

 

 

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