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Edition of 1 July 2020 # 329

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This Month’s Sponsor
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Capacity Africa Institute – Our organization was established in 1999 in Kenya as a not for Profit organization and registered as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO). The organization was formed to address capacity building needs among development organizations in Africa. Visit our site.

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Life-Line of Hope for Africa
  2. Business: Lack of Connectivity in Africa
  3. Business: More Bad News for Zimbabwe
  4. Business: More & More Corruption in Zimbabwe
  5. Business: Unemployment in South Africa at Dangerous Levels
  6. Education: Explore & Thinking Like Scientists
  7. Education: Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
  8. Education & Travel: Yellowstone National Park's Virtual Tours
  9. Travel & Education: Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace in London

 

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1. Business: Life-Line of Hope for Africa
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Developed nations are considering financial support for a plan to relieve African countries of debt payments without triggering default, according to the United Nations committee steering the initiative. The debt-swap deal would channel payments due this year on international bonds back to the African nations, helping them fight the coronavirus and its economic impact. Investors would be compensated with securities issued by an international organization set up to monitor the use of funds and guaranteed by the central banks of richer nations or bilateral lenders, according to the plan.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Global Trade.

 

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2. Business: Lack of Connectivity in Africa
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The world has been caught off guard. The pandemic! It is in every conversation, sits at every board room table (video conference), and defines how continent and country look to an uncertain future. The pandemic is just one of the factors influencing Africa and the Information and communications technology (ICT) markets. The lack of connectivity across the continent is a huge contributor to Africa lacking the preparedness it needs step over the impact of Covid-19 and into a more digitally transformed future. The virus and the subsequent lockdowns to curb the impact of the virus, have highlighted how wide the digital divide is on the continent. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

 

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3. Business: More Bad News for Zimbabwe
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Inflation in Zimbabwe has risen to 785%, which makes it the second highest rate in the world after Venezuela. It follows a steep rise in prices and the collapse of a local currency introduced last year. “This means that prices as measured by the all items Consumer Price Index increased by an average of 785,55% between May 2020 and May 2019,” Zimbabwe’s state-run Chronicle paper quotes the statistics agency Zimstat as saying. The country is experiencing the worst economic crisis in more than a decade which has stoked political tensions. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

Editor’s Note: Latest Update about the situation in Zimbabwe

President Mnangagwa, 77, came to power promising political reform and a wave of foreign investment, but there’s been little of either.  Instead, outside funds are being withheld and painful economic measures have been imposed, with the army deployed to violently quell protests. Such is the public disquiet that many ruling party leaders, including some with military links, are losing patience with Mnangagwa, four people familiar with the situation said, asking not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the situation. Military leaders took the unprecedented step of calling a press conference this month to say they weren’t planning a coup. “It could be a preemptive move, it could be the generals saying we are in charge,” said Ringisai Chikohomero, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies. The military, he said, are “the guarantors of the regime: They have a clear stake and key interests.” Read more.

 

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4. Business: More & More Corruption in Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe’s Health Minister has been released from custody after being granted 50-thousand Zimbabwean Dollars bail by a Harare Magistrate. Obadiah Moyo faces three counts of criminal abuse of office in relation to the awarding of tenders. Moyo allegedly awarded Delish Nguwaya, Swiss company Drax’s representative in Zimbabwe, two illegal contracts in 2019 and 2020. The tenders relate to supplying of medical sundries as well as providing COVID-19 testing kits and personal protection equipment. Drax International is allegedly not even a pharmaceutical organisation but a consultancy firm which was only registered this year. It’s believed that Moyo awarded the mega-contract without following the proper procedures after Drax’s bid was rejected by Treasury. Initial investigations reveal that Drax hyper-inflated prices – a mask that cost 28-dollars was marked up at 98 dollars. The contract has since been rescinded by the government. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (SABC)

 

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5. Business: Unemployment in South Africa at Dangerous Levels
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South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to a record high in the first quarter of this year, driven by job losses in the formal and agriculture sectors, the national statistics agency said on Tuesday. The country’s economy was already in recession before the coronavirus pandemic hit, with the strict lockdown implemented at the end of March further squeezing businesses and consumers. The unemployment rate of 30.1% was up from 29.1% in the final quarter of last year, Statistics South Africa said its quarterly labor force survey, and higher than the 29.7% forecast in a Reuters poll.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

Editor’s Note:  According to our reporter inside South Africa this is only the official figure; the reality is that most Blacks do not even register as unemployed so the true figure especially amongst the youth is more like 60 - 80%.

 

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6. Education: Explore & Thinking Like Scientists
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Inviting users to begin "thinking like scientists," Explorify is a widely-regarded tool for fostering science enthusiasm. Teachers will want to bookmark this resource for next year's curriculum, and parents and caregivers may find value in it over the summer months. In response to school closures, some of the site's resources are available without an account under the "Explorify at home!" section (linked on the homepage). However, users who create a free account will gain access to all of the science-based learning Activities. Explorify labels activities by topic and age group. Users can also filter resources by activity topic (e.g. electricity or rocks), type (e.g. video or image gallery), and age group using the search tools at the top of the page. Offering resources that are "purely online with nothing to print or prep," the site is a time and energy saver. Plus, the My Dashboard feature allows users to save activities for a later date (perfect for teachers planning ahead). In addition to activities, the site has a Blog covering topics such as professional development and teaching science. On the Downloads page, instructors will find even more classroom resources, including certificates and posters. Explorify is funded by UK-based education foundation Wellcome and consults with a variety of other STEM and education partners. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2020

 

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7. Education: Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
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Based at the University of Florida, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) has conducted more than 8,000 interviews in the decades after the program's launch in 1967, making its collection "one of the largest oral history archives in the South and one of the top collections in the country." Over 3,600 of those interviews are publicly available online as part of the SPOHP Digital Collection, which contains audio recordings and written transcripts as well as other documents. The interviews in this collection include material dated from 1939 to the present and represent a diverse variety of communities throughout Florida and beyond. Under Collections, readers will find (for example) assorted interviews collected in 26 of Florida's counties, topical collections such as Florida Fisherfolk, and more than 700 interviews with members of several Native American tribes. There are also a number of sub-collections, including the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History, which was added in March 2019 and contains over 1,000 items. Visitors can search the SPOHP Digital Collection (including the full text of documents) by keyword or use Advanced Search to specify fields such as title, date range, or language. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2020

 

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8. Education & Travel: Yellowstone National Park's Virtual Tours
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Summer plans may look a little different this year, but who said virtual vacations can not be equally exciting? With Yellowstone National Park's Virtual Tours, you can hike to the Western United States' famous hot springs and waterfalls without stepping out of your front door. The site offers multiple ways to explore. The Video Walks section embeds short video clips shot from the perspective of someone hiking in the park, giving you an authentic look at some of the national park's treasures. As you continue to scroll down the page, you will encounter the Map-Based Tours section, where users can toggle over the map in three different viewing styles (Park Tiles Standard, Park Tiles Imagery, and Mapbox Outdoors). Scroll farther, visitors will find a Yellowstone in 3-D map with a more interactive user experience. In this section the site offers in-depth looks at key points of interest, such as Fort Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs. Finally, the Photos and Multimedia section houses additional images, audio, and video materials to ensure your digital experience is positive and realistic. These resources were provided by the National Park Service and were last updated in April 2020.  Visit this site

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2020

 

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9. Travel & Education: Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace in London
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This time last year our curatorial teams were busy setting up for our Queen Victoria's Palace exhibition at Buckingham Palace. Sadly the Palace will not be opening this summer, but it's still possible to revisit some of your favourite displays from previous years, as well as explore our 360 room views. Visit this site.

 

 

 

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Photo of the Month
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One of our regular readers sent in this truly inspirational video clip of the Aurora as seen from Iceland.  What is an aurora? It is a natural light display in the sky (from the Latin word aurora, "sunrise" or the Roman goddess of dawn), predominantly seen in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions. Aurorae are caused by cosmic rays, solar wind and magnetospheric plasma interacting with the upper atmosphere. Their charged particles, mainly electrons and protons, enter the atmosphere from above causing ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents, and consequent light emissions. To view the video clip of approximately 3 minutes and don’t forget to turn on the sound for additional inspiration, click here.

 

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This month's quote

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"The world is like a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." ~ Saint Augustine (354 AD-430 AD)

 

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Book of the Month
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This month’s book review is a tribute to the writer Elsbeth Huxley (1907-1997), who wrote the compelling account of the 3rd Lord Delamere, Hugh Cholmonderley (1870-1931), and his attempt to make Kenya in Africa a white empire. This book is entitled White Man's Country - Lord Delamere and the Making of Kenya Volume One 1870-1914 and Volume Two 1914-1931 (Two Volume Set) It covers the period 1870 – 1931 of the History of Kenya. For individuals interested in investing in Kenya, this book provides a valuable background to the business climate that is now existing based on the history of Kenya, and the future prospects for this beautiful country.


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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