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Edition of 1 June 2013 # 244

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Expanding Economy of South Africa, Invest now?
  2. Business: Investment Increasing in Africa
  3. Business: British Official Development Aid (ODA) Programme to South Africa Ending
  4. Business: German Investment in South Africa
  5. Business: More Jobs for Call Centers in Cape Town
  6. Business: Nuclear Plants to be Built in South Africa
  7. Business: Report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Cape Town
  8. Business & Health: What Age Retirement?
  9. Business: South African Unemployment Rate Increases
  10. Business: World Trade Organization (WTO)
  11. Education: American History Revisited
  12. Education: Center for Jewish History
  13. Education: History of World War One
  14. Education: History of Indian Cinema
  15. Education: The National Media Museum, England
  16. Immigration: Retreating White Population of UK
  17. Real Estate: New Real Estate Brokers in Kenya
  18. Travel: Autumn at Cape Point Reserve in Cape Town, South Africa
  19. Travel: Gorillas in Rwanda
  20. Travel: What Makes Air Passengers Happy?


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1. Business: Expanding Economy of South Africa, Invest now?
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South Africa's membership of the Brics group of countries represents a turning point for Africa and its economic activities, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday. Addressing delegates during the opening plenary session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, Zuma said countries in Africa had been overlooked too many times when it came to major world events. "This time around, the Brics links indicate that Africa cannot be bypassed by the events that are changing the landscape economically, socially, and politically in the world." To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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2. Business:  Investment Increasing in Africa
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An updated report by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG has found that foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa would continue to increase and what was seen currently was only the “tip of the proverbial iceberg”. Africa would continue to be one of the largest FDI destinations and hold the fastest-growing economies, said KPMG chairperson Yunus Suleman, adding that the continent had much more to offer. The report, titled ‘African Emergence: Rise of the Phoenix’, was released ahead of the twenty-third World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Cape Town next week.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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3. Business: British Official Development Aid (ODA) Programme to South Africa Ending
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The South African government announced on Tuesday that the UK’s decision to end its bilateral Official Development Aid (ODA) programme in the country from 2015 was regrettable. A spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said in a statement that Britain’s “unilateral announcement” would have far-reaching implications on the projects that are currently running and that it was tantamount to “redefining [the countries’] relationship”.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. 

 

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4. Business: German Investment in South Africa
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Federal Republic of Germany Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Guido Westerwelle on Monday reiterated the European country’s plans to invest about R3.4-billion in South Africa in 2012/13, noting that the emerging country was Germany’s most politically and economically important partner in Africa. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link (Creamer Media)

 

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5. Business: More Jobs for Call Centers in Cape Town
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Cape Town is becoming a hot destination for the call centre sector, with an announcement of further investments and the creation of many more jobs. Capita, one of the Western Cape’s largest call centre operations has announced that it has invested R500-million into the regional economy. It has set up a call centre in the centre of Cape Town, with leading UK mobile phone company, 02, as a key client. 02 had more than one-million customers in the UK.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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6. Business: Nuclear Plants to be Built in South Africa
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China's interest in South Africa's proposed new nuclear power plant (NPP) programme was made manifest on Tuesday when three Chinese nuclear companies held a joint public briefing on their capabilities and technologies at the Energex Africa 2013 exhibition in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. China today has 17 operational NPPs, with another 28 under construction.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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7. Business: Report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Cape Town
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Regional integration and security must be Africa’s key goals in driving its growth and development over the next few decades, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BD Live)

 

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8. Business & Health: What Age Retirement?
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This major study, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a think tank, found that retirement results in a "drastic decline in health" in the medium and long term. The IEA said the study suggests people should work for longer for health as well as economic reasons.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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9. Business: South African Unemployment Rate Increases
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South Africa’s unemployment rate has risen from 24.9% in the last quarter of 2012 to 25.2% in the first quarter of this year, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Monday in its latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey. This translated into an increase of 100 000 in the number of unemployed people, bringing the total number of unemployed individuals in the working age population to 4.6-million.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

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10. Business: World Trade Organization (WTO)
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Roberto Azevedo, a Brazilian trade diplomat, will be the next head of the World Trade Organization, a diplomatic source said last week. Brazil's Roberto Azevedo has won the race to become the next head of the World Trade Organization, the first candidate from the BRIC club of emerging economies to take the job.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Reuters)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on world trade.

 

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11. Education: American History Revisited
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The battleground site Wounded Knee is up for sale. Should it be developed as a landmark or left in peace out of respect for the Sioux people who died there? Almost as soon as the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee was over, the battle to define what happened on that bleak December day began. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BBC)

 

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12. Education: Center for Jewish History
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The Center for Jewish History Digital Collections provides access to the digital assets of both the Center and its partner organizations, including the Yeshiva University Museum and the American Sephardi Federation. Visitors can use the search engine, or visit the Popular Topics visual interface to click around at their leisure. Also, the site allows users to browse by partner organizations or resource type (slides, prints, oral history, and so on). The Oral History area is a real gem, as it contains over 958 interviews with Jewish leaders, activists, historians, and others from the past several decades. All told, the archive contains well over 50,000 items, and for anyone with an interest in social and cultural history, it's a tremendously valuable resource. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013

 

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13. Education: History of World War One
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Does the traditional tale of 'stupid generals, pointless attacks and universal death' give a fair picture of the war?  We encourage all our readers who are interested in the background of the First World War, to visit this excellent BBC site.  Click here.

Editor's Note: Read our previous news item about the First World War.



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14. Education: History of Indian Cinema
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Bollywood superstar Jackie Shroff visited Bradford to mark the centenary of Indian cinema. Shroff, who has stared in more than 150 films, marked 100 years since the screening of the first Indian feature film, Raja Harishchandra, on May 3, 1913, with a visit to the city. Read the full report and see the video clip.



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15. Education: The National Media Museum, England
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This is the home of the National Photography Collection, an archive that stretches back to before the reign of Queen Victoria. It’s a vast collection containing millions of photographs, ranging from some of the earliest surviving pictures to the hi-tech images we recognise today The National Media Museum has one of the biggest and most important photographic collections in the world.  Visit this site.



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16. Immigration: Retreating White Population of UK
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A “retreat” of white Britons from areas where minorities live is limiting cultural integration; according to research by think tank Demos.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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17. Real Estate: New Real Estate Brokers in Kenya
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Broll Property Group on Friday reported that its African expansion had gained momentum, with the group now active in 15 countries on the continent. The South Africa-headquartered group, which had offices in Ghana, Malawi, Namibia and Nigeria, had opened offices in Mauritius and Rwanda this year, and planned to open another in Kenya by year-end. The new office, opening in August, would be based in Nairobi. The group would search for a joint venture (JV) partner once the new firm is established.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)

 

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Real Estate.



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18. Travel: Autumn at Cape Point Reserve in Cape Town, South Africa
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At Cape Point there are weeks of stable weather, the wind a mere zephyr, the days warm but not overpoweringly so and the evenings just chill enough to require a jersey but not unpleasant. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link (IOL)

 

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on tours of Africa.


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19. Travel: Gorillas in Rwanda
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Rwanda still conjures memories of a genocidal civil war but Louise Healy finds so much more on her silverback safari.  Our travel guide Francis, knowledgeable in the ways of gorillas and particularly the famous Susa family that live in this massive forest bordering Uganda.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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20. Travel: What Makes Air Passengers Happy?
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Does the secret to travel happiness lie in in-flight wi-fi and a smile from your flight attendant? According to a new survey from marketing and forecasting firm JD Power & Associates – it might. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor’s Note:  Don’t forget to visit our web site on Air Travel.



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Photo of the month

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One of our readers sent this photo from NASA showing the beauty of planet Earth's night sky; the arc of the Milky Way and shimmering aurora flow through the night. Click here.


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This month's quote

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"A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught." ~ Thomas A. Kempis (1380-1471)

 

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Book of the Month
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Financial Reforms and Development in China ~ by Siwei Cheng

China has initiated and implemented its economic reforms for over 30 years, however, the comprehensive economic reforms and opening up is still unfolding. The author was a state leader, who has personally engaged in China's economic policy-making process from 1999 to 2008, and is an economist, who has deeply studied and thought over China's financial reform in various aspects. This book summarizes the results of the author's research on China's financial reforms, adopting the fictitious economy theory, in the past 10 years. "Financial Reforms and Development in China" focuses on the developmental process and main features of the fictitious economy; the essence and the law of the fictitious capital (including credit capital, knowledge capital, social capital, etc.); and, the relationship between the fictitious economy and the real economy. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.


 

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