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Edition of 1 March 2019 # 313

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Nation Builder (ZA.South Africa)

Our organization is passionate about our country, recognises its immense potential and is committed to investing – responsibly, generously and strategically - in the future of our nation. Nation Builder is a campaign aimed at harnessing the collective power and influence of businesses, NGOs, government and individuals to affect positive change by responsibly supporting credible organisations that are making a significant contribution to our nation’s future. A strong nation will only be built if we move away from a compliance mentality and recognize the interdependence between business, wealth, economic empowerment, social development and a thriving, stable society. Visit our site.

 

IN THIS ISSUE

 

  1. Business: Cape Town the Gateway to Africa?
  2. Business: Economic Woes of Zimbabwe
  3. Business: Is Cryptocurrency a Sophisticated Pyramid Scheme?
  4. Business: How to Apply for a Small Business Loan
  5. Business: South African Economy in Big Trouble
  6. Business: Unemployment in South Africa
  7. Business: Warning to Our Clients of Narcotic Trafficking
  8. Education: British History Resources
  9. Education: Open Education Consortium
  10. Education: United Nations Audiovisual Library
  11. Travel: Visit to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California, USA

 

 

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1. Business: Cape Town the Gateway to Africa?
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Corporate real estate investment continues to gravitate towards gateway cities, according to recent research by JLL released during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  South Africa’s top three cities – Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, are no exception, providing an economic anchor on the African continent. According to recent research released by JLL during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, gateway cities continue to top global real estate investment. South Africa’s top three cities are no exception, providing an economic anchor on the African continent. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)


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2. Business: Economic Woes of Zimbabwe
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Zimbabweans have transitioned into 2019 on the back of mounting economic woes and growing demands by industry for the adoption of the US dollar amid a renewed push by the opposition for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to dialogue with MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa. Consumers and corporates in Zimbabwe have had to do with price increases and other companies moving into price products in dollars. The central bank had to intervene and pledge to avail forex to avert Anheuser-Busch InBev’s associate in Zimbabwe, Delta Corporation, selling its products in dollars. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Zimbabwe.

 

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3. Business: Is Cryptocurrency a Sophisticated Pyramid Scheme?
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The South African Reserve Bank has no plans to recognise cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, which has created frenzy around the world. Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said cryptocurrency did not meet any requirements of a currency and described it as a sophisticated pyramid scheme. “There’s no such thing as cryptocurrency. A currency must meet the following criteria, it must be recognised as a store of value, it must be accepted as medium of change and these crypto things are not. They are only valid amongst the people who think they are clever, that they have got a head start in a convoluted sophisticated pyramid scheme,” he said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

 

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4. Business: How to Apply for a Small Business Loan
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Are you thinking about securing a loan to start, grow or expand your business? Take SBA's free self-paced training course to learn how to prepare a loan package. This course is designed to provide a basic overview of loan packaging. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are interested in borrowing money to start, grow or expand their businesses. Visit this site.

Editor’s Note: Visit our web page on Business Loans.

 

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5. Business: South African Economy in Big Trouble
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Finance minister Tito Mboweni painted a bleak picture of SA’s ballooning debt as he announced a massive cash injection into embattled state-owned entity (SOE) Eskom. “Weak economic performance and residual problems in tax administration have resulted in large revenue shortfalls. The deteriorating financial position of state-owned companies has put additional pressure on the public finances,” the Treasury said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Business: Unemployment in South Africa
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Figures released by Statistics South Africa show that there were 6.1 million people without jobs in the three months to the end of December 2018. South Africa’s unemployment remains one of the highest in the world despite some improvement in the fourth quarter of 2018. Figures released by Statistics South Africa show that there were 6.1 million people without jobs in the three months to the end of December 2018. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (SABC)

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web page on Employment.

 

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7. Business: Warning to Our Clients of Narcotic Trafficking
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Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Indian national Jasmeet Hakimzada as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  OFAC also designated two Indian nationals and four entities registered in India or the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that form part of the narcotics trafficking organization run by Jasmeet Hakimzada. Read the full report from U.S. Government Treasury, click here.

 

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8. Education: British History Resources
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Fans and scholars of British history may appreciate Connected Histories, a nonprofit project that enables its visitors to conduct sophisticated web searches through more than two dozen digital history databases and archives simultaneously. Spanning the years 1500 -1900, examples of the resources in Connected Histories include British Museum Images (with nearly 100,000 images related to early modern Britain), the Convict Transportation Registers Database (containing government records on more than 123,000 convicts who were transported to Australia between 1787 and 1867), and the Newton Project (an online edition of Sir Isaac Newton's complete published and unpublished writings). Visitors may also want to check out this project's guides, which offer brief discussions and search strategies for using Connected Histories to research nine different areas of history, such as parliamentary history, family history, and searching for images. While most of the resources in Connected Histories are free for everyone, a few require subscriptions or are only free in the UK. Connected Histories was created collaboratively by the University of Hertfordshire, the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, and the University of Sheffield. Launched in 2011, Connected Histories occasionally continues to add new content. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2019

 

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9. Education: Open Education Consortium
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The nonprofit Open Education Consortium (OEC) describes itself as a "global, member-based network of open education institutions and organizations" with a mission to "promote, support and advance openness in education around the world." Among its activities, every year the OEC hosts and coordinates Open Education Week (which, this year takes place from March 4-8, 2019), the Open Education Global Conference, and the Open Education Awards for Excellence, which highlight exceptional people as well as outstanding resources, tools, and practices in open education. Visitors to the OEC website can find links to open education resources, such as curriculum materials and webinars for open education practitioners, and information on the consortium's projects, including a collection of interviews with faculty and administrators on "the impact that open education projects and practice have had on their institutions." The OEC is based in Massachusetts and currently boasts well over 200 member organizations in more than 40 countries worldwide, including MIT, Open University Netherlands, and the University of Cape Town. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2019

 

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10. Education: United Nations Audiovisual Library
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Throughout its history, the United Nations has produced thousands of multimedia materials, many of which are archived online in the UN Audiovisual Library. This resource provides public access to the UN's extensive audio, film, and video collections going back as far as the 1920s. These collections include over 200 UN radio classics, which features speeches by notable figures such as Maya Angelou, who in 1996 recited her poem "Human Family" at the meeting for the UN Development Fund for Women's Achievement Awards, and Nelson Mandela, who addressed the General Assembly in 1990 with a speech about his fight against apartheid four years before he was elected president of South Africa. Those interested in downloading audio files from this archive may register for a free account, but it should be noted that only low-quality audio files can be downloaded for free. The Audiovisual Library also includes large amounts of both historical and contemporary video recordings, such as archival footage documenting activities of the League of Nations in the aftermath of World War I, as well as current "audio and video recordings of daily meetings and events coverage" with new material added frequently. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2019

 

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11. Travel: Visit to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California, USA
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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is the last in a long string of redwood parks that stretch up Northern California's coast. A few miles inland from the ocean, the park is densely forested with huge ancient trees. In fact, it contains seven percent of all the old-growth redwoods left in the world. No roads or trails mark "Jed Smith's" core—just pure, primeval majesty. The park was named for Jedediah Strong Smith, who in the 1820s became the first white man to explore the interior of northern California. The park was established in 1929 with a small parcel donated to Save the Redwoods League by the family of lumberman Frank Stout. Visit this site.

Editor’s Note: Visit our web page on Tours of America.

 

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Photo of the Month
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Sometimes land and sky are both busy and beautiful. The landscape pictured in the foreground encompasses Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA, famous for its many interesting rock structures eroded over millions of years. The skyscape above, photogenic in its own right, encompasses the arching central disk of our Milky Way Galaxy, streaks that include three passing airplanes.  Visit this site.

 

 

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This month's quote

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"Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.” ~ Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)

 

 

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Book of the Month
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Going for Growth: How to Grow Your Business Without Outgrowing the Home - (New book release in the Delamere International Bookshop).

 

You've joined record numbers of people in starting a business and now you're looking to grow. But you don't want the kind of growth that comes with borrowing money, employing people, or moving to pricey offices. This book has been written for you. It looks at how to grow the business without (metaphorically speaking) outgrowing the home. It offers five ways to increase sales and profit, without overly increasing overhead and cost. The pages are filled with stories of businesses growing in this modern way, and a map to follow their lead. Going for Growth: How to Grow Your Business Without Outgrowing the Home


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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