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Edition of 1 May 2020 # 327

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Recession for Sub-Sahara Africa
  2. Business: Realize Your Dream!
  3. Business & Real Estate: Desperation of Housing in South Africa
  4. Business & Travel: South African Airways (RIP)
  5. Business: When America Sneezes, the World Catches a Cold?
  6. Business: Increasing Black on Black Racism in South Africa?
  7. Education: History of Textiles
  8. Education: “Learning in War Time”
  9. Education: The History of London in the 17th-century
  10. Travel & News: South African Airways to be Finally Liquidated
  11. Travel & Education: Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle, England

 

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1. Business: Recession for Sub-Sahara Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa will post its first recession in 25 years as the corona virus pandemic brings economies to a halt and disrupts global trade, the World Bank said. “The Covid-19 pandemic is testing the limits of societies and economies across the world, and African countries are likely to be hit particularly hard,” Hafez Ghanem, World Bank Vice President for Africa, said in a statement accompanying the report. The growth downgrade is based on risks including a sharp decline in output in key trading partners, such as China and the euro area, falling commodity prices, reduced tourism, and measures taken to contain the virus, the World Bank said. It estimates the virus outbreak will cost sub-Saharan Africa between $37 billion and $79 billion in output losses due to disruption to trade and value chains, reduced foreign investment and aid. The pandemic is also hitting the region’s three biggest economies — Nigeria, South Africa and Angola — at a time when growth was already weak and oil prices and other commodities have declined, the World Bank said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business: Realize Your Dream!
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Now is the time to rekindle that dream. You've dreamt of getting that business off the ground and doing something big and finally taking control of your destiny. Now is the time to make it happen. No matter what you've dreamt up, we've got skilled freelancers who can make it a reality.  Contact the Delamere Group and we will help you to take your first step of making your life a success.  Visit our webpage at this link.

 

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3. Business & Real Estate: Desperation of Housing in South Africa
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The attention of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was drawn to media reports about the demolition of shacks as well as brick and mortar houses in Lawley Extensions 4 and 5, in Gauteng (Transvaal). The Commission’s Gauteng Provincial Head visited the area on Monday, the 20th April 2020 in order to obtain a first-hand account of what happened to the affected residents. Following this intervention, the Commission engaged the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg as well as the Acting Head of Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) this morning, Tuesday, 21st April 2020 and thanks to human compassion to halt all demolitions. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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4. Business & Travel: South African Airways (RIP)
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The business rescue practitioners of the embattled South African Airways have issued retrenchment proposals to more than 4 700 staff members.  This was confirmed on Saturday by Louise Brugnan, the spokesperson for the struggling airline’s business rescue practitioners. She stressed that the letters were proposals and there had yet to be a signed agreement. “We are trying to lay off everyone,” said Brugnan in a telephonic interview. “The government has already said they will no longer support the business rescue process, so we are looking for the best outcome for the staff through this process, we are trying to get the best outcome for them,” she said. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (IOL)

 

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5. Business: When America Sneezes, the World Catches a Cold?
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During the recent collapse in global economic activity as a result of COVID-19, and along with it a crash in the stock-markets, many have hoped for a “V-shaped” recovery. This means that the quick fall in economic activity caused by lock-down measures would be followed by a quick recovery as lock-downs are eased and economies begin to open up again.  But will this actual occur?  If you are a student of world affairs, you may know the phrase “when America sneezes, the world catches a cold.” What the phrase means, of course, is that as a global leader, other nations tend to follow America. We advice all of our readers to absorb this report in the South African press. Click here.

 

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6. Business: Increasing Black on Black Racism in South Africa?
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A strange event occurred on April 23rd. Tito Mboweni was due to tell the press the details of the R500 billion relief programme handed out by the World Bank. And, indeed, a dull and boring statement was duly released to the press. But it had nothing in common with Mboweni's outburst to the press in which he not only reiterated the government's determination that a shiny new airline must emerge from the wreckage of SAA, but in which he went on a rant about the prevalence of Zimbabweans and Malawians among the waiters and waitresses of the restaurants he patronized. In 1990, when he had first returned from exile, 90% of the waitrons were South Africans, he averred, but now foreigners had an almost 100% monopoly of restaurant jobs. This was unacceptable and in future any relief given to such businesses would be conditional upon their having a South-Africans-first labour policy. This was sheer nativism, though of course Mboweni was careful to avoid that word. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (PoliticsWeb)

 

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7. Education: History of Textiles
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Dumbarton Oaks’ collection of Byzantine and early Islamic textiles have never been systematically published. The objects, which include major monuments like Hestia Polyolbus, range in date from the second to the seventeenth century and emerged from the textile-making traditions of Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indian subcontinent, and the Byzantine heartlands. We look back on the legacy of the Dumbarton Oaks’ collections and our institution’s mission to publish the complete holdings of the Byzantine Collection. And we look forward to the possibilities of digital cataloguing formats in making scholarly research and publications timely, accessible, and connective. Visit this site.

Editor’s Note:  This information is also quoted in a new book being published soon by the “MTC International Foundation” titled, “The Birth, Life and Death of King Cotton” © the third book of a trilogy.  For more information contact our editor or visit this page.

 

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8. Education: “Learning in War Time”
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Many of our readers and clients of the Delamere Group have expressed their feeling that dealing with the current situation of the ‘corona virus’ is similar to the world being at war; not against each other but against an invisible enemy.  And indeed it truly is! We are reminded of an event in history that writer, C.S. Lewis, famous for his book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) ascended the pulpit of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford, England. From there he delivered to the university’s students his now-famous sermon “Learning in War-Time.” It was, of course, quite an extraordinary time to be a college student in England. Less than two months earlier, on September 3, the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany after Hitler had invaded British ally Poland.  To read more about Lewis, visit this site, click here.


Editor’s Note:  Clive Staples Lewis is also famous for his quote, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”  A magnificent film was made about the life of C. S. Lewis called Shadowlands starring Anthony Hopkins as Lewis and Debra Winger as his wife Joy, a film not to be missed. The film recalls his life and short marriage in 1956 to Joy Gresham, who died of cancer after four short years of a warm relationship with Clive.

 

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9. Education: The History of London in the 17th-century
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Transport yourself to 17th-century London with The Diary of Samuel Pepys, a daily diary kept by "increasingly-important" civil servant Samuel Pepys from 1660 to 1670, where he writes about everything from his business meetings to his wife's beauty and going out to the theatre. Readers looking for a brief overview may wish to begin with the Summary of Pepys's diary under The Diary tab, before browsing the full text of Pepys's diary by date (under All Entries). There is also a Letters section containing correspondances to and from Peyps. Readers can learn more about Pepys's world with the In-depth Articles on topics like "The Garden at the Navy Office." After exploring for a while, users may find that familiar people, places, and events regularly crop up. To better understand these, look to The Encyclopedia, a reference point for "5,077 people, places and things," from Peyps's time, offering contextual significance and history. The Encyclopedia also includes the Pepys family tree and a Map with markers denoting places mentioned in Pepys's diary. The site is run by Phil Gyford, a web designer and actor, with help from Project Gutenberg where the full text of Peyps's diary was sourced. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2020

 

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10. Travel & News: South African Airways to be Finally Liquidated
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South African Airways, almost a century old, seems to have reached the end of the runway. Discussions that took place yesterday between the Public Enterprises Department, SAA’s rescue practitioners, and workers unions suggest that the airline is on the verge of being liquidated. South African Airways seems to have reached the end of the line. Despite clinging on to life for the past few months, the airline is now just days away from either being wound down slowly or liquidated quickly, depending on the actions of its 4,700 employees. This would make way for a new national carrier; one which it is hoped will provide jobs for the many who are set to lose out with the closure of SAA. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor’s Note:  In the opinion of many of our readers, this plan of a new airline using the same management and staff is doomed from day one. This tragedy is not allowing for another airline, SA Express that is nearing the end of its 26-year existence and is set to be the first state-owned enterprise (SOE) to be abandoned by a cash-strapped government that has run out of fiscal room for bailouts. The airline, which owes creditors more than R2bn, was placed under provisional liquidation at the high court in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Who is next?

 

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11. Travel & Education: Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle, England
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Although Windsor Castle is currently closed to visitors, we’re still here bringing you some of the most fascinating stories and objects from 1,000 years of history. This month we’re exploring one of Windsor’s largest and grandest rooms, the magnificent Waterloo Chamber. Did you know that Windsor Castle was built as a fortress in the 11th century but over time became a palace and royal residence? From William the Conqueror to The Queen, discover nearly 1,000 years of history in our interactive timeline.  To see these brilliant video clips and a 360 view of this Chamber, click here.

 

 

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Photo of the Month
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This past month, in view of St. Patrick’s Day, we highlight for our readers a series of recent photos of Castles that exist in Ireland. Enjoy this slide show and maybe one day you also can enjoy a trip to this Green Isle.  Click here

 

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This month's quote

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"Don't try to change people. Make a realistic decision about where they fit in your life based on who they are, not who you want them to be." ~ Hugh Cholmondeley, 2nd Lord Delamere

 

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Book of the Month
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African Kaiser ~ by Robert Gaudi

Anyone interested in 20th-century culture is bound to spend some time thinking about World War I. Yet while most of us are aware of the horrors of trench combat and the thousands lying dead in Flanders fields where poppies blow, what about the war outside Europe? What about German East Africa?  To read the book review, click here. To to read more about this great book, visit our Delamere Bookshop to read more about this new book release. African Kaiser: General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918


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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