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Edition of 31 August 2003 #126


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Brain Drain from South Africa
2. Business: Can India overtake China?
3. Business: Employment comparisons between USA, Asia & Europe
4. Business: New book on being an Entrepreneur
5. Business: South Africa receives help from the Oppenheimers
6. Business: Trade between South Africa and Kenya
7. Business: Trade between South Africa and the UK
8. Business: Trade in Africa
9. Business: US Firm are upbeat about the South African Economy
10. Business: Unemployment in the UK Drops
11. Environment: Global Warming
12. Environment: Beautiful Cape Town being polluted
13. Environment: Nuclear Power Plant to be built in the beautiful Cape area
14. Immigration: Reform of L-1 Visa Program
15. Immigration: Latest result from the Green Card Lottery
16. Immigration: Moving to Canada
17. Immigration: Moving to England over 200 years ago
18. Immigration: London is now the immigration capital of the world
19. Real Estate: Investing in Property
20. Real Estate: Property in South Africa
21. Real Estate: Subsidized Apartment Search
22. Travel: African Ceremonies
23. Travel: Airline Toll-Free Numbers and Websites
24. Travel: Hong Kong to Cape Town overland?
25. Travel: Take a Cruise on a Cargo Ship
26. Travel: Visiting the Vatican Museums
27. Travel: The Best Views of England
28. Travel: Visiting Yorkshires Mansions
29. Travel: Visiting the Natural History Museum in London


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1. Business: Brain Drain from South Africa
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More than twice the number of people has emigrated from SA since 1994 than official figures from Statistics SA indicated, a seminar on SA's brain drain heard yesterday.

William Blankley, chief research manager of the Human Sciences Research Council, told a seminar on the Immigration Advisory Board that Statistics SA figures showed that since 1994, 12,000 people had emigrated when in fact the number gleaned from the top five destinations for SA emigrants had shown it to be 24,952. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link

 

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2. Business: Can India overtake China?
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What's the fastest route to economic development? Welcome foreign direct investment (FDI), says China, and most policy experts agree.

But a comparison with long-time laggard India suggests that FDI is not the only path to prosperity. Indeed, India's homegrown entrepreneurs may give it a long-term advantage over a China hamstrung by inefficient banks and capital markets. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


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3. Business: Employment comparisons between USA, Asia & Europe
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This chart book focuses on the labor market situation in countries in the 1990s and the most current year for which international comparable data are available.

Each chart includes the United States and selected Asian-Pacific and European countries. Statistical tables compare the gross domestic product (GDP), labor market indicators, competitiveness indicators for manufacturing, and other indicators such as hours worked and taxes.

This report is from the United States Department of Labor. Visit this site.


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4. Business: New book on being an Entrepreneur
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Eric Parker, a founder member of Nando's Chickenland and a partner in the highly successful chain of Seattle coffee shops, is South Africa's acknowledged authority on small business and franchising.

He has now put together an excellent how-to guide for all those individuals who dream about being their own boss, making all the decisions and keeping all the profits. This new guide is called "BE A WINNER: Run your own business and make lots of money." For a complete review of the book, visit our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: For a selection of books on owning your own business, whether to buy a franchise, or go it alone, we suggest you visit Delamere Online Bookshop. Also visit our web page on being an Entrepreneur.


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5. Business: South Africa receives help from the Oppenheimers
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South Africa's most powerful family dynasty, the Oppenheimers, have committed themselves to speeding up black economic empowerment and the transformation of the South African economy. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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6. Business: Trade between South Africa and Kenya
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South African President Thabo Mbeki has pledged to fix his country's trade imbalance with Kenya, promising "greater flows of investment" to his counterpart Mwai Kibaki.

"The trade imbalance between Kenya and South Africa is rather big at 20-to-one in South Africa's favour."

"A great deal needs to be done to encourage greater flows of Kenyan products into the South African market and greater flows of investment from South Africa into Kenya," Mbeki told reporters in Pretoria.

To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link

Editor's Note: To find out how you can help to expand trade in Africa, visit our web page on Global Trade

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7. Business: Trade between South Africa and the UK
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The UK exported around £1.6bn of goods to South Africa last year, which is an increase of more than 4pc over the previous year with key sectors being machinery, road vehicles, telecommunications and sound equipment. The UK was also the largest export market for South African goods in 2001 at over £2.9bn.

South Africa has experienced rapid change since 1994 and there are many social and health challenges for the Government, but with a stable and well-managed economy there are opportunities for UK companies to do business there with a business environment which enables South African companies to grow and develop into world players.

To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our Global Trade Page and especially the British Isles for leads for trade and visiting tips.

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8. Business: Trade in Africa
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Johannesburg - Africa appears to have missed the global trade expansion bandwagon, with growth in imports and exports of both goods and services lagging the world average, a World Trade Organisation (WTO) report shows.

However, the WTO said in its first annual world trade report that South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, had done better than the regional average.

Both exports and imports grew between 2 percent and 3 percent last year - about in line with the global 2.5 percent increase in volumes. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


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9. Business: US Firms are upbeat about the South African Economy
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Johannesburg - American businesses operating in South Africa are more confident about the country's prospects than they were a year ago, according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce.

Although half the respondents felt the economic climate was either excellent or good and only 5 percent thought it poor, the survey showed US firms were concerned about business crime and personal safety, overregulation of black empowerment equity, exchange controls and labour issues.

Last year 28 percent of respondents judged the economic climate to be poor. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


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10. Business: Unemployment in the UK Drops
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Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of people out of work in the three months to June fell by 42,000 to 1,458,000, leaving the jobless rate at 5%.

To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


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11. Environment: Global Warming
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In view of the recent heat waves in the USA and Europe many are asking questions about global warming. Is it happening, is the sea level rising, definitions of the greenhouse effect, the relationship of El Niños and global warming, and sources for more information?

These are question answered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Visit this link.

Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet

Editor's Note: For more information on environmental issues visit our web page on the Environment, which outlines what you can do to help.


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12. Environment: Beautiful Cape Town being polluted
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A R1.6-million study has been launched in Cape Town to analyse the physical and chemical composition of the brown haze there.

The study will advise the Cape Town Municipality in its choice of corrective measures in this regard, with respect to air quality management and planning decisions. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


Editor's Note: We have just received some excellent digital photographs of the recent storms on the coast of Cape Town; if you would like copies please contact us.


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13. Environment: Nuclear Power Plant to be built in the beautiful Cape area
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Cape Town - The battle against plans to build a nuclear plant in the Western Cape will rage until at least the end of the year amid growing opposition and calls for explanations on why the government has apparently favoured nuclear power over gas.

Environmental affairs and tourism minister Mohammed Valli Moosa last week extended by 30 days the deadline for the submission of appeals against his decision to approve the favourable environmental impact assessment evaluation of the experimental pebble bed nuclear plant.

To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link


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14. Immigration: Reform of L-1 Visa Program
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At a Capitol Hill hearing this week, the Information Technology Association of America released a paper that urges reform of the controversial L-1 visa program.

The ITAA seeks to prevent misuse of L-1 visas, which some IT workers say have cost them their jobs.

"The L-1 program is critically important to U.S. multinational information technology firms as they compete globally," ITAA President Harris Miller said in a statement released along with the report titled "Proposed Guidance on L-1B Specialized Knowledge." To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on how to use this L-1 visa to enter the US.


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15. Immigration: Latest result from the Green Card Lottery
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It is always with great interest that many of our readers and clients scrutinize the figures related to the Green Card Lottery, released by the US Department of State each year.

Some will be sad when they see that their name is not on the list of 50,000 winners just released, but some are elated with joy and excitement as they suddenly realized that they are a winner in this "Lottery" and have been approved to take up permanent residence in the USA.

Whether you approve of the US Government scheme or not, it is planned to continue, and now is the time to prepare for the placing of your name in the next Green Card Lottery, due next year 2004. The latest figures show that Africa had many winners, South Africa receiving 413, but Kenya receiving a whopping 5,721 this year, many of them readers of this Newsletter. To read the full list, go to our NEWS DESK link

Editor's Note: Visit our web page on the Green Card Lottery.


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16. Immigration: Moving to Canada
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For many people, buying a property is an administrative and nerve-racking nightmare. And you wouldn't expect any dispute about that from Chris and Penny Stewart-Smith, who are in the process of emigrating to Canada.

Their move to Vancouver has taken months of financial planning, racked up £3,000 in bills, caused sleepless nights and forced them to assess their savings, jobs and home in a bid to present a watertight case to immigration authorities.

To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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17. Immigration: Moving to England over 200 years ago
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Though it can truly be said that during the nineteenth and most of the twentieth centuries that "the sun never set on the British Empire," the story of those who came to Britain from various far-flung corners of the Commonwealth is sometimes overlooked.

This lovely archive of documents, images, and first-hand narratives celebrates and explores why people came to Britain, along with looking at the current experiences of these various groups today.

Culled from over 30 local, national, and regional museums and libraries around Britain, the site primarily looks at the Caribbean, Irish, Jewish and South Asian communities. First-time visitors will want to begin by looking at the migration histories area, which contains detailed portraits of these communities, illuminated by first-hand accounts, digitized primary documents, and sound clips.

Without a doubt, the most moving part of the site is the stories section, where fellow travelers have submitted their own personal migration stories, accompanied in many cases by family photographs and other visual materials. Visit this site

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003

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18. Immigration: London is now the immigration capital of the world
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London has become the immigration capital of the world, according to a report in the Economist.

The study states that migration to London rose from about 25,000 people a year in the early 1990s to 125,000 last year. Meanwhile, migration out of London increased from about 50,000 a year in the 1990s to 100,000.

In 2001 migration to London amounted to 28 people per 1,000 inhabitants, compared with 12 to New York and 26 to Los Angeles.

Editor's Note: The Economist article is online (subscription required) click here


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19. Real Estate: Investing in Property
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Depending on what you do, you can make money by owning property directly, while the value of stock exchange investments are influenced by trends beyond your control.

This was the message from Francois Viruly, a property economist, at a recent meeting of the NBS/Independent on Saturday Investors Club in Durban. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


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20. Real Estate: Property in South Africa
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Residential property price increases have been higher in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Free State than in the rest of the country.


Average house prices rose by 19% annualised - 10.3% in real terms - to about R418 300 during the past quarter, after recording an increase of 16% in the first three months of the year.

And they're likely to continue rising at around 18% per year for the rest of 2003.

The bad news, however, is that at the top end of the market luxury home prices slumped 5.7% in value in real terms, though they nominally rose 1.7%.

This emerges from Absa Bank's residential property market quarterly report, which is calculated on the basis of the total purchase price of houses in the 80m²-400m² size category, valued at R1.5m or less, for which Absa has approved mortgage finance. Figures for the luxury end of the market are based on mortgages for R1.5bn plus approved by the bank.

Top performers were: KwaZulu-Natal where annualised prices rose 36.7%, with Durban Pinetown prices up 35.6%; the Eastern Cape at 25.2%, with Port Elizabeth/Uitenhage prices up 23%; and Free State where the average home increased 20.9% in value. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link


Editor's Note: Visit our web page on Buying and Investing in Property.

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21. Real Estate: Subsidized Apartment Search
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The housing choice voucher program is the USA federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

This site provides a searchable database of subsidized housing units, also known as Section 8 housing. Search by location (state, county, city), housing type, and number of bedrooms. This service is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet

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22. Travel: African Ceremonies
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Photographs of Sacred Rituals in Tribal Cultures. Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher's lifelong commitment to photographing the vanishing rituals and customs of tribal African cultures culminates in their monumental masterwork, African Ceremonies.

This site features a gallery of photos from the book, as well as information about related African charities and foundations developed by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher to assist nomadic pastoral peoples during times of drought and to fund research about African ceremonies.

Many of our readers who follow African ventures and travel will enjoy this site. Visit this site.


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23. Travel: Airline Toll-Free Numbers and Websites
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This is a useful travel tool, which is an alphabetical list of domestic and international airline Web sites.

Most links also include a toll-free 800 number. In addition, over a dozen links provide many resources for domestic and world travelers needing information on exchange rates, travel warnings, airline meals and seats, flight tracking, and other tidbits. Visit this site.

Editor's Note: This useful travel tool is placed on our Travel Page along with other excellent tools, which makes travel that little bit easier. Visit our Travel Tools page.


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24. Travel: Hong Kong to Cape Town overland?
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"Journey to Forever" is a pioneering expedition by a small, mobile NGO (Non-Government Organization) involved in environment and rural development work, starting from Hong Kong and traveling 40,000 kilometers through 26 countries in Asia and Africa to Cape Town, South Africa.

We shall keep you up to date with the progress and interesting incidents of this journey of a lifetime. To read the full account, visit this link

Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet


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25. Travel: Take a Cruise on a Cargo Ship
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One of our agents in New Zealand recently enjoyed a marvelous cruise on a cargo ship from Australia to Europe and they had an experience of a lifetime. Read the full report; go to our NEWS DESK link.

For more information on Cruises, visit our Travel web page, or contact us by e-mail at mailto:DelamereTravel@delamere-international.com


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26. Travel: Visiting the Vatican Museums
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Vatican Museums. With some of the most exquisite frescoes in Europe, the Vatican created this Web site that highlights some of their remarkable holdings, many of which are situated within the various rooms of the Apostolic Palace.

As many travelers may be unable to wait in the seemingly endless lines that are a hallmark of visiting the Vatican, the site offers a nice overview of some of the works that have been commissioned by different popes over the past five hundred years.

In the "Vatican Museums Online" section, visitors can browse through the various rooms, including the Sistine Chapel, the Ethnological Missionary Museum, and the Gregorian Egyptian Museum. Visitors may also take a virtual tour of each room, aided by a Java interface that includes a zoom and scroll feature.


Additionally, a highlights section features 30 works of great importance within the Vatican, among them the works of Raphael, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. Visit this site


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27. Travel: The Best Views of England
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Ancient water meadows in Avon Valley will be preserved by a £100,000 grant over the next ten years. They were voted best view in Britain in a Country Life Magazine poll in 2002.

The meadows, made famous in John Constable's painting 'Salisbury Cathedral - A View from the Water Meadow', is managed by the Harnham Water Meadows Trust and owned by the Trust and the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral. To see these views for yourself and read more about this report, go to our NEWS DESK link

To subscribe to the Country Life Magazine click here

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28. Travel: Visiting Yorkshires Mansions
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Celebrating 300 years of Women and the Yorkshire Country House, county-wide special exhibitions project 2004.

Where did the real power and influence lie in the great houses of Yorkshire?
Contrary to popular opinion, maintaining these huge households was never exclusively a male preserve, very often the social, domestic and artistic identity of these houses was determined by the women who lived and worked in them.


In 2004 a series of interlinked exhibitions across seven of Yorkshire's greatest country houses will highlight the lives and achievements of the female occupants of these establishments. To read this intriguing report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: My wife and daughter particularly enjoyed reading this report, and now rub my nose in these revealing facts.


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29. Travel: Visiting the Natural History Museum in London
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Britain has at times been referred to as "a nation of gardeners," so the Web browsing public should not be taken unawares to read that the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Garden, in London has developed a Web site that is both pleasing to the eye and rather informative as well.

For those planning a visit to London, there is information about the hours and operation of the garden itself, along with details about the various scientific work conducted there on a regular basis.

The Habitats section offers a brief overview (along with some nice photos) of each of the major regions represented in the Garden's grounds. Those covered here include the chalk down land, lowland heath, oak woodland, and that most British of environments, the hedgerow.

Perhaps the most entertaining section of the site is the interactive area, where visitors can listen to bats flying over the garden, peruse a gallery of lovely images, and examine a pictorial record of the garden during the year 2000. Visit this Site

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003

 

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This month's quote
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"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity." ~ George Bernard Shaw

 

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