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The Delamere International Newsletter ©

Edition of 1 September 2005 #151


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IN THIS ISSUE

1. Business: Buying Thoroughbred Horses a Good Investment
2. Business: China Helps Kenya to Expand its Economy
3. Business: Fewer Whites now live in Zimbabwe
4. Business: Film Industry in South Africa
5. Business: Update on Zimbabwe farmers who moved to Nigeria
6. Education: Attending a private college in Beijing
7. Education: Medical Research Protests
8. Education: British Open University
9. Immigration: Australia launches program to recruit more workers
10. Real Estate: South African Housing Report
11. Travel: Elephant Parks in Kenya
12. Travel: Nairobi National Park, Is it doomed?
13. Travel: Sad loss for the Delamere Group

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1. Business: Buying Thoroughbred Horses a Good Investment
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Johannesburg - The average price of the 325 horse sold at the Two-Year-Old Sale at the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association sales complex at Gosforth Park on the past weekend increased by 27.56 percent over last year to R23 657 million. The average price was R72 791 - 38.94 percent up on the R52 390 average last year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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2. Business: China Helps Kenya to Expand its Economy
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China, eager to boost economic links with Africa, has handed Kenya $34.32 million in aid, mainly to modernize its ailing state-run power company. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our web page for business and trade in Kenya. Click here.


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3. Business: Fewer Whites now live in Zimbabwe
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Fewer than 50 000 whites remain in Zimbabwe, down from a peak of 293 000 under white rule, according to an analysis of the most recent census published in a state-run newspaper. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our web page for business and trade in Zimbabwe. Click here.


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4. Business: Film Industry in South Africa
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Less than a decade ago, the Western Cape region of South Africa was considered a relatively small-time player in the big-time world of movie making. Today it is the fifth busiest production destination in the world, and according to the Cape Film Commission, generates an estimated R2 billion per annum.

Its closest competitors in the features and television movie making category are Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Since 1994 the industry in the Western Cape has grown from 5 production companies and 50 crew to 150 production companies and 1 650 skilled suppliers. Five feature films were made here in 2001 compared to 37 in 2004. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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5. Business: Update on Zimbabwe farmers who moved to Nigeria
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More than 3,000 white Zimbabwean farmers have been forced off their land in recent years, as President Robert Mugabe tries to "Africanise" agriculture. To see the latest photos from the BBC, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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6. Education: Attending a private college in Beijing
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As China continues to surge onto the global economic stage, it is undergoing one of the most ambitious higher education expansions in the world. Spurred by a government call in the late 1990s to build world-class universities and broaden access to the masses, the country is prying open the doors of institutions that formerly served a narrow elite. It's pouring money into research, welcoming private, and broadening the curriculum to ensure that its grads stay on top in a knowledge-based world economy. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor's Note: The Delamere Group plans to open a private college in Beijing in the near future, to be known as the Beijing Academy, and will present business courses related to small business, investing, travel, plus other important business skills. Sign up for our Newsletter to keep up to date.



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7. Education: Medical Research Protests
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A farm in England is to stop breeding guinea pigs for medical research after intimidation by animal rights activists. Campaigners who have legitimately picketed the farm over recent years said they would continue their protest until the guinea pig breeding operation officially closed at the end of the year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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8. Education: British Open University
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The Open University and the BBC have teamed up to create this very informative online learning portal that draws on the strengths of both organizations. The site contains several primary sections, including those dedicated to providing online learning content, discussion forums, and broadcast programs on television and radio.

The learning section of the site includes a section where visitors can learn how to make their own catapult and find out about the geology of the British Isles. In the "Open2 Today" area, visitors can learn about the programs featured that day. The moderated discussion forums also provide access to additional debate and discussion on topics brought up by some of the primary programs, including those on the English language and migratory birds. Visit this site.


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9. Immigration: Australia launches program to recruit more workers
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The Department of Immigration is launching a worldwide hunt for 20,000 skilled migrants to fill job vacancies, in the biggest push of its kind since the 1960s.

The Department of Immigration is organising a series of work expos in London, Berlin, Chennai and Amsterdam.

Department spokesman Abdul Rizvi says the expos will target workers with skills in areas including engineering, traditional trades, the health sector and accounting. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor's Note: Visit our page on Australia, plus our Immigration Update pages.


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10. Real Estate: South African Housing Report
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THE latest data on building plans passed and residential buildings completed for the first six months of 2005 in South Africa point to a sharp 43.5% drop in the number of lower-income, smaller houses completed. The report also highlights greater demand for higher-density residential developments like townhouses and flats, rather than for stand-alone houses. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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11. Travel: Elephant Parks in Kenya
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Kenya has begun moving 400 elephants from one national park, Shimba Hills, to a larger one, Tsavo East National Park, in what it calls the biggest transport of animals "since Noah's Ark". To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 


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12. Travel: Nairobi National Park, Is it doomed?
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Giraffe nibbles lazily at an acacia tree. Buffalos graze on the plains. Tourists with binoculars scan for hippos in streams running down wooded hills.

It may look like a typical view of an idyllic African safari -- but Nairobi National Park is rather different. Just yards behind the safari park outside the Kenyan capital, factories belch grey smoke into the sky while a slum pushes ever closer to the fence.

Aircraft roar over the park from a nearby airport, though there is barely a rustle from the animals below, so used are they to noise pollution. On the other side, where the park melds into the plains of the Rift Valley, hundreds of homesteads dot the landscape, blocking the migration in and out for thousands of wild animals. As it approaches its 60th anniversary in 2006, campaigners warn that Nairobi National Park one of Africa's oldest and most unique may soon go out of existence if the urban sprawl continues and tourists are put off by falling animal numbers. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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13. Travel: Sad loss for the Delamere Group
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The British owner of a safari camp in Kenya was shot dead this month when he tried to help one of his security guards who had been taken hostage by robbers.

John Goldson, 69, a personal friend of our "senior partner" was hit in the chest as he approached the gang in the car park of his up market tented camp on Tuesday night. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


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This month's quote
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"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them". ~ Mark Twain



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