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Edition of 1 September 2012 #235

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IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Business: Central banks Buying More Gold
  2. Business: China National Gold Push into Africa
  3. Business: Does South Africa Need USA Assistance?
  4. Business: Future of BRICS & AGOA
  5. Business: Future of Chinese Investment in Kenya
  6. Business: IBM Research Lab in Kenya
  7. Business: Improving Trade Between Africa & USA
  8. Business: Investing in Africa
  9. Business & Education: Somalia Failed Country or a Fantasy?
  10. Business & Travel: South Sudan New International Airline
  11. Business & Environment: Zimbabwe Facing Massive Famine
  12. Education & Travel: Background to the Continent of Africa
  13. Education & Business: Skills Training Centre Opens in Cape Town
  14. Education: Caribbean Journal of a Royal Navy Seaman – 1798
  15. Education: Education in South Africa
  16. Education: USDA Center for Nutrition
  17. Travel & Education: American Railroad Journal
  18. Real Estate & Travel: Your Next Visit to Cape Town - Woodstock is a Must!



 

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1. Business: Central banks Buying More Gold
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Central banks and European investors bought more gold in the second quarter of the year, the latest World Gold Council (WGC) gold demand trends report shows. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  If you are interested in investing in gold, visit our webpage on this subject.

 

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2. Business: China National Gold Push into Africa
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China National Gold Corp is leading a drive offshore to help meet soaring demand for gold at home by considering a bid for the African unit of Barrick Gold, the world's No.1 producer. If state-owned China National Gold makes a bid for all of African Barrick, it would rank as the biggest Chinese deal in Africa since China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corp's $3.37-billion takeover of uranium developer Kalahari Minerals and its partner, Extract Resources, in Namibia earlier this year. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media) More news, click here.

 


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3. Business: Does South Africa Need USA Assistance?
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USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to SA is a useful reminder of an important but increasingly tricky relationship. The grass roots of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) political support base is hostile to the US for reasons that are largely irrational. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Also read this additional report. Click here.

 

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4. Business: Future of BRICS & AGOA
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South Africa’s membership of the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India and China should not prejudice its future inclusion as a beneficiary of the market-access benefits that would flow from any extension of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) beyond September 30, 2015, a senior US government official said on Monday. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Read our page regarding investment in South Africa.

 

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5. Business: Future of Chinese Investment in Kenya
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Hundreds of Kenyan traders took to the streets of Nairobi on Thursday, accusing Chinese dealers of abusing tourist visas to come into the country and peddle cheap wares. Scores of large Chinese corporations have moved into the East African country, and other parts of the continent, to build factories and roads and extract its oil and minerals. The Kenyan traders said the big businesses had been followed by thousands of small Chinese dealers who got tourist visas, then headed out to the streets to push anything from milk to electronics. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (BD Live)

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

 

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6. Business: IBM Research Lab in Kenya
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The International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation has opened its first research lab in Nairobi making Kenya the premier location for IBM labs in the continent. The Research Lab, collaboration between the Kenya government and IBM East Africa, will contribute immensely to the country's national priorities as part of Kenya's Vision 2030 Agenda.  To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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7. Business: Improving Trade Between Africa & USA
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President Barack Obama's administration, criticized for not doing enough to boost trade with Africa in the face of rising competition from China, has taken steps in recent months to address those concerns and plans to do more. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

Editor’s Note:  Visit our web pages on Africa.

 

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8. Business: Investing in Africa
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Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe has called on the South African private sector to take advantage of the abundant investment opportunities that exist in various African countries. Thabethe was on a visit to Megratron Federal Company in Chloorkop, near Tembisa, in Ekurhuleni. Megratron is a power generation, transmission and distribution company. The company is involved in a $150-million project in Burundi to establish two hydroelectric plants. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (Creamer Media)



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9. Business & Education:  Somalia Failed Country or a Fantasy?
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United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has hailed the endorsement of Somalia's new constitution as a "historic achievement". The militant Islamist group al-Shabab occupies significant parts of Somalia, and carries out attacks in Mogadishu and other places no longer under its full control. Another problem with the constitution is that contentious issues remain unresolved, including the status of Mogadishu, and the allocation of power and resources between the centre and the regions. This is where ferocious arguments are likely to develop, and possibly lead to armed conflict. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.



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


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10. Business & Travel: South Sudan New International Airline
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The world's newest nation South Sudan is looking for an international company to help run its national airline in a public-private partnership and hopes to choose a firm after about a month, a senior transport official said. South Sudan split from Sudan over a year ago after decades of civil war that left the new nation with almost no industry or infrastructure outside of the oil sector. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link (Creamer Media)

 

Editor's Note:  Visit our web page on South Sudan.



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11. Business & Environment: Zimbabwe Facing Massive Famine
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Zimbabwe: Over 1.6 Million People In Need Of Food Assistance. The United Nations food agency says hunger is worsening in Zimbabwe after erratic rains, shortages of seeds and fertilizer and “poor agricultural practices” in the troubled economy led to a reduction in fields planted with the main staple foods. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link. (WFP)

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

 

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12. Education & Travel: Background to the Continent of Africa
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What is Africa? It's a broad and important question, and it is something that the folks at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology find fascinating. This website is part of a 12-month project designed to look into the thoughts of visitors to the museum. The museum is also concerned with the thoughts of others who can't make the trip to Philadelphia, and users of this site can chime in with their ideas as well.
In the About area, visitors can read about the project and look over its themes, which include Imagine Strength, Imagine Changing, and Imagine Healing. Visitors are encouraged to give feedback on these themes, and curators will take this information into consideration as they think about crafting a new exhibit in response. In the Watch area, visitors can watch different videos, such as a group of Maasai women singing in Kenya and a piece on Nigeria's Benin kingdom. Finally, the Discuss area allows visitors to chime in on questions such as "What role did slavery play in creating America?" and "Is personal appearance an important perspective for examining a culture?"  Visit this site.

 

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13. Education & Business: Skills Training Centre Opens in Cape Town
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Heavy engineering group DCD has opened a new skills training facility in Cape Town, in conjunction with MCD Training Centre and Khula Nathi Empowerment (KNE). The R4-million facility, based in the harbour precinct, would be used for training of artisans, learnerships and short skills courses. The facility, which already started training at the beginning of June, should have capacity to train 150 artisans each year, with space for 60 learners at any one time. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.


Editor’s Note:  The management and staff of the international Delamere Group wish all the best and success to this ambitious project, which we know will make a vital contribution to the future advancement of South Africa.

 

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14. Education: Caribbean Journal of a Royal Navy Seaman – 1798 AD
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Setting out on the Caribbean today on a large vessel might involve boarding a massive cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale or Nassau in the Bahamas. Things were a bit different when Aaron Thomas set off on those same waters back in 1798. Thomas served on the HMS Lapwing during the French Revolutionary wars and his journal contains first-hand accounts of naval operations, customs of the day, and humorous anecdotes involving shipmates and superiors. This wonderful volume is physically located at the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections Division, but visitors can read the document on this site. One sample contains this chestnut of an observation: "Never stop at an Inn, nor go into a Shop to buy goods, if you see the Master has a Superfine Coat on." The document includes pen sketches, financial records, and graveyard epitaphs collected during Thomas's forays ashore. Visitors can click on the Biography area to learn more about Thomas and also use the Excerpts area to get a flavor for his prose style. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2012

 


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15. Education: Education in South Africa
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Education in South Africa is in serious trouble, the FW de Klerk Foundation said on Thursday.  “Poor education lies at the root of most of South Africa's problems, including unemployment, poverty and inequality,” it said in a statement. To read the full story, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

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16. Education: USDA Center for Nutrition
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The main goal of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is "to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers." Visitors to the site can take advantage of the very useful and pragmatic guidelines surrounding daily calorie intake suggestions, the MyPlate food suggestions, and the MyFoodapedia. This last resource provides quick access to food groups, calories, and comparisons. The Know your Farmer, Know Your Food area provides information on farmers markets and community supported agriculture across the USA. On the left-hand side of the page, visitors can look through topical areas such as Nutrition Insights and USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food. Visit this site.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2012

 

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17. Travel & Education: American Railroad Journal
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The University of Missouri Digital Library has over three dozen digital collections, including those that focus on the Civil War and historical Missouri newspapers. One of the more recent additions is this archive of the American Railroad Journal. This publication was started in 1832, and it covered all aspects of the railroad industry for over 70 years. Taken as a whole, this archive offers a fascinating look into the dynamic growth of the railroad industry. Visitors can search the entire collection by keyword, or they can browse each issue. First-time users may wish to look through the issues in the 1830s, as they contain a range of articles that detail the key technological innovations during this time. Visit this site.

 

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18. Real Estate & Travel: Your Next Visit to Cape Town - Woodstock is a Must!
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It is a gentrification tale as old as time: young artists move to a rough and tumble part of town to open studios and galleries. Hip restaurants, shops and farmer’s markets soon spring up. Finally, the rest of the city follows, and the neighbourhood’s transformation is complete. To read the full report, go to our NEWS DESK link.

 

Editor’s Note:  Visit our travel site on South Africa.

 

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Book of the Month
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Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market” ~ David Mataen

Sub-Saharan Africa is now one of the world's most talked about regions in terms of emerging investment opportunities and sources of new growth. Its economies represent a quintessential frontier market and they are set to develop into an area of long-term investment interest. Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market is an investor's guide to the transformations that have occurred in the African business landscape in the last 60 years and the key areas of interest for the future. Visit the Delamere International Bookshop.


 

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This month's quote

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I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” ~ Unknown


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