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Bitcoin (digital currency): a South African expert enlightens consumers, potential investors (Part 1)

The fear of the unknown seems to have gripped the general public about Bitcoin, the (new) digital currency that has taken the business world by storm and appears to redefine the financial stage. In the face of this ‘currencyphobia’ and unbearable lack of information, Sifa News speaks to Shireen Ramjoo, a South African-born expert, who […]

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US$100 million of Aliko Dangote to fight malnutrition in Nigeria

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has pledged a whopping US$100 million over five years to tackle malnutrition in his home country Nigeria, reports from the commercial capital Lagos said last week. This comes at a time when the recently released Global Nutrition Report 2017 showed that despite progress 155 million children globally are stunted and […]

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Globalisation generating discontent and populism, calls mounting for social reforms

While globalisation has raised levels of prosperity, the distribution of this new wealth remains largely unequal, Clement Chinaka, MD of Old Mutual Corporate, said last week, adding that the mounting imbalance in wealth and power was increasingly frustrating voiceless ordinary citizens. This, he said, was opening the door for populist political and economic rhetoric that […]

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World Media Awards 2018 entries now open

The World Media Awards 2018 (WMAs) competition is seeking entries in eight categories that will celebrate the best in cross platform, cross border, content-driven advertising, reports from London (UK) said this week. The World Media Group, which owns and hosts the awards, is calling for more entries from the Middle East and Africa this year. […]

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Small businesses’ new skills to remain competitive

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to look beyond their own balance sheets if they are to survive in an increasingly difficult market, an industry analyst said this week. Shannon Smith, partner at Mazars Durban (South Africa), said SMEs needed to access and analyse increasingly complex information about their businesses in order to remain competitive […]

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How to keep your finances in order in ‘hard times’ like these

Tighten your savings belts and ensure that your finances are in order, Ester Ochse, advisory product specialist for First National Bank (FNB) has advised South African consumers. The advice comes at a time when the country’s 2017 Mid-Term Budget Policy (MTBP) has projected a weaker growth outlook which analysts believe reflect a continued deterioration in […]

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Anti-globalisation moves: South Africa retirees to pay heavy price

As the rope appears to be tightening around globalisation’s neck, Clement Chinaka, MD of Old Mutual Corporate, warns against the dangers of a potential globalised world, and its negative effects on countries such as South Africa. Chinaka, who believes that anti-globalisation sentiments would further halt global economic growth, said: “Without strong global economic growth to […]

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Is globalisation breeding social inequality?

Globalisation has been a major source of economic growth for decades, especially in a country like China, which has powered the most rapid growth for large economies the world has ever seen on a sustained basis,” US economist Jeffrey Sachs said. “The results, however, are not uniform across all countries, and within countries the benefits […]

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Migration growing, unstoppable and relevant: expert

Migration is certain to continue growing as people set out to pursue their dreams of a better life, better career opportunities, a safer environment and world-class education and opportunities for their children, a US-based expert said recently. Dianne Stewart, founder and president of Pathway USA, said with this growth come the complexities and challenges that […]

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Is the world close to ending rural hunger?

As humanity commemorated World Food Day on 16 October 2017, 800 million people remained chronically hungry across many parts of the planet, where food production is believed to be all-time high. To honour this occasion, the Brookings published an update on the progress in ending the rural component of global hunger to see if there […]

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