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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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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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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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Destigmatise mental illness in the workplace: expert

Employers need to take proactive steps destigmatise mental illness in the workplace and help everyone in their employ to identify early signs of mental illness, a South Africa-based expert said, as the country commemorates Mental Illness Awareness Month. Urvashi Ramjee, head of claims management at Old Mutual Group Assurance, said: “A simple email campaign can […]

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