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uShaka Marine Park: Of Dashing Dolphins, Dieting Sharks, and Phantom Ship

The winds blow to the north, as if pushing the docking ships out of the harbor. A few meters above the ship roars a helicopter carrying the captains expected to dock the ship into Durban Harbor. Quite interesting, is the fact that foreign pilots are not allowed to dock in the vessels; you see the horizon of the approaching port, nurse down your sea sickness, curl back and vacate the cabin for the tough guys of Durban Port to guide the ship in. The morning is bright, the shiny sand seem to be calling, with such an allure you have to muster inner strengths to say no, and turn left through the gate to the mighty uShaka Marine Park. This park is Life, at least where the marine ecosystem is concerned.

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Stick Man Sweeps Four Kidscreen Awards

Stick Man

Stick Man, Triggerfish Animation Studios collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, won four awards at the Kidscreen Awards this week, making it the most awarded animation on the night. Stick Man beat Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas and Bruno & Boots: Go Jump In The Pool to win Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie for Kids. The 26-minute short film also took home Best Direction for Jeroen Jaspaert and South African co-director Daniel Snaddon; Best Music; and Best Design. Triggerfish Animation Studios is a Cape Town-based film and Entertainment Company.

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9 Financing Options for SMEs

When the dream becomes a reality and you’re an entrepreneur with an exciting new business plan, one of the biggest headaches will be how to finance your SME.

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From Mob Programming to Blockchain: DevConf 2017 covers it all

DevConf 2017 will present the hottest topics to SA’s developer community this year

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Africa Needs to Refocus Its Attention on the Urgency of Economic Diversification – Davies

Davies further pronounced that the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” will offer new opportunities to achieving inclusive and sustainable growth by fast tracking market integration in Africa through industrial corridors and regional integration

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Insurers Look to Digital in Fast-Changing World

Global insurers are being forced to digitise their operations to cope with dramatic changes in the global market, where selfie deaths are climbing into double and triple digits, ordinary people call for tens of millions of dollars in life assurance, and policy holders expect instant service via their mobile devices, day or night.

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RMB internationalisation stalls in 2016

SWIFT RMB Tracker shows an overall decline in RMB payments by value for 2016, closing out the year in sixth place among currencies used for international payments

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New report reveals devastating human toll of Blyvooruitzicht Mine liquidation

The Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mine used to be one of the world’s largest and most profitable mining concerns, purportedly yielding some one million kilograms of precious metals over its 70 years of operation

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African Utility Week to host launch of YEPP for young power pros and graduates wishing to solve Africa’s energy challenges

African Utility Week to gather 7000+ power professionals in Cape Town

“Youth unemployment on the continent is a major epidemic and internship opportunities are an amazing solution to help maximize human capital development on the continent” says Daniel Antwi, co-founder of the Africa Internship Academy (AIA) that will launch its Young Energy and Power Professionals (YEPP) at this year’s African Utility Week in Cape Town in May.

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Business Interruption, Instability, and Cyber Incidence tops 2017 threats to Business

It’s a new year and entrepreneurs are look into the prospect of the business environment globally. More importantly, entrepreneurs and investors are looking at Africa. Last year several reports indicated the spur in growth in many sectors within Africa – especially technology and e-commerce. In 2016, Frost and Sullivan conducted a survey which mentioned that digitization could make Africa the new China. From December 2016 to early this year, there has been growing conversations on bitcoin over various social media platforms in Sub-Saharan Africa, with many young people seeking to do online business and trade. Pertinent findings of the 6th annual Allianz Risk Barometer indicates that ‘cybercrimes’ and associated incidents is the biggest threat to the business environment in South Africa, political instability also leading threats in most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Middle East, and while Business Interruption leads the global threat to Business.

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South Africa’s pharmacovigilance market valued at USD 37 million

Increasing drug response and the increase in chronic diseases is driving the global pharmacovigilance market size. A research report on global Pharmacovigilance Market Size and may other fields within the industry estimated Pharmacovigilance Market Size revenue to be over USD 3 billion in 2015 and is forecast to exceed USD 8 billion by 2024; With South Africa’s pharmacovigilance market size estimated over USD 37 million and anticipated for over 5 per cent growth.

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WEF Report Indicate High Inequality Rate in Nigeria, South Africa, and US

World Economic Forum (WEF) report on ‘inclusive development index’  shows United States of America, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, Japan, and Mexico have inclusive-development rankings that fall below their GDP per capita rankings. What this means is that, despite the economic growth witnessed in these countries, there is inequality in the share of the economic growth or prosperity.  The United States had the largest gap existing between the countries GDP per capita rankings and the inclusive-development rankings. This urgently calls for a change in policies which restricts fairs hare of economic growth, employment, and increased profits.

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NSBC Summit – Africa’s largest entrepreneurial event is happening soon

More than 100 seminars and sessions aimed to help you start out or grow your business

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Top three ways to improve your business image

You could have the best product in the world, it could change people’s lives or it could save them, but unless you have the right reputation and brand image behind it, the chances are that no one will find out about it. As frustrating as it may be, the business world is still very much about image, so in today’s post, I’m going to give you just a few key tips on how to improve the business message that you’re projecting.

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2017 Growth Rate Explicate: Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa

From 3.5 per cent growth in 2015 to 1.4 per cent in 2016, there has been a decline in growth rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. Also in South Africa, the government budget and reports during the last quarter of 2016 indicates a growth rate expectancy of 0.5 per cent in 2016 while anticipating for a 1.3 per cent growth for this year.

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Maputo Could Be a Mega-Ship Port

The Port of Maputo in Mozambique has excellent development potential. It is located along the east coast of Southern Africa, to the north of the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay. It is one of several ports that connect via road and railway line to South Africa’s mega-metropolis of Johannesburg that is still Africa’s leading financial hub.

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Super-Wide Rail Cars Could Boost Port Transfers

The majority of maritime ports worldwide offer the option of intermodal transfer of containers between maritime and railway transportation, and at some ports, the port railway may serve as the means by which to undertake ship-to-ship transfers of containers.

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