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A round-up of developments in the business sector, courtesy of St Alban's College library
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What I learned about my country while waiting for a pepperoni pizza I Jonathan Jansen

What I learned about my country while waiting for a pepperoni pizza I Jonathan Jansen | Business Studies resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

4 Feb 2016

The other day I stumbled into the new Domino‘s Pizza in the neighbourhood and a booming voice came across the loudspeaker system with a singing crescendo: “Customer in the lane!” For a moment I was disoriented, thinking someone had transported me into another galaxy where they really meant things like Batho Pele or “the customer always comes first”.

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Economic Demand I The school of life

Published on Jan 11, 2016
Economists and politicians always want there to be more ‘demand’ in the economy. But they ignore whether there might be better or worse kinds of demand.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: What is it and what does it mean? BBC News

Published on 5 Oct 2015
The US, Japan and 10 other Pacific rim countries have signed a controversial and sweeping trade agreement that covers about 40% of the world economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will create a new economic bloc with reduced trade barriers between the 12 nations involved.

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What The Heck Is GDP? - BrainStuff

Published on 1 Sep 2015
GDP, GNP – what does it all mean? Jonathan explains what economists mean when they bring up these common economic indicators.

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▶ What is Inflation? - The School of Life

Published on Aug 3, 2015
Economists constantly refer to inflation and tend to suggest it is a Very Bad Thing. But why exactly, where does it come from and what could one do to tame it?

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▶ Brian J. Robertson: "Holacracy" with Bonus Q&A | Talks at Google

Published on Jul 24, 2015
Holacracy is a revolutionary management system that’s captivating the cutting-edge business world; Robertson counts among his fans Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos), Evan Williams (co-founder of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium), and David Allen (author of Getting Things Done).

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▶ Was The Eurozone A Bad Idea? - TestTube News

Published on Jul 8, 2015
In June, Greece defaulted on its loan payment, sending doubts on the future of the Euro. So, we wanted to know, was the Eurozone a bad idea?

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▶ Ideasthesia: How do ideas feel? - Danko Nikolić - YouTube

Published on Nov 6, 2014
The traditional model of our mental function is that first our senses provide data to our brain, which then translates those senses into the appropriate mental phenomena: light into visual images, air vibrations into auditory experiences, etc. But what if that process is actually occurring simultaneously? Danko Nikolić describes the theory of ideasthesia.

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Naidoo, Jim and Abedian at The Gathering: Time for an economic reboot? | Daily Maverick

Naidoo, Jim and Abedian at The Gathering: Time for an economic reboot? | Daily Maverick | Business Studies resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

10 April 2014

The Gathering hosted a discussion on the country’s political economy that proved the dismal science could be a passionate affair. J. BROOKS SPECTOR reports.

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Philip Evans: How data will transform business I TED talk

Philip Evans: How data will transform business I TED talk | Business Studies resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

What does the future of business look like? In an informative talk, Philip Evans-managing director of the Boston Consulting Group-gives a quick primer on two long-standing theories in strategy -- and explains why he thinks they are essentially invalid.

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▶ The Ever Flourishing Friendship Between China & Africa - YouTube

Published on Mar 6, 2014

China and Africa Relationship have hit all-time high in the recent past with Trade volumes growing exponentially as well as Chinese aid to Africa. A lot has been said about the flourishing friendship but how will it unfold in the future?

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▶ Robert Mugabe's economic legacy - YouTube

Published on Feb 22, 2014

As Zimbabwe's president turns 90, we examine the years of economic decline under Africa's longest-serving leader.

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▶ Eight out of 10 senior managers commit economic crime in SA — PwC survey - YouTube

Published on Feb 19, 2014

A PricewaterhouseCoopers survey on global economic crime indicates that eight out of ten senior managers in South Africa have either committed procurement fraud and bribery or engaged in corrupt business activities. Asset misappropriation leads the list of the so-called 'big three' economic crimes, followed by human resources fraud and bribery and corruption.

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What is inflation? Economics explained I The Guardian

Published on Dec 15, 2015
Inflation is one of the most important concepts in economics. It’s also one of the simplest. It’s just the average rate that prices are rising. A small amount of inflation is healthy for an economy - but how is it calculated and what happens when it gets out of control?

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China's Make-or-Break Cities - WSJ

Published on 6 Oct 2015
Smaller cities hold promise for China’s future growth. But it is a promise that could slip away as the economy slows.

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US and 11 Pacific Rim countries seal disputed trade deal - Al Jazeera

Published on 5 Oct 2015
Twelve countries have agreed to the largest trade deal in history, signing up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership after years of secret negotiations.It aims to counter the might of China and will cut trade barriers affecting everything from the price of cheese to the cost of cancer treatments. But the deal is highly controversial, as Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane explains.

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Can Brands Be Good? - School of Life

Published on 21 Sep 2015
Many of us are used to having very negative feelings towards ‘brands’. They’re associated with conformity, mediocrity and the suppression of individuality. But brands are in fact wonderful things: we just have to create the right sort.

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▶ Cuban farmers lead the way to free-market economy - Al Jazeera

Published on Aug 3, 2015
Cuba and the US have now restored the diplomatic relations that had been broken for more than 50 years. But before this step, reforms had already been taking place. And it was Cuban farmers who were leading the way.

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Understanding the Financial Crisis in Greece - John Green

Published on Jul 7, 2015
In which John Green discusses the history of Greece's deficit and debt problems, the challenges of adopting the Euro and living with the Eurozone's monetary policy, and the possibility of the so-called Grexit--a Greek exit from the Euro.

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▶ What Causes Inflation? - TestTube News

Published on Jul 7, 2015
In Zimbabwe, inflation was so bad that the government offered $175 quadrillion Zimbabwe dollars for $5 U.S. dollars. So, what is inflation?

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▶ Counting the Cost - Nigeria: A truly strong economy? - YouTube

Published on Apr 19, 2014

As Nigeria becomes Africa's largest economy, we ask how violence and a huge wealth gap will impact its progress

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"Catastrophic" amendment threatens to make SA's shale gas bonanza stillborn

"Catastrophic" amendment threatens to make SA's shale gas bonanza stillborn | Business Studies resources for South African teachers | Scoop.it

In their ignorance of investment processes, SA's naive politicians appear to have badly over-reached with a last minute amendment to shale gas legislation.

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▶ Platinum strike likely to continue in the first half of 2014

Published on Mar 6, 2014

The strike in the platinum sector by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) continues. On March 4, mining companies Amplats, Implats and Lonmin rejected a revised wage demand that wages be adjusted to R12,500 per month over a period of three years.

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▶ Medupi and Kusile power stations under pressure - YouTube

Published on Mar 6, 2014

Pressure for the Medupi and Kusile power stations to come online is mounting. Businesses are expected to run big losses due to nationwide power outages. The Intensive Energy Users Group says disruptions on production - will impact negatively on the export earnings


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▶ Capitalization & development of mining interests in Africa CNBC Africa

Published on Feb 13, 2014

South Africa's mother city of Cape Town recently played host to Africa's largest, most-significant mining event, The African Mining Indaba, with a specific focus on capitalization and development of mining interests in Africa

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