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Truth in Advertising is not Reaching All South Africans

Date: 17 August 2016

South Africa has an effective and functioning advertising self-regulator. However, it doesn’t always work as it should. The self-regulatory regime in place cannot do enough to protect consumers because it is based on the willing cooperation of advertisers.

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RBA Governor Stevens is Stepping Away after 10 Years

Date: 16 August 2016

On September 18 2016, Glenn Stevens will end his ten-year mandate as governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). His experience in the top job provides a wealth of lessons for the next generation of policymakers; that’s arguably his most important legacy.

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Regional Cooperation not on Zimbabwe's To Do List

Date: 16 August 2016

Zimbabwe’s recent ban on imports from South Africa suggests that the country has taken action that undermines the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional integration project. This is because trade is an important element of regional integration. It promotes cross-border and local economic development, and provides the foundation for cross-border cooperation and integration, and the development of good neighbourly relations. The Economic Community of West Africa’s common approach to migration is a good case in point.

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Australian Treasurer Morrison is Blocking Chinese Investment

Date: 12 August 2016

China’s state-owned enterprises are becoming increasingly privatised, as government involvement shifts from full control to economic guidance. This means these firms should be treated like any other foreign investor when it comes to buying Australian assets.

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Africa's Largest Economy is South Africa's, but other Measures Matter More

Date: 12 August 2016

South Africa has toppled Nigeria and reclaimed its status as the largest economy in Africa. This comes two years after Nigeria rebased its GDP calculation and advanced to the top spot. South Africa was also temporarily relegated to the third position early this year after Egypt climbed to claim the second spot. The Conversation Africa’s business and economy editor Sibonelo Radebe asked the University of the Witwatersrand’s Professor Jannie Rossouw to explain what it all means.

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Measuring Your Workers Psychological Capital

Date: 11 August 2016

You may know someone like this at work: optimistic and resilient, they appear to bounce through challenges drawing on an internal strength that helps them work through problems they encounter at work. Always hopeful and positive about the future, they treat stressful events as a “one-off” situation, appearing to have a built-in buffer that protects them against both ordinary and extraordinary events. Perhaps this is even you.

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Rio Olympics: That's Going to Leave a Mark

Date: 3 August 2016

On the eve of the Rio Olympic Games, host Brazil is struggling through one of the deepest crises in its history.  It wasn’t supposed to be this way.  In 2009, when the 2016 Games were awarded to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was on a roll. President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva proclaimed: “Now we are going to show the world we can be a great country.”

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China 1: Uber 0

Date: 3 August 2016

Uber has announced its exit from the Chinese taxi market by merging with arch-rival Didi Chuxing in a US$35 billion deal. Uber is selling its operations to Didi, with Uber China investors receiving a 20% stake in Didi, according to reports.

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Australia's Beef Producers Facing a Debt-Deflation Spiral

Date: 29 July 2016

What will happen now that the rains have come to many parched beef lands of Queensland? Current high cattle prices and renewed pastures suggest optimism, even good times. Perhaps record exports from the world’s largest beef exporter? If only if was that simple.

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