The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable 2013 came to a close today. Karin Ireton says the scale of environmental devastation in the Philippines is a wake up call that climate change will exaggerate the effect of natural disasters and bring unthinkable disaster.
Everyone at the UNEP FI Global Round Table that people have limited time to make profound systemic change.
116 hernia surgeons from all over the world embarked on Windhoek for the 7th International Endohernia Society (IEHS) conference held on the 22 – 26 October 2013. Surgeons from The United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, India, Sweden, Denmark, China and regional SADC countries South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana all attended the 5 day conference where we (SBN) sponsored N$35 000 towards bringing the surgeons to Namibia.
Mauritius is distinguished both by being a beautiful Indian Ocean island and by recent memory of that icon of extinction, the Dodo. But, as Karin Ireton discovered this week, the country faces some imbalances when it comes to attracting investment and the wellbeing of its people.
Mauritius is distinguished both by being a beautiful Indian Ocean island and by recent memory of that icon of extinction, the Dodo.
Sebe wakes up to find Zak on his cellphone. He is transferring funds from his
AccessAccount to his AccessSave. Sebe suggests that they bring Zak's daughter to come live that side. Zak is keen to go with her suggestion. Their relationship seems to be getting quite serious. There are even talks of moving in together.
If they were to move in together, they would need to have a total income of R18 000 per month in order to get an AccessHome Loan.
While Zak and Sebe are discussing their future, they get news that Virus has escaped from police custody.
It turns out rock band Boston were right when they sang 'More than a Feeling' back in 1976. Years of research have taught Biological Anthropologist Dr Helen Fisher that love is more than an emotion; it’s a drive. The author of books like 'Anatomy of Love', 'Why we Love' and 'Why Him? Why Her?' and 'How to Find and Keep Lasting Love', Fisher presented the 9th Standard Bank/PAST keynote lecture – The Evolution of Love and Who We Choose on 22 October 2013.
African nations need to invest at least US$100-billion over the next 10 years to upgrade their infrastructure if they want to sufficiently tap their vast natural resource wealth and boost their economic growth. So says Standard Bank Group’s Ntlai Mosiah who is currently attending the Africa Infrastructure and Power Forum Conference being held in Beijing.
Power is key to economic growth and competitiveness in Africa. The continent has massive potential to use renewable energy sources as it seeks to address an electricity shortage that has left more than half of the continent’s one billion people without access to power. Ntlai Mosiah, who heads up the Power, Infrastructure & TMT (Technology, Media, Telecoms) team at Standard Bank Group, looks at the opportunities and costs of untapping this resource.
Every year Standard Bank recognises artistic excellence with the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards. Breakthrough artists in different genres are honoured and given a spot on the National Arts Festival programme as well as an opportunity to showcase their work internationally.
First launched by the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 1981, the prestigious awards have catapulted the careers of many well-known South African artists, performers and musicians.
In this episode, Zak goes to Standard Bank to apply for a loan to pay for his mother’s funeral. Grace informs him that he won’t need to apply for a loan because his mother had a Standard Bank AccessProtect Funeral Plan. He is very eager to learn more about the AccessProtect Funeral Plan so Grace gives him a pamphlet to read through.
At his mother’s funeral, Zak delivers a heartfelt speech.
While South Africa was embroiled in a struggle for freedom in the eighties, Johannesburg-born artist Kim Berman was a Masters student working as a print assistant in a Boston studio called Artist Proof. When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, he called for all South Africans to help build a democracy. Berman took his plea seriously and returned home, founding the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg with fellow artist Nhlanhla Xaba. The studio currently provides up to 60 scholarships a year to students wanting to learn the art of printmaking.