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December 7, 2017

Meet Little Foot – the most remarkable fossil discovery

After 20 years of excavating, cleaning, reconstructing and casting, the oldest virtually complete human ancestor in South Africa was finally unveiled on Wednesday.

The skeleton of Little Foot, who wasn’t so little at the time of her death, was unveiled at the University of Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute.

The man behind the epic discovery, Professor Ron Clarke, said Little Foot was nicknamed by Professor Phillip Tobias.

“If that one small bone wouldn’t have been found then we wouldn’t have Little Foot,” he said.

He described the discovery as being “one of the most remarkable fossil discoveries made [...]

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December 7, 2017

How to build valuable networks

If you dread the thought of approaching strangers to grow your business, focus on how you can add value to others.

Networking is vital for entrepreneurs if they are to grow their businesses.

Unfortunately, many people feel uncomfortable approaching strangers.

Here the experts provide some tips on how to emerge from your shell and expand your influence.

Building social networks may sound easy, but a host of skills is necessary to do so.

Many business owners find the thought of “networking” quite daunting.

Some shy away from it altogether and hide behind the excuse that they are introverts.

TJ Malamule, professional speaker and brand and [...]

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November 29, 2017

Calls to restructure economy to make it more inclusive

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says there is a need to restructure the economy in order to ensure inclusive growth.

He also said the manufacturing sector, which has been faced with several challenges globally, has shown signs of being a creator of jobs through its linkages with several service sectors.

The Minister said this when briefing journalists on Tuesday after briefing the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the state of manufacturing, the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and the World Trade Organisation.

“The discussion that we had [when presenting to Parliament] we reiterated that the term radical economic transformation means we [...]

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November 29, 2017

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment

Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s (BAIC’s) decision to invest in a vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, could help drive further investment by Chinese firms in South Africa.

This is according to South African Embassy in Beijing economic counsellor Thandukwazi Nyawose, who, this week, pointed out that the BAIC project was the largest Chinese investment in South Africa to date.

 

“China has more than $300-trillion dollars of foreign currency reserves and, therefore, has sufficient funds to invest even more into South Africa. South Africa is a new market for Chinese investments and we [...]

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