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Forbes Africa September 2018

Forbes Africa is the drama critic to business in Africa. The magazine helps readers connect the dots, form patterns and see beyond the obvious, giving them a completely different perspective. In doing this, it delivers sharp, in-depth and engaging stories by looking at global and domestic issues from an African prism.

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seeking the fountain of youth

(Photo by Motlabana Monnakgotla) My grandmother died at the ripe old age of 100, in the late 1990s.Even the day before she passed, the doctors gave her a clean bill of health – her vitals were normal and she was happier than ever, tending to her garden and spending the rest of her time in quiet prayer.She was vegetarian and physically active all her life, never knowing stress or strife at the workplace, never knowing what it is like to live in a world that moves at Pentium Processor speed.I often wondered the secret to her long life and how she was always so ebullient. She had the two attributes scientists are feverishly seeking now – longevity and happiness.She was the inspiration for my dissertation on geriatrics for my master’s…

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brief 360

NIGERIAN ON TWITTER BOARD Nigeria's former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was appointed to the Board of Directors of social networking company Twitter in July. She is credited with developing reform programs that helped improve governmental transparency and stabilize the economy. Okonjo-Iweala was the first woman to be the finance minister and foreign minister of the West African country. LENDING HER VOICE FOR TB South African songstress Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been appointed the New Partnership for Africa Agency’s (NEPAD) goodwill ambassador for tuberculosis and nutrition. Chaka Chaka has promoted literacy and women’s and children’s rights, as well as the fight against malaria in Africa. In her role as ambassador, the Princess of Africa will focus on the promotion of food security and…

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tribute

Africa Loses Her Illustrious Son: ‘A Life Well-Lived’ In the early hours of August 18, Kofi Annan, the first United Nations Secretary-General from sub-Saharan Africa, died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 80 following a short illness.Annan served two terms as the UN leader, from 1997 to 2006, during which he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work. He was also founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation with a mission to mobilize political will to overcome threats to peace and human rights.“He was a consummate international diplomat and highly respected former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Annan was the first from sub-Saharan Africa to occupy this exalted position. He brought considerable renown to our country by this position and through his conduct…

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african notebook

MALI ELECTION: Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was reelected with 67% of the vote in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse. The victory hands Keita a second five-year term. NIGERIA INVESTMENT: According to the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Nagabhushana Reddy, Indian companies’ investment in various sectors of the economy has reached about $10 billion. Over 135 Indian companies currently operate in the country. Reddy said this in Abuja on August 15 at the flag-hoisting ceremony held to mark the 72nd anniversary of India’s independence. India is also set to strengthen its diplomatic mission in Africa with 18 new embassies, as announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Africa for the BRICS summit in July. INTERNET: Google’s free public wifi initiative comes to Africa…

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you only live twice

“IF PEOPLE CURRENTLY THINK 30 YEARS AFTER RETIREMENT IS LONG, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT’S AN EXTRA 100 YEARS?” – MIKEL MOYO, ECONOMIST If you are under 50 years old and reading this article, treat it as a crystal ball – and it will tell you that chances are you may live for another 100 years. There are species of sharks, whales and turtles that live for hundreds of years. Likewise, researchers are trying to figure out how to make you live longer, if not forever.“If we are made from the same ‘stuff’ then what’s stopping us from achieving the same,” asks John Sanei, a futurist and entrepreneur based in Johannesburg, South Africa.For decades, scientists have been trying to do so. But before we go to the future, we…

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standard bank invests to bring africa one step closer to inclusive education

It was Nelson Mandela who said “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” In keeping with the spirit of Madiba’s wisdom, Standard Bank fundamentally believes that humanity behoves us to make a positive difference to the lives of our people and the communities in which we operate.This is not just an empty slogan, but a pledge that goes to the very core of who we are as an organisation. Human development is fundamental to our sustainability and speaks to why we have undertaken to invest in the education of our employees and communities.In 2017, we invested R925 million in skills development and offered 13,425 courses to employees via our online electronic learning platform. Our Global Leadership Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, introduced…

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