Category Archive: 3.) Investec

Digital education creating opportunities in rural SA

In the dusty villages of rural Mpumalanga, students are learning about coding, robotics and sustainability to prepare themselves for the digital marketplace of the future. This video was originally published on Investec Focus (https://invest.ec/2X84vw2) on 18 November 2019.

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100MW boost for SA electricity grid

South Africa’s largest concentrated solar power plant is set to light up 179,000 households and save six million tonnes of CO2 emissions. This video was originally published on Investec Focus (https://invest.ec/2AN4juR) on 17 April 2019.

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Coronavirus: anti-lockdown protests in Switzerland

Over the weekend, hundreds rallied against lockdown measures across Switzerland in the cities of Bern, Zurich, Basel and St. Gallen. Anti-lockdown protesters in these cities flouted rules introduced in mid-March banning public groups of more than five people, designed to reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The protestors consider the rules in breach of their fundamental rights.

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Most think Switzerland is reopening fast or too fast, according to survey

A survey published on 7 May 2020, suggests only 36% of Swiss support the government’s calendar for reopening the country after the Covid-19 shutdown. 23% think the plan to reopen is too slow, while 42% think it is fast or too fast. However, 60% said they had confidence in the government.

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Coronavirus: new rules for Switzerland’s restaurants

Restaurants in Switzerland will be able to reopen on Monday 11 May 2020. But they’ll need to follow strict rules that were published this week. The seven pages of detailed restaurant rules will make dining in the time of Covid-19 quite different to what we’re accustomed to.

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IW&I Webcast series – Highlights

From their studies, kitchen tables and lounges, our top investment decision-makers and experts from around the world connected remotely, to give their views on how the coronavirus has reshaped our worlds. We share some of the investment, health and psychological insights in our webcast series “Markets in the time of Covid-19” over the last few …

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Swiss GDP set for worst fall in decades

A team of economic experts working for the Swiss government forecasts a 6.7% fall in GDP and unemployment to rise to 3.9% in Switzerland in 2020. If these predictions prove right, it will be the biggest slump in economic activity since 1975.

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Investec Life. Life insurance not made for everyone, Made for you.

Through Investec Life’s digitally enabled, modern risk management processes and engagement model, Investec’s top-end Life insurance business has continued to be able to meet the majority of clients’ needs throughout the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa. https://invest.ec/2W3H4U8

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Coronavirus: Switzerland extends lockdown until 26 April

On 8 April 2020, Switzerland’s government decided to extend the country’s lockdown measures for a further week. In a press release the Federal Council said the measures would be extended for another week and then possibly progressively loosened before the end of April.

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Coronavirus: Swiss tourism expected to lose 6.4 billion francs

Tourism is one of the sectors hardest hit by the coronavirus and the response to it. Figures from a study by HES-SO Valais published by the newspaper Blick suggest the industry will see revenues in Switzerland drop 18%, or CHF 6.4 billion, in 2020.

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Preparing society for an AI-infused future

Benjamin Rosman, a Professor in robotics and machine learning at Wits, decodes Artificial Intelligence and the impact it will have on society. You can listen to the podcast here: https://invest.ec/39tbepl

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Financing a sustainable future

Investec’s Fani Titi and the JSE’s Dr Leila Fourie are two of 30 global CEOs tasked by the UN to find funding for the inclusive, low-carbon and climate-resilient future envisioned by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this Focus Talk, they chat to Tanya dos Santos, Investec’s Group head of sustainability, on taking sustainability …

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Close to one fifth of households in Switzerland behind on debt payments

In 2017, 18.9% of Switzerland’s population lived in a household with outstanding debt repayments, a percentage that has rose from 17.7% over the proceeding 4 years. The most common forms of outstanding debts were taxes, health insurance premiums and phone bills. 9.9% of households had outstanding tax payments, 7.3% owed health insurance money and 5.2% had an outstanding telecommunications bill.

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Transforming trauma into creative expression | The power of art

“You put a page and a pencil in front of one of our learners and sometimes they struggle to just make a mark. Because to make a mark is to make yourself vulnerable, and there’s no space for vulnerability where they live.” To appreciate the tranformative power of art, watch as some 15,000 pieces of …

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Young Professionals Revolution Bike Handover – Kagiso

Investec empowered 36 aspiring entrepreneurs in the Young Professionals Revolution. In October 2019, Investec Private Banking, in partnership with Qhubeka and enke: Make Your Mark, handed over 40 bikes to 36 aspiring South African entrepreneurs, who will be starting up small businesses within the Kagiso community, west of Johannesburg. This forms part of the Young …

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Inside Out of the Ordinary Episode VII – Possibility

“If it weren’t for education, I think my life would have turned out very differently. The force of progress will continue to sweep everything aside, my life is such an example,” says Investec CEO Fani Titi in this introduction to the Inside Out of the Ordinary film series. In this episode, Fani shares his life’s …

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Alex Danson: My Hidden Story (trailer)

17 months after suffering a mild traumatic brain injury, former GB and England women’s hockey captain and Olympic gold medalist, Alex Danson, shares her story about her ongoing road to recovery.

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Alex Danson: My Hidden Story

“I once thought that I wouldn’t be well enough to tell this story.” Distinctive performance is about overcoming your battles as well as being at the top of your game. After suffering a mild traumatic brain injury 17 months ago, former GB and England hockey player Alex Danson partnered with Investec to share her journey … Continue reading...

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Swiss Post stops accepting parcels and letters to China

Swiss Post has said it will no longer accept packages addressed to China, according to Tribune de Genève. Because of the covid-19 virus, airlines have stopped or drastically reduced flights to China. This fall in air traffic has reduced postal service capacity to China by two thirds.

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Inside Out of the Ordinary Episode VI – Wisdom

“You could be bright but not necessarily wise, but to be wise I think one needs the knowledge that comes with experience and the testing ground that a life of work gives you.” Prof Brian Kantor, Chair of the Investec Wealth & Investment Research Institute, explains how investment knowledge comes from immersing yourself in the …

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