Category Archive: 3.) Investec

Philip Morris International to axe jobs in Switzerland

The tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) has unveiled plans to cut jobs at its sites in Lausanne and Neuchâtel. A total of around 265 jobs are likely to go. Most of them will be transferred to the UK, Portugal and Poland. The company has opened formal processes in both cantons and those affected will be informed between now and the end of March 2020, it said.

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Credit Suisse accused of spying on Greenpeace

According to SonntagsZeitung, the bank Credit Suisse has been spying on Greenpeace. Nearly three years ago, the environmental organisation thwarted security and disrupted the bank’s general assembly with a stunt aimed at shaming Credit Suisse for financing Energy Transfer, a company involved in the construction of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline running through reserves in the US state of Dakota.

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Investment horizon 2020

What impact will a trade war de-escalation, the low global inflation levels and an uptick in worldwide manufacturing activity have on South Africa? A panel of Investec Wealth & Investment experts are joined by political analyst Ralph Mathekga to share their insights on the global and local investment outlook for 2020. Topics include: The South …

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Art is a human investment

Art is more than making a pretty picture. It’s all about problem solving and making the medium work for you,” says artist Greg Pentapoulis who produced this bespoke work made entirely of art materials. All 15,224 items will be donated to our 2020 beneficiaries: Songo.info, Lalela and Ikamva Labantu. #ICTAF You can see this piece. …

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Trump should be disinvited to Davos, says St. Gallen University economist

Speaking to CNN Money, Markus Will, a senior economist at St. Gallen University, described Trump’s speech, in which he didn’t mention climate once, as a “contradiction to the values of Davos.” “It was a nationalistic, domestic, state of the union address from Davos rather than an improving of the state of the world speech which you should do in Davos”, he said, before adding, “you should disinvite him cordially for next year.

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Adam Pantanowitz – How AI and robotics are transforming healthcare

The word of science fiction is fast becoming science fact. Adam Pantanowitz shows how medical technology has made the leap from reactive to proactive – and even predictive – healthcare possible. AI and robotics are transforming the industry with increasing potential for accessibility, affordability and procedural proficiency. In this video, Adam explains the basics of …

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SA Shark Tank’s Marnus Broodryk responds to your tweets

It’s time to get ahead of the curve with Marnus Broodryk. Watch as this former Shark on SA’s Shark Tank answers social media questions on entrepreneurship. As a wildly successful entrepreneur, CEO of The Beancounter and author of the bestselling how-to book ’90 Rules for Entrepreneurs’, Marnus gives insight into the challenges entrepreneurs, young professionals …

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Running a Swiss business – changes in 2020

Every year brings changes for business owners and managers. In May 2019, a majority of Swiss voters accepted a package of changes to the way companies are taxed known as The Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV Financing (TRAF). Many of the changes flowing from this begin on 1 January 2020.

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Swiss parliament approves new 6 billion franc fighter jet purchase

Before Christmas, Switzerland’s parliament approved the purchase of a new fleet of fighter jets costing CHF 6 billion, according to RTS. The plan, which aims to defend Swiss airspace beyond 2030, has now been approved by both Switzerland’s upper and lower houses.

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AI – the next frontier

Artificial Intelligence will be the biggest disruptor of business, says Takealot’s Kim Reid, but Richard Branson warns that the human cost will be high if solutions aren’t found for unemployment #BusinessIsAnAdventure Find out more: https://invest.ec/36xFiyd

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Is my legacy a gift or poisoned chalice?

Many wealthy families to leave a legacy, either through ensuring the financial well-being of their heirs or through meaningful bequests to worthy causes, but how do they do so in an increasingly complex world? Find out more: https://invest.ec/38pd626

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How business can help save South Africa

Sir Richard Branson and Stephen Koseff discuss South Africa’s current challenges, the need to reimagine education and how business can help government with issues like climate change. Find out more: https://invest.ec/2RCC204

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Diversity makes cents

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace – why you can’t have one without the other. Claire Mawisa talks to Faith Popcorn, Futurist and Author Thando Hopa, Tashmia Ismail-Saville and Investec’s Marc Kahn at Virgin Atlantic #BusinessIsAnAdventure. Find out more: https://invest.ec/2RCC204

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Investec Off-Script Medical Roundtable

If you’re a physician in South Africa today, it is a life’s commitment. When you’re following your calling as a medical professional, finding the balance between work and your own personal well-being is a challenge. Dr Musa Mthombeni sits down with a diverse panel of medical professionals for a frank, inspiring and insightful conversation about …

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SA has 3,600 new debt-free home owners

Investec to make a contribution to real economic empowerment in South Africa through distribution of title deeds to home owners in Gauteng townships. Find out more: https://invest.ec/33MXvWC #YourHomeInYourHands

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Swiss foreign work permit quotas maintained for 2020

Every year, Switzerland sets quotas for the number of work visas it issues to citizens outside the EU and EFTA. This week the government announced it would maintain the quota of 8,500 permits that was in place in 2018. In addition, it confirmed an earlier deal it struck with the UK to issue up to 3,500 work visas to British citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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International Rugby Academy Australia (IRAA) Launch Event

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Business is an Adventure 2019 highlights

Sir Richard Branson, in partnership with Investec, hosted the Virgin Atlantic #BusinessIsAnAdventure event in Johannesburg on 7 November 2019. This inspiring gathering brought together masters and mavericks of business for lively debates and inspirational entrepreneurial insights. Here are some of the best bits from the day. Watch the full event here: https://invest.ec/2NH6YJc #BusinessIsAnAdventure

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How breast cancer changed me

Digital transformation strategist Yavi Madurai was diagnosed with breast cancer at 28. Here’s her inspirational story about beating all the odds and how the disease transformed her for the better. Listen to the podcast here: https://invest.ec/2CUzYIo

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Richard Branson on entrepreneurship in turbulent times

Sir Richard Branson spoke to sme.africa founder Marnus Broodryk about how to succeed as a business in difficult economic times. The pair spoke backstage at Virgin Atlantic’s #BusinessIsAnAdventure event, hosted in partnership with Investec. Find out more: https://invest.ec/33YEAJm Get more insights from the event here: https://invest.ec/33YEAJm

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