Category Archive: 3.) Investec

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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Richard Branson on youth unemployment in South Africa

Marnus Broodryk talks to Sir Richard Branson, Investec’s Co-Founder Stephen Koseff and Youth Employment Service intern Khensani Mongwe about how to tackle youth unemployment in South Africa. Find out more: https://invest.ec/2r6XEXc The panel spoke backstage at Virgin Atlantic’s #BusinessIsAnAdventure event, hosted in partnership with Investec. Get more insights from the event here https://invest.ec/2r6XEXc

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Most Swiss prefer home grown eggs, meat and dairy

Recently published statistics suggest most Swiss prefer home grown animal products. Three quarters (75%) of those surveyed said they preferred Swiss eggs and more than half preferred Swiss meat (51%) and dairy products (59%).

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More than 100 members of Extinction Rebellion convicted in Switzerland

In September 2019, groups of people belonging to the group Extinction Rebellion blocked two road bridges in Lausanne. Local police cleared the bridges by removing, in some cases carrying, protesters away. On 7 November 2019, 117 of the people involved in the bridge protests were convicted and fined for breaking Switzerland’s penal code, according to RTS.

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Geneva to ban Uber if it doesn’t change its operating model

After a legal analyis the government of the canton of Geneva has decided that drivers of the ride hailing service are employees rather than independent contractors, effectively banning Uber from operating under its current model. In an interview with RTS, Mauro Poggia, a lawyer and Geneva state councillor, said that Uber is a transport company and as such must employ its drivers.

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Business Is An Adventure returns to South Africa

Sir Richard Branson, in partnership with Investec, hosted the ‘Business Is An Adventure’ event in Johannesburg on Thursday, 7 November 2019. This inspiring gathering, that was last held in South Africa in 2017, brought together masters and mavericks of business for lively debates and inspirational entrepreneurial insights. Highlights of the ‘fireside chats’ are captured in …

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Business Is An Adventure with Sir Richard Branson

Virgin Atlantic, in partnership with Investec, presents Business Is An Adventure. Headlined by Sir Richard Branson and featuring other high level entrepreneurs and thought leaders.⁣ ⁣ Catch Sir Richard Branson (Founder, Virgin Group) and Stephen Koseff (Co-Founder, Investec) in a ‘fireside chat’ with moderator Redi Tlhabi, giving us their takes on national and international prospects …

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Minimum Swiss internet speed to triple in 2020

The Federal Council, Switzerland’s executive, has confirmed a decision made by parliament to raise the minimum speed of broadband internet connections in Switzerland. From 1 January 2020, the minimum download speed specified in Switzerland’s universal service agreement with Swisscom will rise from 3 to 10 megabits per second (Mbits/s) and the minimum upload speed will rise from 0.3 to 1 Mbit/s.

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Swiss commission supports new laws to protect whistleblowers

A commission of the Council of States, Switzerland’s upper house, is in favour of new rules to protect whistleblowers. The proposed rules, which would help to protect those who expose secretive information or activity that is deemed illegal or unethical, were supported by 6 commission votes to 2 with 4 abstentions.

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Swiss central bank makes 388 million from negative interest rates

The Swiss National Bank (SNB), Switzerland’s central bank, has earned CHF 388 million from negative interest rates since introducing them in 2014 to tame the rising strength of the Swiss Franc, according to the newspaper SonntagsBlick.

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Zurich homes market in highly overvalued territory, says UBS

Every quarter UBS, a bank, publishes its real estate bubble index, a report that covers real estate prices in 24 cities around the world. In the third quarter of 2019, Munich was listed as the most overvalued housing market in the world. Bubble risk was highest in Munich, Toronto, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. Frankfurt, Vancouver and Paris.

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Why Switzerland ranks near the top of the 2019 global competitiveness ranking

Switzerland made the the top 5, after dropping from 4th to 5th, in this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index. Switzerland’s decline was largely due to a down weighting of a factor where it is strong, according to WEF’s Saadia Zahidi. The Global Competitive Index measures performance in 114 areas that influence a nation’s productivity.

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EU removes Switzerland from tax haven list

In December 2017, the European Union (EU) set up a blacklist and a grey list of tax havens, countries it deemed were being used to help companies and wealthy individuals reduce their tax bills. Switzerland ended up on the grey list. Nations on these lists faced reputational damage and stricter controls on financial transactions with the EU.

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#TheBestOfTheBest game in the world

Do you believe the energy of fans feeds the players on the rugby field? We do! @Investec plays tribute to the die-hard fans who see their teams through wins and losses. Without you the #BestOfTheBestRugby would be just a game. With you it’s #TheBestOfTheBest game in the world.

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Investec Rhino Lifeline | Going The Extra Mile to building trust & conserve wildlife

Investec sponsored #TheExtraMile trail run raised over R220 000 to uplift the communities around the Kruger National Park. Because #RhinoLifeLine and More Community Trust recognize that rhino conservation isn’t possible without building an inclusive wildlife economy. Find out more: https://invest.ec/2nhm92G

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DNA testing: empowering you by unlocking your genetic secrets

Investec Life has partnered with UK-based genetics company DNAfit to provide DNA tests to their clients at a reduced rate to help them understand how their unique genetic profile affects their response to fitness, nutrition, stress and sleep. Avi Laserow, Founder and CEO of Prenetics-owned DNAfit and Sinenhlanhla Nzama, Investec Life head product actuary talk …

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Ferial Haffajee on exposing #GuptaLeaks, #CR17 and state capture

In the latest edition of Investec Focus Talks, Stephen Koseff talks with the Associate Editor of Daily Maverick and Fin24, Ferial Haffajee. The first female editor of a major newspaper in South Africa, Ferial has played an instrumental role in calling out state capture, defending press freedom and advancing gender equality. Stephen and Ferial tackle …

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Switzerland faces looming shortage of workers

As more baby-boomers – born from 1946 to 1964 – retire, Switzerland will faces a shortage of workers, according to Credit Suisse, a bank. Economists at the bank estimate that 1.1 million people in Switzerland will retire over the next 10 years, a figure which includes nearly 800,000 people currently working.

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Owen Farrell – Winners play a different game

Investec Corporate and Investment Banking is proud to sponsor Owen Farrell #PlayDifferent Find out more about Investec brand ambassador Owen Farrell and the Play Different campaign: https://invest.ec/owen-farrell

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