Published 11 December, by a staff writer. 
Address by Dr Iqbal Survé, executive chairman of Independent Media and the Sekunjalo Group and chairman of the Brics Business Council South African chapter, at a seminar on Thursday at the Belmond Mount Nelson on “Xi Jinping: Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, and the official review ceremony of the new book Xi Jinping:

It gives me great pleasure to be here today to reflect and discuss two important events that took place this year: the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and the second volume of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Governance of China.

I have been to China 15 times over the past 10 years. To attend the WEF summit, the Brics Business Council Meetings and summits, G20 meeting, and on state and other media visits.

My visits have given me insights: it has been a learning journey to observe first-hand the humanitarian progress, technological progress and the progress in social cohesion, the reduction in inequality and the focus which China has on industrialisation, economic growth and, more recently, services business and technologies.

And above all of that, through my involvement in the Brics Business Council and state visits, I have had opportunities to engage personally in forums with President Xi Jinping, and recently had the pleasure of handing over the Brics Business Council report to five Brics presidents, including President Xi Jinping.

In all of these interactions I have managed to glean what I would describe as my own personal remarks about President Xi Jinping.

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Published 11 December 2017, Adri Senekal De Wet

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa made global headlines last week. Allegations of corrupt dealings at Naspers and Steinhoff shocked the global investment fraternity.

I received messages and phone calls from business leaders, economists and stockbrokers from all over the globe, all eager to share more bad news, all armed with deadly ammunition to launch the final missile against these two companies.

What was surprising was how many people from the Afrikaans community were angered by what had been done by these two companies.

Naspers and its local subsidiary Media24 are competing media houses to Independent Media. The recent allegations of corruption against Naspers and its board members gave us the opportunity to launch our own missile, to gain financially by selling more news in print and online, by selling their bad news, thus weakening a competitor.

This is something that Naspers and Tiso Blackstar (formerly TMG) perfected against Independent media and its owner Dr Iqbal Survé since he acquired the business in 2013.

I called Independent chairperson Dr Survé after these revelations, asking for his views of the recent corruption allegations at Naspers, which has never had a good word to say about him.

They even pay a journalist a retainer to investigate and write negative articles about Dr Survé. After many years, after finding nothing, they are forced to sit back and relax.

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Published 08 December 2017, by an ANA reporter

Cape Town – The world order has changed and it was time to take hands and chart a common destiny.

This was one of the central themes to emerge from a seminar held in Cape Town on Thursday under the twin headings Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and Xi Jinping: the Governance of China II Book Review.

Speaking at the event, National Assembly House chairperson, Cedric Frolick, lauded the relationship between China and Africa in a changing global environment and the “visionary” leadership approach by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Whoever thought those who claimed to be the protectors of democracy and freedom in the world now find themselves on the other side,” he said.

“The world order has changed and it is time to take hands and chart a common destiny.”

China’s Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian said South Africa and China are united by a shared philosophy, with his country striving to promote social fairness and justice and to win the battle against poverty.

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Published 07 December, by an ANA reporter  

Cape Town – The world order has changed and it was time to take hands and chart a common destiny.

This was one of the central themes to emerge from a seminar held in Cape Town on Thursday under the twin headings Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and Xi Jinping: the Governance of China II Book Review.

Speaking at the event, National Assembly House chairperson, Cedric Frolick, lauded the relationship between China and Africa in a changing global environment and the “visionary” leadership approach by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Whoever thought those who claimed to be the protectors of democracy and freedom in the world now find themselves on the other side,” he said.

“The world order has changed and it is time to take hands and chart a common destiny.”

China’s Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian said South Africa and China are united by a shared philosophy, with his country striving to promote social fairness and justice and to win the battle against poverty.

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Published  06 December 2017, by Helmo Preuss, Helsinki

JOHANNESBURG – Finland has a population of only 5.5million people or less than the combined populations of Cape Town and Pretoria with a land area of 338145km².

That’s about 90percent of the Northern Cape’s land area, or just over a quarter of South Africa’s land area, yet its economy is only 22 percent smaller than South Africa’s. This means its per capita income of $42300 (R570000) is more than triple South Africa’s.

Being three times richer was not due to nature’s bounty – Finland doesn’t have major oil deposits as Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia or the US do – but a highly educated workforce that resulted in one Finnish company, Nokia, dominating global cellphone sales in the late 1990s.

The workforce starts with teacher selection and training. The teacher training colleges pick the cream of the crop through a rigorous selection policy of only choosing student teachers from the top 10th percentile of school graduates, which is then followed by a rigorous and lengthy theoretical and practical training. There is also intensive mentoring in early professional life so that the novices learn the tricks of the trade early on and are not left to flounder without support.

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