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Innovate or expire

Innovate or expire

An invention is something totally new, whereas innovation is the extension or modification of an invention.  Here is an illuminating example :  in 1860, Sir Joseph Wilson Swan invented the carbon filament, incandescent electric lamp, no such thing had previously existed, even in theory.  On 18 December 1878, eighteen years later, he demonstrated his proofRead more about Innovate or expire[…]

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Investing in productive capacity – the strategy for securing economic growth

Investing in productive capacity – the strategy for securing economic growth

The history of humankind reveals that only two events stem population growth on a scale of any note: famine and disease epidemics.  Other natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding etc, and warfare have an impact but to a far smaller extent.  Global population growth continues at between 1 and 1.5% per annum, with manyRead more about Investing in productive capacity – the strategy for securing economic growth[…]

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Small can be profitable

Small can be profitable

It’s one thing to cut down a tree, but quite another to process it properly and then to sell the timber at a good profit!  It is most often in the middle and final sections where operators get stuck.  Processing and trading require more than technical skills as one cannot buy experience or patience sinceRead more about Small can be profitable[…]

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The Trees of Life ~The Southern Cape Corridor Development

The Trees of Life ~The Southern Cape Corridor Development

200 years to maturity … and that’s under good conditions.  The conservation state of the iconic tree species of the southern Cape, Ocotea bullata, (black stinkwood) is perhaps indicative of the state of our logging/timber industry in the southern Cape  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocotea_bullata) … CRITICAL.  In the forests of the Garden Route, you have a better chanceRead more about The Trees of Life ~The Southern Cape Corridor Development[…]

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A Moving Story ~ The Southern Cape Corridor

A Moving Story ~ The Southern Cape Corridor

Two genuine questions: If nuclear fission can power submarines and aircraft carriers, why can’t it be used in locomotives? Has hybrid diesel-electric technology, as used in motorcars, been applied to locomotives? Logistics is about the collection, storage and delivery of goods in the most efficient and safe way possible.  It’s really as simple and asRead more about A Moving Story ~ The Southern Cape Corridor[…]

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Keeping the lights on ~The Southern Cape Corridor

Keeping the lights on ~The Southern Cape Corridor

No doubt this concept of The Southern Cape Corridor (S.C.C.) I am writing about is both progressive and worthwhile, however, its feasibility and viability are still to be tested.   At times, the challenges facing even the concept, seem overwhelming and insurmountable, but hope springs eternal and only we can ensure that the rewards doRead more about Keeping the lights on ~The Southern Cape Corridor[…]

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Unpacking the Opportunities ~ Southern Cape Corridor

Unpacking the Opportunities ~ Southern Cape Corridor

Facing the facts is never a popular activity when we’ve been bullsh*tting each other for decades! Nevertheless, the bright light of facticity always brings us back to where, who and what we are.  Twenty years later, despite Madiba Magic, World Cups, Rainbow Nations, the Big Five, blah blah blah … we remain an emerging AfricanRead more about Unpacking the Opportunities ~ Southern Cape Corridor[…]

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An Organic Approach ~The Southern Cape Corridor

An Organic Approach ~The Southern Cape Corridor

The default approach to economic growth using corridor development zones focuses on international logistics.  The logic is that only once goods can be moved efficiently, will trade occur.  Here are two references to this definition of ‘corridor development’: Please like our Facebook Page and post your comments there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_corridor https://www.adb.org/publications/economic-corridor-development-and-what-it-can-achieve-in-asia-subregions If we used this ‘mega’Read more about An Organic Approach ~The Southern Cape Corridor[…]

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Everything is connected ~ Southern Cape Corridor

Everything is connected ~ Southern Cape Corridor

It’s all about the flow of capital !  Volumes, velocity, trajectory, cadence … and then also, into and out of asset classes. Please like our Facebook Page and post your comments there. The permutations are innumerable, well almost.  In our hyper-connected, hi-tech age, the tongue-in-cheek saying of decades ago is now a reality: a reindeerRead more about Everything is connected ~ Southern Cape Corridor[…]

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