Birdlife South Africa: by-catch

For a small, annual sum, members of Birdlife South Africa enjoy a meaningful contribution to an organisation giving wings to birds - the NGO positioned at the polished end of the National Conservation Spear.  Birdlife's successes are legion - none more important than their contribution, via the ATF (Albatross Task Force), to the Global Seabird Program - the catch-all, in this context, for 'finding innovative and win-win solutions to seabird by-catch' [i.e. - in the fisheries]; and by 'winner-winner, chicken-dinner' ...

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Africa update – Lions

Moral-decrepitude is the non-negotiable, basic premise on which the South African captive-bred lion 'hunting' industry relies. The 21st century has its challenges. Existential issues confront humanity across a broad front. The media's focus on suffering, particularly children, is usually more than meets the eye. Ineffective leadership, graft, health, energy, the status of women, religious intolerance & racial division are current, calamitous & in urgent need of redress. Global ethics, therefore, especially w.r.t anthropogenic ...

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Wind – the truth

'..... it would break the laws of physics if emissions and fuel use didn’t go down when wind was contributing.' - (American Wind Energy Association) Is wind energy, endorsed by co-sponsors BirdLife South Africa & Investec, a blast of hot air? In August 2012 Investec & BirdLife South Africa [BLSA] appointed Samantha Ralston to 'actively participate in the renewable energy sector' - I assume to provide a responsible framework. BirdLife South Africa, prima ...

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Searching for relevance

We live in a strange world and quite often in the shallow-end of the Sea of Mediocrity. Keeping head above water is a constant near-drowning for social relevance; a self-imposed line-in-the-sand - the fountain of ALL happiness & modern success. Perversely it's a demeaning, life-whisper that buoys us on to greater feats of triviality; more obsessive consumption and the accumulation of material wealth against which we're measured in envy's currency. Searching for relevance, at its most ...

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Change?

Most Leadership Consultants / Self-Help Gurus premise their inspiration on CHANGE. Change who you are; what you do; how you do it .. & so on. The thing is that's simplistic, at best, misleading, most times, particularly in the business space. Here's what you're not told. If you're not 're-birthed' then most of the 'changes' you implement are a window-display of who you are anyway under different stimulation / motivation & nothing ...

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Rhino horn – an open letter

  Dear Mr Hume To be clear - I have no association with commercial wildlife farming / ranching. I’m not a veterinarian, a scientist, government official, lobbyist, affiliated to a NGO or a member of any APU-unit. I’m also not involved in conservation unless of course you wish to include donations to various conservation bodies. I am, however, a South African, proudly so. Each sunrise still holds promise for a brighter future. My ...

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Organised anarchy

When the rules of engagement are rewritten, protagonists must adapt or they lose relevance. South Africa's economic seesaw is teetering in favour of the school-yard bully. Militant inter-union tension, tantamount to a declaration of war and fought in mine-shafts around the country, is a significant change of emphasis beyond the usual wage-negotiation techniques the investment world has become accustomed to. That's particularly pertinent at this time of the year when wage-negotiation ...

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South Africa – be pragmatic

NO investment is fool-proof. The hedging [protecting] against a loss on an investment is easy, cheap and an essential ingredient in effective management. Yes, at face value, I believe the US market is in for a correction. Notwithstanding, turn over any forgotten stone and you’ll find a dooms-day forecaster proven wrong. Here’s the gist of it: The fall in oil is stimulatory and the market knows this ie: the market is ...

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Risk on – Risk off

As the western world moves into either a 'soft-patch' or even a double-dip recession, you have to wonder where-to from here. Deleveraging seems to have surpassed our assumptions of an expansion in income. You could in fact argue that central-bank stimulus hasn't worked. Global growth, corporate earnings and end-of-year index projections have, generally, been revised lower. Currency intervention is prevalent but ineffective. It's becoming difficult to see what else can ...

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