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July 22, 2019

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Naspers head Van Dijk takes home almost R2bn

JOHANNESBURG - JSE giant Naspers chief executive Bob van Dijk took home close to R2billion in incentives, salary, shares appreciation rights and vested share options in the year to March, in a year he described as a “standout year for Naspers.”

Van Dijk, according to the multinational company’s annual report earned $12.8million (R177.93m) in total remuneration.

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July 22, 2019

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Pioneer shares soar 32% on JSE on PepsiCo buyout bid

JOHANNESBURG - Pioneer Foods and PepsiCo have teamed up to create a potentially leading food and beverage company in Africa after the world's third-largest food and drink company made an offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the South African packaged goods company for $1.7billion (R23.63bn).

PepsiCo has offered to pay R110 a share for the acquisition, representing a 56percent premium to the 30-day volume weighted average price prior"...

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July 22, 2019

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UK-SA Tech Hub, Future Females partnership delivers first 50 female tech entrepreneurs graduates

Earlier this year Future Females secured a partnership with the UK-SA Tech Hub, to support 50 South African, early-stage female tech entrepreneurs, to transform their ideas into businesses and the first cohort recently graduated.

The program was for any South African female entrepreneur with an idea or early-stage business, ready to upskill and utilise technology to bring their businesses to life!

“I joined this course thinking it"...

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July 22, 2019

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ECA and OCP sign agreement on innovation and agriculture investments

The Economic Commission for African (ECA) and the OCP S.A. (formerly known as the Cherifien Office of Phosphates) signed an MoU aimed at strengthening collaboration on innovations and investments in agriculture using science and technologies.

The agreement includes support to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement - AfCFTA and women’s economic empowerment in Africa.

The"...

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July 22, 2019

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Average cost of oil production per barrel rises 12 per cent

The weighted average cost of producing a barrel of oil per block in 2018, excluding abandonment costs, rose 12 percent to $ 7.53 versus $ 6.74 in 2017.

The increase in the cost per barrel per block was due to the natural drop in production, especially in blocks 18 and 31, and the fact that most of the blocks in production are in need of constant repair and maintenance interventions.

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July 22, 2019

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UNDP launches regional stabilization facility for Lake Chad

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the Regional Stabilization Facility for Lake Chad, a multi-million dollar fund to scale up the range of stabilization intervention in areas of Lake Chad Basin.

The four Lake Chad Basin countries have warmly welcomed this joint initiative, as part of their own ongoing efforts to secure and stabilize the region.

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July 22, 2019

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Algerian tanker released by Iran

Sonatrach said that Iran, on Saturday, released an oil tanker owned by the company, after forcing it into Iranian territorial waters on Friday.

The company said in a statement on Saturday that Iranian authorities freed the tanker MASDAR, after a crisis-cell was set up between Algerian energy and foreign affairs ministries.

The statement added that the tanker reached its final"...

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July 22, 2019

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U.N. Environment Programme Urged to Protect Nature and Humankind from Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)

The Advisors to the International EMF Scientist Appeal, representing 248 scientists from 42 nations, have resubmitted The Appeal to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Inger Andersen, requesting the UNEP reassess the potential biological impacts of next generation 4G and 5G telecommunication technologies to plants, animals and humans.

There is particular urgency at this time as new antennas will be densely located throughout"...

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July 22, 2019

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GIA Organises Retail Sales Associate Training Programme for Malabar Gold & Diamonds in Dubai

To help retail sales staff communicate effectively, GIA Dubai recently organised retail sales associate training programmes for Malabar Gold & Diamonds at their stores in Dubai, UAE. Since 2018, GIA Dubai has trained more than 200 staff of Malabar Gold & Diamonds in Dubai and Bahrain.

The training programme includes information about GIA, the 4Cs (Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight) of Diamond Quality, the International Diamond Grading System™"...

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July 22, 2019

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Investigational Subcutaneous Formulation of Vedolizumab Meets Primary Endpoint in Achieving Clinical Remission at Week 52 in Patients with Moderately to Severely Active Crohn's Disease

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced top-line results from the VISIBLE 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of an investigational subcutaneous (SC) formulation of the gut-selective biologic vedolizumab as maintenance therapy in adult patients with moderately to severely active Crohns disease (CD) who achieved clinical response* at week 6 following two doses of open-label vedolizumab intravenous (IV) therapy at weeks 0 and 2.1 In evaluating the primary endpoint of the trial, a statistically significant proportion of patients receiving vedolizumab SC achieved clinical remission** at week 52 compared to placebo. Patients received vedolizumab SC beginning at week 6 and every 2 weeks up to week 50.1 Adverse events were consistent with the known safety profile of vedolizumab IV, and no new signals were identified. “Meeting......

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