Michael van der Ham

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The One Thing That Marketers Don't Seem To Get About The Digital Economy

Modern marketing really began in the 1960’s with Philip Kotler and his ideas about uncovering the “needs, wants and interests of target markets.” Ever since, generations of marketers have learned to focus on the consumer and communicating features and benefits to them effectively.<p>Yet perhaps an …

Innovation

Oil prices hit 12-year low as fears about China grow

Oil prices slumped to a 12-year low on Thursday, as another dramatic fall on China's stock markets stoked fears of slowing demand in the world's second biggest economy.<p>U.S. crude futures dropped more than 5% in early trade to just above $32 per barrel -- the lowest since December 2003 -- before …

14 Reasons 2016 Will Be Tricky For Business And Investors

Since stocks bottomed out in March 2009, they’ve enjoyed a 13.2% average annual increase.<p>But 2015 has been by far the worst of the last six – the S&P 500 is 2.6% below where it was at the end of 2014.<p>And that’s a shame — especially since I predicted stocks would rise 11% this year.<p>It looks like I …

Official Chinese think tank says government should ease money policy in 2016: Economic Daily

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s economy in 2016 still faces relatively large downward pressure and the speed of economic growth may fall further, said a top planning body’s think tank, recommending more monetary policy easing, the Economic Daily reported on Sunday.<p>100 Yuan notes are seen in this …

This Algorithm Can Tell How Memorable a Photo Is

Some photographs have the power to burn themselves into our memories for a long time, while others are easily forgettable after they’re seen. …

About Those Rumors of Apple Supply Chain Cuts

As often happens in the anxious weeks before the end of Apple’s big holiday quarter, talk on the Street has turned to the company’s Asian supply …

Why The Fed Rate Hike Isn't As Bad As You Think For Emerging Markets

The Federal Reserve’s first rate hike since 2006 will be a major test to emerging markets. Yet despite concerns of more turmoil down the road, some investors are seeing the Fed’s decision as a moment of relief for emerging markets that have been battered by low commodity prices, rising debt, and …

San Diego becomes first major US city to commit to 100% renewable energy

After a landmark accord in Paris last week that aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions, San Diego is the first of the United States’ major cities that has committed to taking up the cause.<p>After a unanimous City Council vote, San Diego, the eighth-largest city in the US, vowed to shift to 100 …

Glencore to sell Optimum Coal Mine in South Africa for $136 mln...

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Glencore has provisionally agreed to sell its troubled South African coal mine for 2.15 billion rand ($136 million), narrowly avoiding closing the operation and saving hundreds of jobs, the unit’s business rescue practitioners said on Friday.<p>The Optimum Coal Mine …

Argentina lifts currency controls, floats peso in bid to boost economy

Newly elected president Mauricio Macri makes what economists say is bold move in order to increase exports and spur economic growth<p>Argentina is to lift its currency controls and said it would allow the peso to float when markets open Thursday, setting the stage for a sharp devaluation.<p>The move …

Equities drop on energy weight; dollar climbs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks led a decline in most equity markets around the globe on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve’s first interest rate hike in nearly a decade, as continued pressure on oil weighed on the energy sector.<p>Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange …

Oil Prices Hit 11-Year Low

The oil glut should help keep the cost of gas low for now.<p>Oil prices tumbled 4% on Monday, coming close to their 11-year low, on growing fears that …

Crude Oil Futures Slump to New Lows on OPEC Shambles

Crude oil prices hit a three-month low Monday and are testing the multi-year low they hit in August after a chaotic OPEC meeting on Friday ensured …

Fed should be explicit in spelling out gradual pace of rate hikes: Evans

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve should use the communication tools at its disposal at its December meeting to spell out a gradual pace of rate increases, Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said on Tuesday.<p>Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans speaks at the …

Brazil dives deeper into recession

Brazil just got more bruising news.<p>Its economy fell deeper into recession between July and September, shrinking 1.7% from the previous quarter, the government announced Tuesday. It's Brazil's third consecutive quarter of contraction, making it the country's longest recession since the 1930s.<p>Brazil, …

What does China's role in Africa say about its growing global footprint?

Guangzhou, China. (AFP)<p>China’s ties to Africa are likely to get stronger this year as the world’s biggest economy appears poised to once again double …

South Africa

High-Tech Wavepool Simulates The Worst Ocean Waves

Preparing ships and structures to weather the weather<p>Usually, you have to wait 100 years to see how well infrastructure will hold up in a once-in-a-century storm. But not anymore.<p>At the University of Maine's new Harold Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Laboratory and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at …

How to Shoot Your First Concert… at a Crappy Venue

So you’re getting ready to photograph your first concert? That’s awesome. Chances are, it’s a less-than-perfect venue — that’s usually how it works …

Shutter Speed

Pay Attention to Negative Space

<b>What is Negative Space?</b><p>First of all, let’s clarify the definition of negative space. This refers to the area around your subject. For example, in the …

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10 biggest risks to business in South Africa

A new report from risk management firm Aon lists the things that retailers believe pose the biggest risk to their businesses.<p>According to Aon’s …

Public procurement is big business - Nene

Cape Town – Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene emphasised the scale of SA’s public procurement in his mini budget speech on Wednesday.<p>"Public procurement …

Manufacturing

India in talks to buy coking coal mines in South Africa

By Krishna N. DasNEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is talking to South Africa to buy coal mines there to feed its expanding steel industry, Coal Secretary …

India

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VW prepares new strategy 2025, prioritizes profitability over size

Prior to its diesel emissions cheating scandal, the Volkswagen Group was focused on reaching the number one spot in auto sales and had even set a …

Is tariff protection the answer to S A's melting steel industry?

South Africa: China's Hebei Group joins IDC to increase steel production

South Africa labour leaders try to revive steel industry

South African steel industry is drowning

Things are about to get even worse for Chinese steel

The industry has defied pressure to make big cuts so far, though the bottom line of steel firms is suffering and efforts to boost exports have riled rival producers in countries ranging from India to the United States.<p>Major steel producers suffered total losses of 28.12 billion yuan ($4.42 billion) …

China