It's no secret that the marijuana industry is one of the hottest and fastest growing sectors right now.
In 2018, the legal marijuana industry grew to $10.4 billion in the US.
Despite the massive growth, a big challenges exists…
Marijuana is still illegal on a federal level. However, this isn't stopping US states from legalising medical and recreational marijuana.
Right now, 10 ... ››› more
As a traditional sports bettor, betting on e-sports seems a little out of the ordinary and to be honest a little out of my comfort zone.
So when a college friend of mine suggested that the next big sporting empire wasn't exactly your traditional sport, I became intrigued.
Being a little into gaming myself, playing your traditional sporting games on console, such as FIFA, NBA and even the NFL... ››› more
Car sales are crashing.
Since 2014 they've been in a straight downtrend.
In fact, the latest figures from July 2016 show a drop of 17% (9,222 less vehicles) in vehicles sold compared to July 2015.
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Every year, between 1,500 and 2,000 miners apply for compensation from mining companies for lung diseases like silicosis and tuberculosis.
These diseases are direct a result of the mine workers coming into contact with dangerous chemicals in the mines.
In 2003, the gold mining industry promised that by 2013, there would be no new cases of silicosis among workers exposed for the first time ... ››› more
In the year 1900 Africa was the world's most sparsely populated continent.
Today, it boasts a seventh of the world's total population.
While most people have only been pre-occupied with Africa's failure to develop like Western and many eastern countries have done, they've missed what is happening on the continent.
Over 800 million people have been added to Africa's population in the pa... ››› more
This year we've seen the South African economy struggle in almost every aspect. There has been rise in inflation, which stands at 4.7%. Interest rates increased twice this year and now stands at 6.25%. But one company is weathering the storm and proving it can grow profits, even in this tough environment.
This year we've seen the South African economy struggle in almost every aspect. Ther... ››› more
Over the past few weeks, the oil price has rallied.
This is mostly thanks to a weaker dollar and the chance that supply of US shale oil is slowing.
So will oil keep climbing?
Let's take a closer look…
How the oil industry has changed
The big change in the whole oil industry has been the success of US shale oil. More efficient fracking led to oil reserves that were once inacces... ››› more
Over the weekend, a deal between South Africa and the USA over poultry imports threatens the livelihoods of around 6,500 workers in the South African sector.
Whilst the agreement will boost imports of poultry into SA, which is seeing a growth in demand, worries over the effects on the domestic poultry industry are growing.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
The SA poultry i... ››› more
Over the past week, two of the most heavily bought JSE shares by foreigners were PSG and Capitec.
This isn't a surprise as both these stocks have been on a tremendous run this year. Since around January, both companies have soared over 50% in six months.
So with the added confidence from foreign investors, this should see both stocks continue on an upward trend.
This is good news if you hold... ››› more
The Bitcoin price is under pressure again. It looks like Bitcoin is continuing on its volatile journey.
But it's not surprising the price of Bitcoin is so volatile. It's a new technology and people are struggling to place a value on it.
Bitcoin's rollercoaster ride hasn't deterred those who see its full potential. In fact, the ‘ecosystem' surrounding Bitcoin is booming.
Let's take a clo... ››› more
Last year saw the production of 3,018 tonnes of gold. That's over 100 million ounces. The sector managed to achieve this even though the price of gold was falling.
Now the gold sector is facing a very big problem: A lack of new gold discoveries.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Gold production has been ramping up over the years
Let’s take a closer look at what’s be... ››› more
Over the weekend, it emerged that citrus fruit inspectors discovered a case of black spots in a consignment of fruit, which arrived in the European Union (EU).
This isn't good news for the country's citrus industry. Last year, after the discovery of several cases, the EU implemented new stricter rules for imports from South Africa.
Let's take a closer look at what happened and the implicatio... ››› more
Earlier today, the government said the quality of coal supplied to Eskom's coal-powered power stations must improve. Eskom blamed wet coal for load shedding last Thursday. And the power utility has since asked BHP Billiton for a quality report on the coal supplied last week. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Government gives mining sector an ultimatum
Yesterday, the spokesman for... ››› more
The South African government's plans to take a 20% stake in all new energy projects is under fire. The ANC want to push a change to the current law through before the next general election. But industry experts warn the move could mean SA misses out on opportunities as companies will simply take their business elsewhere. Let's take a closer look at the proposal…
What the amendment to the bill ... ››› more
As the platinum sector strike rumbles on into its fifth month, workers in the sugar industry are set to follow suit. Workers of sugar producers are planning to down tools tomorrow after wage talks reached deadlock. Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
Sugar workers strike for the first time in 11 years
For the first time since 1997, around 5,500 sugar workers are planning “to st... ››› more
The supply of silver has remained buoyant due to central banks dumping their holdings and investors cashing out of silver-backed exchange traded funds. But with the streams from both of these sources diminishing, less silver is coming available. The demand for silver is another story. The uses of silver are boundless. It's such a versatile metal. So where does all this leave silver? Let's take a c... ››› more
The most common use of platinum group metals (PGMs) is in catalytic converters. Manufacturers fit them in vehicles to help reduce harmful emissions from petrol and diesel engines. Since the introduction of catalytic converters, platinum is the primary metal used. But now more catalytic converters are using palladium. Whichever PGM you pick, both are seeing a supply squeeze. Let's take a closer loo... ››› more
In news just in, Nigerian firm SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company is to list simultaneously on the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) and London Stock Exchange (LSE) on Monday. SEPLAT aims to raise $500 million from its listing. But what is SEPLAT all about? And could it be worth looking at as an investment opportunity? Let's take a closer look…
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If you're one of the investors still holding on to your shares in one of the big three platinum miners I feel for you…
AMCU is STILL striking for its massive wage increases at Anglo American Platinum, Lonmin and Impala Platinum…
In their latest update CEOs Chris Griffith, Terence Goodlace and Ben Magara said: “The extended strike on the platinum belt is unprecedented, and at a stage wh... ››› more
Shale Gas could've been the next big boom sector in South Africa.
The Karoo is the fifth largest gas field in the world, and local as well as international companies are interested in developing it.
After all, according to estimates, shale gas extraction from the Karoo will lead to 9% GDP growth for South Africa!
And just imagine the possibility of extracting cheap shale gas and using it ... ››› more
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