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The Bitcoin Legacy

TIGELE MOKOBI

Tribute to Christine Ndu Ramakhubu-Lempaletse

There is a popular quote by an unknown author that says, “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Once you figure out which it is, then you know exactly what to do.” I found myself reflecting on this saying when news of the passing of Christine Ndu Ramakhubu-Lempaletse broke out. I must confess that I hardly knew Christine except that she is a very close friend’s sister and that she had just recently signed up for Bitcoin mining with our team, The Dream Team. However, in our brief encounter a lot of the strong, focused, determined, avant-garde character her sister often spoke about, came through.

The Dream Team is an offshoot of Crypto-Giants which is an affiliate of AchieversKlub (ACK) digital currency entrepreneurs from across the world. The group has come together to explore the great new business and investment opportunities presented by the emerging decentralized digital currency or cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin using the BitClub Network business model.

Established in 2014, BitClub Network is a global wealth creating company for the digital currency market. The distribution network helps its members participate in the blockchain technology and accumulate digital assets such as Bitcoin. By combining a crowd funded mining pool with the power of an affiliate payment structure, BitClub Network presents an exceptional opportunity for members to leverage their earning potential unlike any other investors in this space. BitClub Network allows its members to build a global business using its attractive affiliate marketing opportunity. 

Christine’s enrollment into the BitClub Networking fold was a classic example of what most of us go through with our investments and pension schemes. We all know the drill, the mantra is repeated incessantly throughout our schooling and working life, “Whatever you do, put aside some money and prepare for life after retirement!” American businessman and author Robert Kiyosaki put the retirement concept more bluntly for the young and ambitious in his book, “Retire young, retire rich!”

When it came to retirement planning, Christine did everything by the book. The 56 year old retired school head worked diligently her entire life to ensure that she had a tidy sum put aside for life after work and her dependents inheritance in the event of her death. However, after 25 years of loyal and distinguished service to the noble profession, Christine received an unpleasant awakening by the contraction of her pension payout. As has become a reality for all who have reached retirement stage, what she received after all the years of saving for her retirement was way less than what she expected.

The situation had been made worse by the fact that her pension fund, the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF), has been marred by controversy in recent years, “most ranging from political interference, corruption and other forms of maladministration.” BPOPF is the third largest pension fund in Africa with an asset value worth over P55 billion, and bigger than Botswana’s entire banking sector. 

Coincidently, it was at this stage of her life that The Dream Team presented the BitClub Network business and investment opportunity to Christine. In a strange turn of events, The Dream Team’s pitch to Christine happened amidst the deafening noise of a speculative Bitcoin bubble by crypto skeptics and naysayers. Nonetheless, the nonconformist she was, she refused to be swayed by the prevailing pessimistic commotion.

Christine was a rear breed, a discerning, headstrong and open-minded individual who had an entrepreneurial streak in her genetic makeup and did not sheepishly follow the flock. When presented with the BitClub Networks opportunity of, ‘prosperity in the second era of the internet,’ she did not hide her initial apprehension of the technology but still proceeded to ask hard and pointed questions about the networking company’s digital assets and how this could benefit her and her dependents.

In spite of the uncertainties and the bleak outlook painted by the deceitful gang of crypto-pessimists, Christine conducted her own due diligence, and once she was satisfied with the responses she was given, she overcame her earlier anxieties about the technology and signed up to become one of the earlier members of The Dream Team. She refused to listen to the delusional chorus of crypto-bashers who are fighting the disruptive power of digital currencies that threaten the conventional financial system and its world currency dominance. As soon as she was converted, Christine became a staunch and enthusiastic crypto evangelist. She was quick to adopt to the new technologies and position herself to benefit from the opportunities presented by the BitClub Network franchise.

A committed Christian and seasoned business woman who dabbled in farming, Christine assumed her BitClub Network membership with immense passion, dedication and determination to succeed. At the time she lived in Gaborone West with her twin brother, Christopher Lempaletse and held a senior position, Mma Mookami at The Holy Bontle Apostolic Church in Zion. She had immediately drawn up a long list of prospects she intended to introduce to the business.

The list comprised of individuals from family, friends, acquaintances, church members and former colleagues from her long and illustrious service in the teaching profession. The consummate professional she was, Christine had also immediately ordered business cards to give her business networking enterprise some professional flair and authenticity. In a tragic turn of events, Christine was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer soon after her enrollment into BitClub Network.

Her condition rapidly deteriorated thereafter and after fierce battle with the disease, she sadly succumbed to it on the 16th of October, 2018. Her body was laid to rest at her ancestral home in Sebina on 21st October. The true crypto convert she was, Christine left a Will that all her three children and three grandchildren be bequeathed with BitClub Network mining Pools (Shares) as a lasting and impactful legacy of her love and care for them. Set at appropriate repurchase percentages, the partial share purchase of the mining Pools assures her dependents a lifetime of uninterrupted mining and daily earnings of Bitcoin mining dividends.    

As I reflect on the adage that says, “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime,” it becomes clear that the brief but impactful instance when Christine’s life crossed with mine demonstrates that it is not late to invest in Bitcoin. Our paths crossed because of Bitcoin and despite the inordinate barriers she faced in the uptake of this ground-breaking technology she prevailed. Bitcoin continues to thrive despite an elaborate smear campaign that calls the digital asset a, “Ponzi scheme, a scam and a financial and asset bubble that is about to burst.”

Award winning business and photojournalist, Jay Caboz writes that, “we live in a world where there are prevailing prejudicial attitudes towards older people and that this discrimination and stereotyping views the elderly as dependent, non-contributing members of society who are averse to technology.” He says that in the developing world, especially in Africa, so strong is the stereotype of elderly digital dunce that the ageist perception has often become a self-fulfilling prophesy that reinforces the myth that the elderly are not only technologically fearful but also technologically challenged and incompetent.

However, while the mind-blowing technological advances of the fourth industrial revolution are purported to have left many Baby Boomers and the Generation X cohorts in absolute awe and many more quite simply overwhelmed, I find the speed and passion with which Christine disabused herself of the crypto bashers misinformation commendable and her investment in Bitcoin inspiring for those considered to be technology fearful and, “late adaptors who struggle to keep up with the pace and scale of change in the digital age.” Christine dispelled the erroneous and misplaced perceptions that suggest that her generation is fearful and show a low adjustment to the advent of new technologies.

In the end, Christine proved to be a technologically astute, shrewd and decisive business woman. She was able to outsmart the current financial system which robbed her of her life savings through corruption, mismanagement and attrition of returns in pension funds.  She was quick to see the promise of the Bitcoin revolution to, “bring more of the worlds population out of poverty than anything we have ever witnessed before.” She is counted among the country’s early Bitcoin adopters, a game-changing pensioner who defied the odds and embraced technology long before its benefits were obvious to many.

She was among the first of her contemporaries to see the blockchain technology as, “the grand connector and value-adding novelty and opportunity creator in the economic and social spheres of our lives.” She is the celebrated champion of the world’s first digital currency. Christine is the Bitcoin royalty who bequeathed her children with Bitcoin, the world’s most prolific digital asset and the fastest global currency.

She left her children a consummate inheritance, a truly lasting legacy of daily Bitcoin earnings for the rest of their lives. An asset that is better than the traditional assets such as cattle which is labour intensive; cash which is fast losing its value; commodities with their inflated expectations; and real estate which remains illiquid. Christine’s Bitcoin legacy will be handed down from generation to generation, compounding an enduring generational wealth for her descendants and ensuring them a better quality of life. Christine is survived by 3 children, 3 grandchildren, her mother and 15 siblings. May her soul rest in peace.

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Export Processing Zones: How to Get SEZA to Sizzle

23rd September 2020
Export Processing Zone (EPZ) factory in Kenya

In 2005, the Business & Economic Advisory Council (BEAC) pitched the idea of the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to the Mogae Administration.

It took five years before the SEZ policy was formulated, another five years before the relevant law was enacted, and a full three years before the Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) became operational.

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Egypt Bagged Again

23rd September 2020
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… courtesy of infiltration stratagem by Jehovah-Enlil’s clan

With the passing of Joshua’s generation, General Atiku, the promised peace and prosperity of a land flowing with milk and honey disappeared, giving way to chaos and confusion.

Maybe Joshua himself was to blame for this shambolic state of affairs. He had failed to mentor a successor in the manner Moses had mentored him. He had left the nation without a central government or a human head of state but as a confederacy of twelve independent tribes without any unifying force except their Anunnaki gods.

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‘RO, ‘RO ‘RO YOUR ‘BOT

23rd September 2020

If I say the word ‘robot’ to you,  I can guess what would immediately spring to mind –  a cute little Android or animal-like creature with human or pet animal characteristics and a ‘heart’, that is to say to say a battery, of gold, the sort we’ve all seen in various movies and  tv shows.  Think R2D2 or 3CPO in Star Wars, Wall-E in the movie of the same name,  Sonny in I Robot, loveable rogue Bender in Futurama,  Johnny 5 in Short Circuit…

Of course there are the evil ones too, the sort that want to rise up and eliminate us  inferior humans – Roy Batty in Blade Runner, Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in The Terminator,  Box in Logan’s Run,  Police robots in Elysium and  Otomo in Robocop.

And that’s to name but a few.  As a general rule of thumb, the closer the robot is to human form, the more dangerous it is and of course the ultimate threat in any Sci-Fi movie is that the robots will turn the tables and become the masters, not the mechanical slaves.  And whilst we are in reality a long way from robotic domination, there are an increasing number of examples of  robotics in the workplace.

ROBOT BLOODHOUNDS Sometimes by the time that one of us smells something the damage has already begun – the smell of burning rubber or even worse, the smell of deadly gas. Thank goodness for a robot capable of quickly detecting and analyzing a smell from our very own footprint.

A*Library Bot The A*Star (Singapore) developed library bot which when books are equipped with RFID location chips, can scan shelves quickly seeking out-of-place titles.  It manoeuvres with ease around corners, enhances the sorting and searching of books, and can self-navigate the library facility during non-open hours.

DRUG-COMPOUNDING ROBOT Automated medicine distribution system, connected to the hospital prescription system. It’s goal? To manipulate a large variety of objects (i.e.: drug vials, syringes, and IV bags) normally used in the manual process of drugs compounding to facilitate stronger standardisation, create higher levels of patient safety, and lower the risk of hospital staff exposed to toxic substances.

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY ROBOTS Applications include screw-driving, assembling, painting, trimming/cutting, pouring hazardous substances, labelling, welding, handling, quality control applications as well as tasks that require extreme precision,

AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS Ecrobotix, a Swiss technology firm has a solar-controlled ‘bot that not only can identify weeds but thereafter can treat them. Naio Technologies based in southwestern France has developed a robot with the ability to weed, hoe, and assist during harvesting. Energid Technologies has developed a citrus picking system that retrieves one piece of fruit every 2-3 seconds and Spain-based Agrobot has taken the treachery out of strawberry picking. Meanwhile, Blue River Technology has developed the LettuceBot2 that attaches itself to a tractor to thin out lettuce fields as well as prevent herbicide-resistant weeds. And that’s only scratching the finely-tilled soil.

INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SCRUBBERS The Global Automatic Floor Scrubber Machine boasts a 1.6HP motor that offers 113″ water lift, 180 RPM and a coverage rate of 17,000 sq. ft. per hour

These examples all come from the aptly-named site www.willrobotstakemyjob.com    because while these functions are labour-saving and ripe for automation, the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the workplace will undoubtedly lead to increasing reliance on machines and a resulting swathe of human redundancies in a broad spectrum of industries and services.

This process has been greatly boosted by the global pandemic due to a combination of a workforce on furlough, whether by decree or by choice, and the obvious advantages of using virus-free machines – I don’t think computer viruses count!  For example, it was suggested recently that their use might have a beneficial effect in care homes for the elderly, solving short staffing issues and cheering up the old folks with the novelty of having their tea, coffee and medicines delivered by glorified model cars.  It’s a theory, at any rate.

Already, customers at the South-Korean  fast-food chain No Brand Burger can avoid any interaction with a human server during the pandemic.  The chain is using robots to take orders, prepare food and bring meals out to diners.  Customers order and pay via touchscreen, then their request is sent to the kitchen where a cooking machine heats up the buns and patties. When it’s ready, a robot ‘waiter’ brings out their takeout bag.   

‘This is the first time I’ve actually seen such robots, so they are really amazing and fun,’ Shin Hyun Soo, an office worker at No Brand in Seoul for the first time, told the AP. 

Human workers add toppings to the burgers and wrap them up in takeout bags before passing them over to yellow-and-black serving robots, which have been compared to Minions. 

Also in Korea, the Italian restaurant chain Mad for Garlic is using serving robots even for sit-down customers. Using 3D space mapping and other technology, the electronic ‘waiter,’ known as Aglio Kim, navigates between tables with up to five orders.  Mad for Garlic manager Lee Young-ho said kids especially like the robots, which can carry up to 66lbs in their trays.

These catering robots look nothing like their human counterparts – in fact they are nothing more than glorified food trolleys so using our thumb rule from the movies, mankind is safe from imminent takeover but clearly  Korean hospitality sector workers’ jobs are not.

And right there is the dichotomy – replacement by stealth.  Remote-controlled robotic waiters and waitresses don’t need to be paid, they don’t go on strike and they don’t spread disease so it’s a sure bet their army is already on the march.

But there may be more redundancies on the way as well.  Have you noticed how AI designers have an inability to use words of more than one syllable?  So ‘robot’ has become ‘bot’ and ‘android’ simply ‘droid?  Well, guys, if you continue to build machines ultimately smarter than yourselves you ‘rons  may find yourself surplus to requirements too – that’s ‘moron’ to us polysyllabic humans”!

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