Africa’s Burundi is one of its most premier tourist spots. It is closest to Rwanda and both territories share a common pre-colonial history. Burundi was a kingdom with an oral history and archaeological side of history. Its founder was a man called Cambarantama, who Burundi legends say, was formerly a Rwandan. However, some versions of the story claim that Cambarantama came from Buha.
Burundi’s kingdom had a hierarchical political structure and had tribunals. Kings had aristocracy and often charged taxes or tributes from local farmers and herders. Europeans visited the country in 1856. Most visitors were missionaries and explorers who gauged and studied Burundi’s kingdom.
Burundi also became a part of German East Africa in 1899. After the Burundi king Mwezi IV refused any European influence inside their country, including culture and products, Germany used force to take over Burundi by backing the King’s son in law, Maconco.
The rule of Germany never led to Burundi’s colonial era. However, after the Belgian troops entered the country during the First World War, Belgium received the territory of Rwanda and Burundi. Belgium changed the monarchy and aristocracy, placing their own figures in the country’s political circle.
Burundi gained independence on July 1, 1962, but its Tutsi aristocracy remained. Tutsi King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng established a monarchy. Soon, multiple insurgencies developed in the political ring of Burundi with many assassinations, civil wars and a genocide involving ethnic cleansing between different ethnic groups.
Today, Burundi has a constitution led by a parliamentary government since 2005, where the good governance minister, Pierre Nkurunziza, became their first post-transitional president that led to where Burundi is today.
You always have the option of working with a claims management company or compensation solicitor to ensure you get the compensation you deserve from your injuries, but you could also make a claim as effective as legal professionals can on your own. Here’s a few things you need to know to ensure that you get the complete compensation you deserve from your injury compensation claims.
1. The Definition of Personal Injury
Personal injury is defined in the UK legislative as a form of physical injury, disease, illness or a psychological injury or illness inflicted by another party or parties. Any harm that comes your way caused by the actions of another party is automatically personal injury.
2. First Things First
After your accident, inform the police at once if the injury was from a road accident. If it was a work accident, report directly to your employer, who is bound by law to keep note of all workplace-related accidents at all times. Having an actual record that your accident happened helps make your claiming situation easier.
3. Medical Check-Up
Medical professionals can help you avoid making your injury worse. Have a medical check-up and be treated. The medical professional’s prognosis of your injuries will include their description of the pain and suffering you are feeling, the estimated costs of the medical operations needed to ensure your survival and your future costs.
If you had a car accident, you may need to take photos right after your accident. Victims with in-car monitoring during car accidents can use the footage as evidence for their compensation claim. Most of the time, workplaces and roads have surveillance and monitoring cameras; you could ask the right authorities to retrieve these tapes by providing them the date of your accident.
After you finish your letter of complaint that contains how your accident happened, evidences that your accident happened and can prove the offender is liable for your injuries, you could submit your compensation claim by taking the case in a civil court, approaching the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority or through a criminal compensation order.
Claims experts always tell their clients that bank representatives and personnel make use of abusive sales tactics when mis selling payment protection insurance. Even if you only need your billing statements, a PPI template letter and good legal counselling for a successful PPI claim, you might need to know how banks mis sold PPI. Here’s a good explanation of how your bank actually tries to swindle you.
According to the Financial Services Authority, banks had a faulty incentives system that motivates employees to gain huge incentives and commission cuts depending on the amount of PPI they have sold during the “insurance boom” era. As a result, bank personnel continue to focus their efforts into selling insurances without checking the customer’s eligibility for the insurance. This practice lasted for 10 years, with banks selling PPI to 3.2 million ineligible customers.
Bank employees usually claim that one of the loan requirements is to take out an insurance policy from the bank. They can also tell customers that they recommend it to all their successful customers. Employees can also pressure customers by telling them the insurance policy increased the chances of loan application success as it lowered their risk value. However, none of the above is actually true.
One abusive sales tactic that banks do to sell PPI is not to mention any part of the terms and conditions of the insurance to their customers and make it appear as a requirement. This is obviously pressuring the customer by giving them no knowledge and choice.
If you intend to visit the best tourist spots in South Africa, namely Burundi and other cities, you will want to know about its economy, the expenditures you could potentially face and the sights to see to estimate the time and worth of the entire travel itself. Listed here are information regarding specific travel facts and other information about Burundi to help you plan your next South African adventure.
1. Local Prices
Your country’s economy can give you an advantage or disadvantage when traveling to another country. Burundi’s prices can work with a budget set for travel in India, Thailand or Egypt, so you can consider it quite an affordable trip. Burundi is the least expensive option if you need to make a choice traveling to other South African areas, namely Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2. Crime Rate
Burundi’s crime rate is comparable to Sao Paulo, Brazil’s level. Always keep your valuables not too exposed and dress casually. Do not don something that can give potential thieves a cue to make a run for your money literally. Local authorities can assist you for any trouble, but prevention is always worth a pound of cure, so take it to yourself to take care of your belongings and dress appropriately.
Burundi’s climate conditions are quite similar to India and Russia. The country has seasons that can be quite hotter than the usual summer and cold winters. Make sure you pack the right set of clothes for the weather before you travel to Burundi to avoid unnecessary spending for new winter clothes.
Consumers, consumer groups and critics have many things to say about the deadline for payment protection insurance claims, and most of these are negative. Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com says that banks are being unfair. He calls the move “immoral” and says that authorities should provide a decade of claiming for customers as banks mis sold PPI for a decade.
The Financial Services Authority has placed in consideration the point of Confederation of British Industry director-general John Cridland to have the United Kingdom move on from PPI to more pressing economic matters by putting a deadline to claiming . Many financial analysts see the point in Cridland’s notion; the UK’s financial industry is uncertain when will PPI claiming end as almost 3.2 million customers were mis sold the insurance policy. As thousands of claims pour into the UK bank call centres for PPI claims, the banks have pledged £13 billion in total for the fiasco. At least £8 billion had been returned to customers.
Consumers are furious about the sudden announcement of the deadline. Some customers argue that their banks have not even asked them to make a claim through a letter or an email. The Financial Ombudsman Chief Natalie Ceeney said that banks never fulfilled their end of the contract, which was to send out invitations for customers to make a claim. They are also clogging the claims system by rejecting claims. The Financial Ombudsman handles re-submitted and bank-rejected PPI claims, estimating that at least 7 out of 10 of the rejected claims are actually valid PPI claims.
Experts state that pushing a deadline for PPI claims is still too soon. They estimate that if the deadline is set for April 2014, chances are the rate of incoming claims will increase, having notable consequence to the processing of PPI claims. Also, banks have a bad image with PPI claiming with their customers, which may impact customer banking activities if they do not improve their claiming services first before imposing a deadline.
You might think that traveling while saving money is an impossible feat, but you can actually do it in a realistic setting. South Africa is not one of the most expensive places to travel and it offers much more than what you could pay for it. Here are some tips to help you save money while traveling in South Africa.
If you only care to spend a day in a location, you could go for a hotel for the full experience, but if you’re staying not longer than 5 days, having another type of accommodation can be more appealing to your budget. Most locals in South Africa offer transient rooms, apartelles and hotel chains. Hotel chains can provide you the accommodations you get from a hotel, but with a membership card, you could get discounts or even a free room.
Saving money means traveling as the locals do. Commuting in South Africa, traveling by bus or cab, is a good way to enjoy the sights on foot. Rather than traveling on a tour bus on schedule with an itinerary, commuting gives you a sense of independence and adventure as you fend for yourself without any itinerary, yet having no schedule to follow.
Food bought from the local stores, especially the ones in bazaars or stalls, are cheaper than what hotels and accommodation can bring you. If you feel a bit adventurous with your food (and given you don’t have sudden food allergies), try out the local delicacies cooked by the locals themselves. While elite African chefs are world-class, nothing beats the feeling of eating what the locals actually enjoy to know more about the country’s realistic culture.
Most sights, including historical and landscape sights, will need you to pay a small fee upon entering. Museums and parks usually charge the normal rate. However, some of these locations can provide you free entrance usually on off peak or on peak hours. Take advantage of these schedules; it is advised you keep a notebook for writing down the schedules of different sights and venues you want to visit that have “free” hours.
Backpacking is another form of leisure travel, only this time, you pay for less and the experience is full package. This means that you don’t only get to experience South Africa’s leisures but every hassle that the local folk also experience. If you want to get a better taste of the places in South Africa, from Burundi to Johannesburg, you can try backpacking.
One most evident benefit of backpacking is the development of your interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. You’ll need to learn the local language to learn from the locals how to commute, the best areas where to get good sales items, transportation, cheap leisure services and even personalized travel. You’ll develop your own skills in micromanagement, budgeting, finance and scheduling as well.
Backpacking, as the term itself implies, means carrying with you all your things as you travel. It involves traveling lightly while providing yourself everything that you need. As different places involve different prices, you learn to haggle, exchange, and to be patient in getting inside events without any VIP passes.
When you do backpacking, you save tons of money in the process. You don’t board tour buses; you journey on foot or by commute or cab. You temporarily become one with the locals when you visit, learn all their troubles and have troubles of your own. The troubles and successes you find in backpacking the entire South Africa, or just parts of it, helps make the entire trip more memorable than just enjoying the nightlife and sights of the country.
It is rumoured that on April 2013, the win/lose no fee claims system would return to the no win no fee claims system. Even if public perception of no win no fee is gaining 100% compensation for many claimants because of claims management company endorsements, claimants will not get 100% from no win no fee. Legal representatives will take 25% off the compensation received by victims. If you want to ensure getting 100% of your compensation, you need to do the following.
1. The Possibility of 100% With CMC Help
The Ministry of Justice recently evaluated that claimants with legal compensation claims that are not likely to be fraudulent or exaggerated may keep 100% of their compensation, leaving defendants to handle base legal fees and success fees. If your case is severe enough to get you the proper compensation and you have viable evidences, enlisting a legal expert’s help still guarantees you a win/lose no fee agreement as per Ministry of Justice advice.
The new guidelines will be implemented on April 2013 because of fraudulent claims cases where insurers can contest the legality of a claimant’s case. If you have valid evidences, such as two medical reports and opinions from two medical professionals that ensure your case is no fraud, you have a great chance of success. Also, be informed about the standards concerning the injury, such as for a whiplash injury to happen, the speed of your vehicle should be around 10km/h.
3. DIY Claims
You can actually do your compensation claims yourself if you’re already strong enough and it is actually simple. You only need to fill up a personal injury claim form and provide your evidences to the insurer and medical board to ensure that you get complete compensation. The only downside of this is that you would need to provide for your medical fees on your own in the first few days after the accident.
4. No Win No Fee Claims Companies
Even before April 2013, no win no fee claims management companies are already doing their tasks. If you believe you need legal help and to ensure their quality of work by taking 25% of your compensation claim, which you don’t mind as well, a no win no fee claims company is right up your alley for legal support.
Music is the easiest, most accessible medium in today’s information age and through the Internet, people can hear the music you make easily. If you want to improve your chances of making the big scene, Internet marketing strategies to ensure your success exist. Applying these principles in endorsing your music can make all the difference.
Having a personal website with demonstration videos and free music downloads allows audiences and other authorities to look at your performances. You could choose to record a live performance in front of audiences, or perform in front of a camera a song that you recently made. Videos are proof that you, the musician, exists, and people pay more attention to detail using the Internet as a medium.
Make profile accounts on the different social networks existing today. Each one has a community that is different from another. It is important that you interact with the different kinds of people existing in different social networks and help them discover your music. Should some of your campaigns fail, you can learn more about how to tweak your profile “brand” to your audience’s tastes.
When advertising your music brand, it is important that you consider banner advertisements or affiliate links. Advertising does not usually work individually; it is better that you subscribe to a music-interest social community and promote your music to the market audience. Advertising in social media depends on the theme of the social media community and if your music or profile “brand” fits the deal.
If you’re traveling in South Africa, make sure to stop by these tourist spots considered by many critics and travelers as the highlights of the journey. It might only be this one time you’d travel to South Africa, so it is advised that you make the best use of your time and resources to enjoy what it has to offer. From Cape Town to a reminiscent of fiction paradise in Eden, you’ll surely enjoy your time in these places.
Johannesburg, or Jo-burg as referred to by local residents, is the modern South African culture and probably the best place to stay in if you’re missing the comforts of home. A healthy nightlife, a good shopping and entertainment section and great restaurant chains flock the entire city of Johannesburg.
2. Robben Island
Robben Island was where political and public figure Nelson Mandela was held hostage. While originally an institute of torture and violence, Mandela, in his term, turned the island into a spiritual journey for tourists and also a historical tour for the history of Africa and how South Africa, notably Mandela, rose against the violence during its time.
3. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
This is where backpackers and mountaineers see the “God’s Window”, a famous site where giant sunrays pass through breaking clouds at dawn, showing a glorifying look that is only once in a life time. The canyon reserve also has scenic drives and hiking trails for tourists looking to bond with nature.
4. Cape Town and Peninsula
Cape Town, Peninsula and Point are all famous for their beautiful sites and culture as it features celebrity beaches, whale watching and also the comforts of home. These includes nightlife, shopping, food and wine and a relaxing morning atmosphere.