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African Development Bank plans R10bn in loans to Eskom 

By: Reuters     7th November 2018 The African Development Bank plans to lend South African power utility Eskom around R10-billion ($720-million) in 2019 and 2020, the bank's president Akinwumi Adesina said. "We plan to lend around $620-million for the Medupi power plant, and around $100-million for Eskom's transmission network,... 

SARB made important changes to forecasting model

By: Reuters     1st November 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) made changes in one of its main forecasting models earlier this year that should result in the model predicting less persistent inflation and fewer rate hikes after a spike in inflation. The changes to the Quarterly Projection Model, a tool used by the... 

Global gold demand growing across market segments, held back by US ETF outflows

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2018 World Gold Council (WGC) member and market relations head John Mulligan says the third quarter was a strong one for the global gold industry. Although demand increased by only 1%, or 6 t, compared with the third quarter 2017, the 964 t of gold demand recorded in the third quarter was underpinned... 

Nigerian court adjourns case between MTN, central bank to Dec 4

By: Reuters     30th October 2018 A Lagos judge adjourned a hearing on Tuesday in a $10.1-billion dispute between South African telecoms firm MTN Group and Nigeria's central bank to Dec 4. The central bank alleges the firm illegally sent $8.1-billion abroad, and the Nigerian government has demanded $2-billion in taxes from MTN. 

AfDB to institute climate risk management programme for African countries

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th October 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Africa Disaster Risks Financing (ADRiFi) programme – the institution’s first climate risk management programme aimed at boosting resilience and responding to climate shocks in regional member countries. The initial phase is expected to run from... 

South Africa spends too much time on populism, Kganyago says

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 South Africa spends too much time debating populist issues such as the proposed nationalisation of the central bank, instead of focusing on steps to boost the economy, Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said. “We have spent too much of the year indulging in populism instead of making... 

Zimbabwe gold producers warn currency shortage threatens output

By: Bloomberg     29th October 2018 Zimbabwean gold producers may suspend operations because a foreign-exchange shortage has left them with insufficient funds to cover production costs, the main industry lobby group said. Curbing output would deprive the country of a key source of export earnings as Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Central banks to increase gold buying for first time since 2013  

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2018 Central banks are set to increase their purchases of gold in 2018 for the first time in five years as eastern European and Asian countries seek to diversify their reserves. Net purchases of gold by central banks are forecast to rise to 450 metric tons this year, up from 375 tons in 2017,... 

“Solar energy lighting the way for small businesses”

24th October 2018 Large shopping centres in urban hubs have been early adopters of the solar farming trend. With ample roof space and large daily energy usage, they are a perfect case study for the cost-saving benefits of solar power. However, the economic spinoffs of renewable energy are truly palpable in rural... 

AfDB reports another year of sustained indicators

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd October 2018 Ahead of its maiden African Investment Forum (AIF) in November, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has reported another year of sustained indicators for 2017, underlined by a Triple A rating by all three major agencies and sharply increased earnings. The bank noted in a statement released on... 

DBSA awarded funding to create R2bn climate finance facility 

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2018 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) announced on Monday that it has been awarded funding of R795-million to establish a R2-billion Climate Finance Facility (CFF) focusing on infrastructure projects and businesses that mitigate or adapt to climate change.  The DBSA received funding from... 

Flirting with populism? Ask Venezuela how that went – SARB head Kganyago

By: News24Wire      19th October 2018 South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago has warned leaders that a wave of populism sweeping a number of global economies was a sign that leaders should be more responsible and accountable.  Speaking at the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals conference... 

Sub-Saharan Africa's big economies yet to recover

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa's economic recovery will progress slowly into next year, as the continent's biggest drivers struggle to move into higher gear despite a healthier global economy, a Reuters poll found on Friday. Commodity prices have improved and the global economy is in good shape, but Nigeria... 

Driftwood liquefied natural gas project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 The project will provide gas and processing facilities to produce up to 27.6-million tonnes a year of liquefied natural gas for export. 

South African slump batters smaller neighbours protecting rand peg

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2018 South Africans aren’t the only ones struggling through the country’s economic slump. The fortunes of Lesotho, Namibia, and eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, are beholden to developments in their larger neighbor with their exchange rates pegged to the rand, the worst-performing major currency... 

Nigeria central bank, MTN getting closer to settlement – Minister

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 Nigeria's central bank and South African telecommunications firm MTN could soon strike a deal in their dispute over the repatriation of $8.1-billion, Nigeria's information minister said on Wednesday. The central bank says MTN transferred $8.1-billion of funds out of Nigeria in breach of... 

Nigeria State oil company denies existence of $3.5bn fuel subsidy fund

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Nigeria's State oil company on Wednesday denied parliament's accusation that it had a $3.5-billion fund to surreptitiously subsidise imports of gasoline. The upper house Senate said on Tuesday it would investigate the fund it said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was using... 

AfDB to provide €229m for Rwanda electricity programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2018 The Rwandan government has signed a €229.20-million funding agreement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support the country’s electricity supply improvement programme and expand access to electricity under the Scaling Up Electricity Access Program Phase II (SEAP II). This builds on... 

Mboweni slams KPMG over role in VBS scandal

By: African News Agency      16th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Tuesday condemned auditing firm KPMG for signing off on the financial statements of failed VBS Mutual Bank even though, according to a South African Reserve Bank report, it was clear that it had a shortfall of about R1-billion. "When you have a big auditing firm... 

Karri app for school payments expands offering to any organisation needing to collect funds

16th October 2018 The Karri app, launched in April last year, has grown to just under 300 South African schools driven by parent and teacher demand for a solution to school payments. Due to the success of this collections platform, Karri has expanded its offering to include collections for just about any purpose... 

Treasury says recession, falling revenue dent public finances

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 South Africa will struggle to finance the public services that form the largest part of its budget due to falling revenues and an economic recession, the National Treasury told lawmakers on Tuesday. Africa's most industrialised economy slipped into recession in the second quarter for the first... 

Nene rollercoaster takes Nomura from major rand bear to bull

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Nhlanhla Nene has been dropped from South Africa’s cabinet twice in three years – and his misfortunes have been the catalyst that turned one of the biggest rand bears into one of the biggest bulls. As the currency declined this week amid speculation that Nene would resign as finance minister,... 

Ramaphosa treads 'softly-softly' in South Africa power play 

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa is caught in an intricate game of political chess as he seeks to stamp his authority on the government while maintaining a semblance of party unity before elections next year. While his finance minister and political ally, Nhlanhla Nene, resigned Tuesday after lying... 

Hawks, NPA teams already at work on VBS fraud investigation  

By: News24Wire      11th October 2018 The final investigation report into the R1.8-billion fraud at VBS Mutual Bank released on Wednesday cannot be used as evidence to prosecute any individuals, but is serving as a "useful guide" to prosecutors and police investigators. This is according to National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson... 

Basic Cyber Hygiene Practices That Go A Long Way

10th October 2018 Doros Hadjizenonos, regional sales director at Fortinet in South Africa When on the job at a corporate office, a healthcare organization, or an academic institution or government agency, or even when you are working from a local coffee shop, restaurant, or home office, your organization’s online... 

Dollar shortage 'short-term problem' for miners in Zimbabwe – Minister

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 A dollar shortage that has sparked outrage from mining companies operating in Zimbabwe is a "short-term problem" that will be remedied by a stronger economy, the mines minister told Reuters. Zimbabwe is suffering acute shortages of US dollars, deterring foreign capital from helping the ailing... 

Tulu Kapi on track for 2019 construction start

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 Aim-listed Kefi Minerals made progress with preparations for the development of its Tulu Kapi project, in Ethiopia, in the third quarter ended September 30. Project development funding has been secured through the Ethiopian government, which committed $20-million over 2019 and 2020 to fund... 

Jonas is said to decline South African Finance Minister post

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Mcebisi Jonas declined an offer to replace Nhlanhla Nene as South Africa’s finance minister, spurring President Cyril Ramaphosa to consider central bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago and one of his predecessors, Tito Mboweni, for the job, according to three people familiar with the matter. Jonas, a... 

RioZim to sue central bank over dollar payments

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Zimbabwe's gold miner RioZim on Tuesday said it would take legal action to force the central bank to pay it in US dollars for part of its output, signalling impatience by mining companies over acute dollar shortages afflicting the economy. The shortages have worsened since 2016 and are the... 

Global growth at risk from $100 oil next year, BofAML says

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 If oil prices head above $100 a barrel, it could shave 0.2 percentage points from global economic growth next year -- but this hinges crucially on the dollar, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Sanctions on Iran, shale bottlenecks, Venezuelan turmoil and increased demand pose an upside... 

Nigeria's Emefiele is said to meet with MTN, banks Tuesday

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Nigeria’s central bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, will meet with MTN Group and four banks on Tuesday amid a dispute over $8.1-billion that the bank said was transferred illegally out of the country, two people familiar with the situation said. The people declined to be identified because the... 

MTN shares up 2% on possibility of reduced repatriation demand

By: Reuters     8th October 2018 South Africa's MTN Group shares rose as much as 2.55% after the Nigerian central bank governor said on Sunday the bank may reduce the amount it has ordered the telecoms firm to repatriate as part of an ongoing disagreement. MTN and the central bank are in a dispute over the transfer of $8.1... 

Importers tightening control over logistics processes

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     5th October 2018 Amid government’s Automotive Masterplan support programme that targets 60% local component production and manufacturing, automotive businesses are tightening control over their logistics processes – where trade finance is being viewed as a broader import finance solution rather than a... 

World Bank lowers 2018 growth forecast for South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd October 2018 The World Bank has lowered its 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for South Africa to 1%, from an April projection of 1.4%, and says the country’s growth will remain subdued in 2019. The bank also lowered its 2019 projection for South Africa to 1.3%, from 1.8% in April, and... 

Goldman forecasts South African economic rebound in 2019

By: Reuters     3rd October 2018 Goldman Sachs expects South Africa's economy to grow almost 3% next year, helped by President Cyril Ramaphosa's reforms and strong global growth, the bank's sub-Saharan Africa head told Reuters. Colin Coleman's prediction is more optimistic than the view held by economists polled by Reuters last... 

SARB says don't underplay risk of CPI passing 6%

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 The risk that South African inflation will overshoot the 6% upper limit of the Reserve Bank’s target should not be underestimated given the volatile global environment, Deputy Governor Daniel Mminele said. An extended and sizable deviation in price growth from 4.5% “would raise the risks of... 

Zambia mines to pay mineral royalties in dollars to stabilize kwacha

By: Reuters     3rd October 2018 Zambia has asked mining companies to pay mineral royalties directly to the central bank in dollars as one of the measures to help stabilise its kwacha currency , its finance minister said on Tuesday. The kwacha gained more than 5% to close at 11.9500 per dollar on Tuesday after hitting 12.6750 on... 

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