Special Reports

S.A launches BRICS Business Council Portal

In an effort to connect and promote regular dialogue between South African individuals and entities with an interest in doing business within the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) trade bloc, the South African chapter of the BRICS Business Council today launched the SA BRICS Business Council Portal. Following the BRICS Business Council’s agenda of encouraging dialogue to drive ...

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African elephant population tumbles around 20 pct on poaching

Africa’s elephant population fell around 20 percent between 2006 and 2015 because of a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said in a report on Sunday. Switzerland-based IUCN is regarded as the most authoritative source on wild fauna populations and the report’s release at a U.N. conference on the global wildlife trade will lend ...

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Time for Africa to leverage the power of mentorship

Sitting at 30,000 feet flying over the Atlantic after attending a dynamic Techstars and AcceleratingAfrica event in Manhattan, I was left with a lasting impression on the quality of the African entrepreneurs on display as they diligently and effortlessly pitched their business ideas to a diverse and engaged audience. The cohort of entrepreneurs came from Uganda, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana ...

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OPEC’s move puts a higher floor under the oil price

Yesterday’s OPEC outline agreement to reduce production has surprised the market, as recent OPEC gatherings had failed to generate alignment at a time of high regional tensions. We believe comments running up to the meeting, and yesterday’s statement do indicate a change in Saudi policy. We see any agreement between Iran and Saudi in the current environment, particularly with Russia’s ...

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Fitch: Sub-Saharan Sovereign Debt Rises, Hampers Consolidation

Sovereign debt levels and debt servicing costs have risen in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in recent years and will continue to do so in 2016 and 2017, Fitch Ratings says. The high share of concessional debt means that interest costs are not excessive for most countries in the region, but their increase makes fiscal consolidation more challenging. The median general government ...

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Global trade in wild African Grey Parrot banned, U.N. meeting rules

The United Nations has banned global trade in wild African Grey Parrots, prized for their ability to imitate human speech, to help counter a decline in numbers caused by trafficking and the loss of forests. The highly coveted species was placed on the convention’s “Appendix I”, which prohibits any cross-border movement in the birds or their body parts for commercial ...

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Free State: A province on the move, forging a new economic path

Pesented by: Free State Global Investors Trade Bridge 2016 The Free State, dubbed “The Province on the Move” is on its way to affirming that notion. In union with the annual Mangaung African Cultural Festival (MACUFE), the central province hosted the Global Investors Trade Bridge in the City of Roses, Bloemfontein. A lively discussion on how trade and investment opportunities ...

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