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Western Union launched Nigeria’s first outbound remittance payment service, which is expected to boost business growth in the country.

Africa Brief: Western Union services Nigeria and more…






Western Union launched Nigeria’s first outbound remittance payment service, which is expected to boost business growth in the country.

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Africa Brief: African import levies dent vehicle exports and more...

Africa Brief: African import levies dent vehicle exports and more…











Exports of South African produced vehicles into Africa is declining due to import levies by some countries on the continent.

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Facebook and online shopping? But why not internet banking

Africa Brief: Nigeria-SA Chamber talk African trade and more…











A meeting of Nigeria-South Africa Chambers of Commerce to be hosted in Lagos will discuss Africa’s competitiveness and ways of boosting intra-African trade

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What’s new in Africa’s telecoms industry?

Africa Brief: Kenya transfers mobile technology to Europe and more…











Mobile technology which allows clients to send cash with their telephones, has transformed business In East Africa and is now spreading to Europe.

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Raw materials could unlock Zambian development

Africa Brief: Ghana, Nigeria in fund’s sights and more…











Delta International Property Holdings, the first JSE listed property fund offering investors direct access to high growth markets in Africa, is targeting properties in Ghana and Nigeria, with an acquisition pipeline of $200m having been identified.

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The long- and short-term impact of Ebola on African healthcare

Africa Brief: EU, southern Africa ink trade partnership and more…











Negotiators for southern African states had agreed a new trade pact with the EU that would give the countries a bigger market for food exports, South Africa’s Trade and Industry Department said on Friday.

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Africa Brief: Ethiopian wine raises cheer for economy and more…

Africa Brief: Ethiopian wine raises cheer for economy and more…











French beverage giant Castel, which bottled its first batch of Ethiopian wine this year, is helping change the way outsiders view the country.

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Africa Brief: Mwana Africa mulls restarting diamond mine, Farming output key to African progress and more…











Mwana Africa was studying the viability of restarting under­ground operations at the Klip-springer diamond mine in South Africa as it broadened its resource portfolio and expanded its gold and nickel operations in Zimbabwe, the company said yesterday.

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Africa Brief: Fuel prices rise as subsidies cut, Mozambique tourism next big thing and more…











Cameroon has cut some of its costly fuel subsidies, a move that will please international donors calling for reforms, although similar moves have been reversed in the past due to the threat of protests against subsequent price rises.

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Africa Brief: Global investors losing out on Africa, Harare will not rush to return to its currency and more…











Global investors are missing great opportunities by not considering Africa for investment, with opportunity costs of up to $1.5bn being faced by those not investing in emerging markets.

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Africa Brief: Marriott targets new African markets, Bank lending rate lowered and more…











According to Marriott’s growth vision, the hotel chain is expecting a 4-6% increase in existing hotels and a 4-5% increase in new hotels.

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Africa's Youth

Africa Brief: African growth offers wide opportunity, network upgrades drive electronic test equipment and more…











The growing populations and economies of Africa allow South Africa to increase their returns faster if they supply products to Africa.

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Zambia set to surpass DRC in copper production

Africa Brief: Gabon: Talks to exploit iron ore begin, Tsogo Sun goes high end in Nigerian hotel market and more…











Gabon has opened talks to develop the 1 billion ton Belinga deposit and will launch a tender process in 2016. Belinga is one of the world’s largest untapped reserves. However mining there will not be easy as the deposit is separated from the coast by hundreds of kilometres of rainforest.

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Nigeria Banking Industry Customer Satisfaction Survey

Africa Brief: Tanzania reviews its mining contracts, Rwanda crafts laws that aim to expand financial sector and more…











Tanzania was reviewing mining contracts to ensure the government got a bigger share of revenue.

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Nigeria Petroleum Bill

Africa Brief: African airlines not realising potential, Bank Zambia goes live on bourse and more….











Middle East airlines are benefiting from the fact that African nations are not taking advantage of the increase in air travel demand.

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Africa's Youth

Africa Brief: Calgro sees growth in African markets & more…











Calgro M3 Holdings, the listed affordable housing company, anticipates further growth into the African markets after making its first venture beyond South Africa’s borders into Namibia with the Otjomuise project in Windhoek.

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African Tobacco Farmers Want Their Voices Heard

Africa Brief: $130m for cell towers in Africa and more…











IHS Holding, a telecommunications infrastructure company, buys and manages the cell towers of mobile network operators. The company said last week it had raised a further $130m which will be used to accelerate its plans for expansion into new and existing markets.

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Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa

Africa Brief: Nigerian economy passes SA, Zim croc farmers focus on own meat market and more…











The Nigerian economy surpassed South Africa’s as the largest on the continent after its gross domestic product (GDP) data were overhauled for the first time in two decades.

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Africa Brief: Barclays Africa looks at asset disposals and more...

Africa Brief: Barclays Africa looks at asset disposals and more…











Barclays Africa Group is looking to dispose of about R400m assets this year as part of its strategy to exit noncore activities and reduce risk to revenue. The retail and business banking unit is looking to dispose of investment properties while the head office has a number of assets classified as property within corporate real estate services that are classified as held for sale.

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Incredible growth of Kenya’s beer market

Africa Brief: Somalia Coast surveyed for oil and gas and more…











Offshore oil and gas surveys are taking place in hopes that this will attract new explorers such as Royal Dutch Shell. It plans to hold a licensing tender next year once Soma Oil and Ga

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Africa Brief: NIGERIA Navy destroys illegal refineries, World Bank set to fund Congo dam and more…











The World Bank is likely to approve the funding of the expansion of the Inga hydro-electric dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo according to a bank official.

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Africa brief: Mustek explores partnerships with Huawei in Africa; rolling blackouts stall SA economy; and more …






Mustek explores partnerships with Huawei in Africa MUSTEK, which announced on Friday that it would […]

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Discussion with Jason Kazilimani on investment prospects in Zambia

Africa Brief: New Swazi airport stands idle as citizens count cost; Standard Bank new rules put Angolan unit in black; and more…











SWAZI King Mswati III seems oblivious to descriptions of his new R3 billion airport as a “vanity project”. Opening the facility this week, he named the airport after himself.

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Africa Brief: Sanlam moves into Nigerian insurance market, Shell to drill for oil off coast of Namibia and more…











Zambia planned to spend $385 million (R4.2bn) to modernize the capital city’s main airport and turn Lusaka into a regional aviation hub, President Michael Sata said yesterday Sata said in a statement that the government would redesign Kenneth Kaunda International Airport to handle 4 million passengers a year.

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Private equity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Brief: Mixed reaction to the new BEE law, Governor faces abuse charges and more…











The focus of the new law is on preventing fronting. Most emphatically, Gerhard Papenfus, CEO of employer body the National Employers’ Asso¬ciation of SA, says that the new legislation, together with the Employment Equity Act, will make SA the most racially defined nation in the world.

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Africa Brief: Air Namibia bags seventh airline award and more…











Air Namibia scooped a Feather Award for the best regional airline at OR Tambo International Airport this year. This is a recognition that Airport Company of South Africa (Acsa) gives key players at its airports who consistently go the extra mile in providing passenger service excellence.

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Private equity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Brief: Top gold deposits possible at Congo project, Vodacom office opened in Ethiopia, and more…











Billionaire Dan Gertler’s Moku-Beverendi gold project in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo may contain as much as 5-million ounces of the metal, his Fleurette Group said. Kibali may eventually produce 550,000oz a year, according to Randgold’s website.

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Africa Brief: Tourism in Zimbabwe battles on as arrivals stagnate and more...

Africa Brief : Zimbabwe mine workers ‘want wages to be more than doubled’ and more…











Mining companies operating in Zimbabwe and the main labour union in the industry have reached a deadlock in pay talks for next year after the trade union demanded that wages be more than doubled, two people familiar with the negotiations said.

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Is Nigerian Content Act Indigenising the Oil Industry?

Africa Brief: Edgar’s and Jet set to open in Ghana, Pirates threaten Gulf of Guinea’s oil trade and more…











Edcon, the owner of Edgars and Jet, has announced that they will be opening new stores in Ghana and Nigeria in the next year. The region has caught the eye of retailers in search of higher yields and untapped consumer spending potential.

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Africa Brief:Tough budget for president, Climate shift will hit Africa hard and more…











Nigeria’s president faces a daunting task when he presents next year’s budget tomorrow; with tighter spending likely to be shot down the legislators keen to keep the wheels of patronage turning ahead of elections in 2015.

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