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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.
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.
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.
Africa Brief : African risks ‘no different to emerging world’, Chinese bank to fund Kariba and more…
Operating in Africa is not without its challenges whether it is local infrastructure, fragmented regulations or unreliable systems, but this is just normal in the course of doing business according to Procter & Gamble MD. The global consumer goods has grown tremendously in the past decade.
Africa Brief: Standard Bank expands in Africa, IMF urges Sudan to set aside more for the needy and more
Standard Bank opened a representative office in Cote d’lvoire yesterday, taking its footprint to 19 African countries. The representative office, based in Abidjan, “signifies a deliberate drive by Standard Bank into the West Francophone Africa region”, it said.
Africa Brief: Zambia considers $1bn eurobond to plug deficit, Renewable energy adds to CIG’s ‘robust results’ and more…
President Jacob Zuma and his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Joseph Kabila have signed a treaty for the construction of the $80bn Grand Inga Project during Mr Zuma’s state visit that is expected to end today.
Africa Brief: Local food firms eye expansion in rest of Africa, Zimbabwe to start joint ENRC mine and more…
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s political troubles are increasing pressure on the central bank of Africa’s second-largest economy to devalue its currency, risking higher prices on all goods from food to oil.
Africa Brief: Nigerian bourse targets 500 IPOs, Sage Africa Expands with office in Nigeria and more …
An Investment announced by the Renault-Nissan alliance and west African conglomerate Stallion Group to jointly launch vehicle assembly in Nigeria is not something the South African government fears but welcomes, according to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.
Africa Brief: AU move leaves ICC relations in tatters, CEOs in Africa expect operations on continent to grow and more…
Algeria wants to revive long-neglected industries as a result of the disappointing economic performance due to its reliance on oil and gas. Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, told business leaders and trade unionists that “reindustrialisation must be the engine of strong and healthy economic growth”.
Africa Brief: Africa must join hands in fighting red tape, Nigeria hands power to private buyers and more…
If African countries do not work together to resolve impediments such as bureaucratic red tape and lack of infrastructure, growth will continue to be constrained, Shoprite Holding’s chairman Christo Wiese said. The search for higher yield has consumer-facing players turning their attention to Africa as the next hot ticket.
Africa Brief : Indian Bank promotes African Investments, AngloGold to cut Ghana mine jobs in mechanizing efforts and more …
SA is among 15 African economies identified by the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) as an alluring investment and export destination, says the bank’s executive director David Rasquinha. The bank’s role includes promoting infrastructure development in African countries while facilitating private sector development.
Africa Brief: Angola first daughter to enter grocery retail, Clover to milk opportunities in the rest of Africa and more …
Portugal’s biggest retailer Sonae plans to open five food hypermarkets in Angola, in partnership with Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the country’s president, with the first scheduled for 2015, a company board member said last Thursday.
Africa Brief: Africa falls far behind in mobile broadband access, Famous brands gets big in Nigeria and more
Whereas the rest of the world prepares to introduce and welcome 5G communications technology, most of Africa is still struggling to launch 2G, let alone 3G technology in their markets which is already behind the LTE and 4G in uses around the world. While Africa is the most rapidly growing market for mobile technology, it still has one of the lowest penetration rates.
Africa Brief: Ghana plans oceanic terminal for imported LNG, Prosecutors Face big test as Ruto appears before ICC and more
In this Africa Brief: Ghana plans to build a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off its Atlantic Ocean coast to receive imported gas that would be used to produce up to 1.500MW of electricity by 2016, a senior energy official said in Nairobi yesterday. Kenya’s deputy president appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday charged with co-orchestrating a post-election bloodbath five years ago, a case that will test the stability of a country seen as vital to security in East Africa. Grindrod is already considering a third phase expansion of its car terminal at Maputo port in Mozambique, which is a growing competitor to Trans-net’s car facility in Durban… and more.
In this Africa Brief: East African countries are grappling with the challenge of how to fast-track training of oil and gas engineers after unexpected and continuing discoveries have positioned the region as a future global oil hot spot…Nigeria’s securities regulator was investigating pan-African lender Ecobank International over an alleged misstatement of its 2012 performance, a source at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Friday Nigeria’s SEC held meetings with Ecobank’s board of directors on August 6 to discuss the issue, which was raised by a suspended former head of finance at the bank, the source said, but did not elaborate as to what the bank was accused of misstating…
Africa Brief: Fewer dollars as Angolan oil firms pay some suppliers in kwanzas, Food retailers’ premium drops to three-year low and more…
A foreign exchange law in Angola has halved the value of dollars auctioned by the central bank since June as the country considers letting its currency trade on international markets.
Sierra Leone exported $102 million (R1bn) worth of diamonds in the first half of 2013, up from $71m in the same period from 2012. The government collected $5.1m in taxes in line with the 5 percent export levy.
Africa Brief: Violence in Egypt knocks markets, Ghana’s consumer price inflation, oil thieves in Nigeria and more
Egyptian shares have slumped after police moved to disperse two anti- government sit-ins in Cairo, leaving at least 13 dead. The benchmark EGX 30 index retreated 1.1 percent to 5585.12 at 11.11am in Cairo. The death toll reported by the Health Ministry was disputed by the Muslim Brotherhood, which claims hundreds were killed by security forces…
Africa Brief: ‘Good gains’ in Botswana property investment, Zimbabwe economic activity, growth in Africa and more
In this Africa Brief: Direct investment property in Botswana produced total returns of 17.9% last year, beating returns on South African fixed investment property, which delivered a 15.2% total return last year. Economic experts and business executives in Zimbabwe are expecting a further slowdown in economic activity in Zimbabwe after weekend election results…
Africa Brief: Egypt buys less local wheat than last year, Mugabe expected to stay on, mobile data and more
Egypt has bought 3.675 million tons of wheat from local farmers so far this season and will continue to buy from them until 30 July 2013; the state news agency yesterday quoted the country’s main state wheat buyer as saying. “The total amount of local wheat supplied till now is 3.675 tons, 41000 tons less than the same period last year,” state news agency Mena quoted Mamdouh Abdel Fattah, the vice-chairperson of the General Authority for Supply Commodities, as saying.
Africa Brief: Kenya slashes coffee output on poor prices, Nigeria startup coins it on vast jobless number, and more
Kenya has lowered its coffee production and export earnings projections for the 2012-13 (October-September) coffee year due to poor global prices and reduced crop acreage, the industry regulator said, The Coffee Board of Kenya said it expected production of 44000 tons of coffee, down from the previous year’s 49 003 tons. Export earnings for the season could dip to 17 billion shillings (R1.9bn) from 19 billion shillings made previously.
Africa Brief: Call for power grid investors, Egypt gets boost in Saudi Funding, Ethiopian dam raises concern, and more
Sierra Leone was seeking $3.5 billion (R34.5bn) of investment from the private sector to overhaul its creaking electricity industry with the aim of increasing output tenfold by 2017, Deputy Energy Minister Martin Bash-Kamara said at the weekend. Sierra Leone has one of Africa’s lowest power generation capacities, at just 100 megawatts for its 5.6 million people. Bash-Kamara said the government had signed memorandums of understanding with investors to develop power projects in the mineral-rich country
Zambia, the third-biggest emerald producer, will decide this week if it will allow stones mined in the country to be auctioned abroad, said Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma. The government would base its decision on the success of an auction under way in the capital, Lusaka, by Gemfields’s local unit, he said in an interview yesterday at the sale.
More than 4 500 Chinese had left Ghana since a crackdown on illegal mining began last month, with the illicit industry having drawn scores of Chinese to the country an official said on Friday Ghana Immigration Services spokesman Francis Palmdeti said that between June 1 and July 3, a total of 571 Chinese had been arrested or had voluntarily turned themselves over to immigration authorities in Ghana.
Africa Brief: Timing vital for African success, Zambian telecoms, campaign begins in divided Mali and more
Timing is crucial for both companies and investors, seen in a recent report produced by Avior. Wrong execution or timing could damage investor confidence and destroy capital. For instance, Altech operations in Nigeria and Kenya have been generating significant losses until disposal thereof in January 2013. Altech’s net cash resources have dwindled from Rl.6bn to a net debt position of around R800 million over the past four years. The researchers concluded that the best time to buy into a company depended on the differential between growth in South Africa and growth across its borders, as well as the extent of the company’s exposure to the rest of Africa.
Africa Brief: Inflationary pressure feared, Togo-Ecobank goes on hiring drive, Famous Brands in Africa and more
Uganda’s central bank held its benchmark lending rate at 11 percent on 2 July 2013, citing renewed inflationary pressure. Policymakers said the bank expected annual core inflation would rise slightly over the next two or three months, before falling back towards its medium-term target of 5 percent.
Angola has delayed plans for the start of stock-exchange trading by a year to 2016, with a futures and commodities market in Africa’s second-biggest oil producer set to open a year later. Angola expects its stock exchange to have a market value of 10% of gross domestic product within 18 months of its startup, he said. Angola’s largest banks, which include Banco Angolano de Investimentos and Banco de Poupanca e Credito, as well as cellphone companies Unitel and Movicel Telecomunicacoes, are expected to list on the exchange.
Zimbabwe’s state airline has been granted permission to resume flying to Intercontinental destinations. On Friday, Air Zimbabwe announced that the world aviation body had finalized the safety audit on replacement aircraft and new services. The airline was grounded last year because of pilot strikes and debt.
One sector of Swaziland’s otherwise declining economy -the construction industry -intends to localise construction jobs through new legislation that blocks South African construction firms from doing business in the country without a Swazi partner. The House of Assembly is considering the Construction Industry Council Bill, which forbids exclusive tendering of government projects to foreign firms. It also stipulates that jobs in the private sector cannot be given solely to non-local construction companies.
Kenya may face a “spike” in petrol costs and a shortage next month because of a dispute between fuel retailers and the country’s only refinery, the head of a leading fuel and oil retailer, Vivo Energy Kenya, has warned. Ten fuel-marketing companies have refused to adhere to a rule that they purchase 40% of their fuel needs from the 50-year-old refinery, the Oil Industry Supply Co-ordination Committee said in a letter sent to Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited (KPRL).